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Activities: English, Episode 4 - Religion

This resource for English teachers is focused on the place of religion and spirituality in Australia. It supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 4 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series. This series investigates the social and political history of postwar Australia through archival ...

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Activities: History, Episode 4 - Religion

This resource for History teachers is focused on the place of religion and spirituality in Australia. It supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 4 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series. This series investigates the social and political history of postwar Australia through the ...

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Christine Dunlop dressed for First Communion with her aunt, Northcote, 1959

This is a black-and-white photograph of Christine Dunlop with her aunt, Sister Anne-Mary, in the back garden of the convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Northcote. Christine is dressed for First Communion, which was hosted by Sister Anne-Mary. The photograph was taken on 25 October 1959. The image is a digital scan ...

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'Bridewealth for a Goddess', 1980s and 90s

These three clips from a documentary film shot during the 1980s and early 1990s show preparations for a sacred ceremony performed near Mt Hagen in Papua New Guinea. In the first clip Ru, the organiser of the ritual, explains why he is revising this ancient ritual to Amb Kor, a fertility goddess. The second clip shows the ...

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Billy Graham's crusade in Australia, 1959

This clip is about the effect on Australians of US evangelist Billy Graham's Southern Cross Crusade. Newsreel footage of his arrival and crusade rallies in Sydney and Melbourne is intercut with interviews with Bruce Ballantine-Jones and Graeme Dunstan, who attended separate rallies. Ballantine-Jones speaks of his reasons ...

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Graeme Dunstan and Buddhism

This clip is about how and why Graeme Dunstan adopted Buddhism in the 1980s. Seated in the room where he first experienced Buddhist meditation, Dunstan speaks about how difficult it was and the feelings he experienced. He then explains that Buddhism as a philosophy and a code of moral practice appealed to him when he took ...

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Makiz Ansari and Islam

This clip is about Afghan-Australian Makiz Ansari's commitment to the Muslim faith. The first part of the clip describes how her family migrated to Australia in the 1990s when she was a child, after the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union (now Russia). The second part focuses on the profound effect of her study ...

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January Celebrations, Ratana Temple, 1963

This is a black and white photograph of a church service held at the Ratana Temple, near Wanganui in the North Island of New Zealand, in January 1963. The service commemorated the birthday of the founder of the Ratana Church, Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana (1873–1939). The photograph was taken looking over the congregation toward ...

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Ramadan

What's your big event for the year? For over one billion people worldwide it is Ramadan, a month of prayer and fasting for Muslims. Find out the origin of Ramadan and how Muslims celebrate this month-long religious festival.

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'A blazing light: For his Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche' by Georgia Walters

'A blazing light' by Georgia Walters is a poem commemorating the death of Buddhist Lama Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in which the narrator remembers him fondly and ponders questions about existence and the afterlife. The poem has the subtitle 'For his Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche' and is laid out in a simple single column, ...

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Prime Minister Curtin greets General MacArthur, 1943

This is a black-and-white photograph of Prime Minister John Curtin and United States General Douglas MacArthur greeting each other in Sydney on 7 June 1943. MacArthur is wearing army uniform including a leather bomber jacket and his own specially designed peaked cap while Curtin is in a pinstriped suit.

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Eternity, 1994: Eternity is a long time

This clip shows an actor (Lex Foxcraft), playing Arthur Stace, walking through the streets of Sydney and using chalk to write the word 'Eternity' in neat copperplate writing on the footpath. This is interspersed with footage of writer Dorothy Hewitt and photojournalist Mark Balfour, as well as the voices of two other Sydneysiders, ...

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Compass - Buddha Realms, Part 1, 2001: Buddha and the Bodhi Tree

This clip shows important Buddhist sites at Bodh Gaya in eastern India, the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment. The narrator, Dr Rachel Kohn, and Peter Harvey, an expert on Buddhism from the University of Sunderland in the UK, describe some of the Buddha's teachings and relate events in his life and in the history ...

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Tibetan ceremonial bell, 18th century

This is a brass Tibetan ceremonial bell known as a 'drilbu'. It was made in Tibet between 1700 and 1800. The body of the bell features ornate decoration, a tall handle with a circular hollow middle, a face on one side and a crowned top. Inside the bell a metal loop holds a long rusted metal clapper.

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Bronze figure of Aja the ram, 18th-century

This is a bronze statuette of Aja, the ram, a Hindu figure manufactured from bronze some time in the 18th century. Standing squarely on four legs, the ram has curled horns, and wears a cloth over his back and garlands around the neck. Beneath him are two dogs. In front of each of the ram's forelegs is a human figure and ...

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Egyptian worker ushabtis, 945-715 BCE

This is a worker ushabtis, made at some stage between 945 and 715 BCE. The male mummiform figure is made of Egyptian faience with a blue glaze finish. The figure is shown wearing a headdress and 'seshed' headband knotted at the back. The body is wrapped in bandages with only the head and arms visible, crossed left over ...

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Egyptian overseer ushabtis, 1070-712 BCE

This is an overseer ushabtis, made in Egypt sometime between 1070 and 712 BCE. The male mummiform figure is made of Egyptian faience with an exterior pale turquoise-blue glaze. The figure is shown wearing a short headdress and black painted 'seshed' headband knotted at the back. A vertical column of hieroglyphs are handpainted ...

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Set of standard metric weights, c1865

This is a set of standard metric weights of between 0.01 g and 1 kg, made of gilt brass and platinum wire, in a wooden box. The set includes five ivory lifters and two forceps. The box is 35 cm long x 19 cm wide x 12 cm high.

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Standard weight - Troy Pound, 1844

This is a Standard Troy Pound, Parliamentary Copy No. 29 of the British Standard Pound of 1844.

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Irene Jerzyk dressed for First Communion with mother at Midway Migrant Hostel, Maribyrnong, 1950

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Irene Jerzyk with her mother, Janina, at Midway Migrant Hostel, Maribyrnong. Irene is dressed for First Communion. The photograph was taken in 1950. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.