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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 ...


The Art of Healing, 2005: Jesus's belly button

This clip shows Eastern Arrernte women from the Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) community in central Australia talking about the murals they painted in the Santa Teresa church and the effect their paintings have had on their community and visitors to the church. Slow-moving close-up shots show sections of the murals in detail, ...


'Altar, St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney', 1900-17

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. Probably taken between 1900 and 1917, it shows one of the side altars in St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, New South Wales. The ornate altar is built in the gothic style and is decorated ...


'Prophet Isaiah, Apostle St Peter, Sundar Singh', 1936

This is a stained-glass window, designed in 1936 by Christian Waller (1894-1954) for a church in Bendigo, Victoria. The window is made up of three vertical panels, which measure 305 cm x 46 cm, 345 cm x 46 cm and 305 cm x 46 cm. Each panel features a single figure of a man, identified by a name that appears at the base ...


'Ancilla Domini', c1896

This is an oil painting on canvas made in Paris, around 1896, by Rupert Bunny (1864-1947). Measuring 100.3 cm x 110.4 cm, it shows an angel standing in front of a kneeling woman in a boldly coloured room. The angel is reaching out towards the woman with one hand, and holding a long stem of white lilies in the other. The ...


Easter eggs, c1980s

This is a group of blown eggs similar to those decorated during Holy Week to celebrate Easter in the Romanian Orthodox Christian tradition. They were made by hand during the 1980s in Adelaide, South Australia, by Romanian immigrant Gabriella Iana using the patterns and colours of traditional designs from different regions ...


Building stones, c1850s

These are three building stones recovered in 1855 from the shipwrecked 'Nashwauk'. They are hand carved with decorative motifs. The smallest stone has a flower motif and measures 14.0 cm (height) x 14.5 cm (width) x 14.5 cm (depth). The stone at back right has a motif of masons' tools, including a hammer, chisel and protractor, ...


Jewish banner, 1986

This is a banner that was designed and made by the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation. In shades of green, red, blue and gold, it shows Jerusalem, the Star of David over Adelaide on a map of Australia, a ram's horn and scrolls from the Torah. The banner measures 77 cm x 173 cm.


Balinese women creating 'banten', 1996

This is a colour photograph of two women creating religious offerings, or 'banten'. The women are beginning to weave a decorative fringe using young coconut leaves cut in a style suitable for a particular occasion or ceremony. Elaborate offerings made of fruit are carried to temples during temple ceremonies. The women in ...


Coptic textile piece, 3rd century

This is a fragment of linen and wool, made in Egypt during the 3rd century. It shows a roughly oval-shaped trefoil (a three-lobed decorative unit) leaf-shaped floral motif, worked on a linen warp in black, red and dark-tan wool in tapestry weave within a plain weave ground. The fragment measures 7.0 (width) x 9.5 cm (depth).


The Business of Making Saints, 1994: Flying friar

This clip shows a series of paintings of Saint Joseph of Cupertino who was known as the Flying friar. A voice-over narration and an interview with Brother Joseph Wood (a Franciscan friar) tell the story of the Italian saint who was believed to levitate when he prayed. The clip shows the bedroom of St Joseph of Cupertino ...


'Mary has a heart' by Eirian Chapman

'Mary has a heart' is a black-and-white artwork by Eirian Chapman that depicts the Virgin Mary cradling an infant in her arms in a 'Madonna and Child' pose. The infant does not appear to be the baby Jesus, but rather is a creature with tentacle-like growths emerging from its face. Mary is depicted with an oversized heart ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Teacher resource

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 ...


Through a child's eye: an especially joyous exhibition of mandalas

This is a presentation of seven slides displaying a small exhibition of children's stories, related drawings and background information about mandalas. The stories and drawings illustrate selected fables as an expression of Buddhist teachings. The presentation was created as a result of an art project to commemorate the ...

Moving Image

Korean Buddhist art

This is a video that documents the creation of a traditional Buddhist painting by Korean Buddhist nun and artist Seol Min, who has dedicated her life to the tradition of Buddhist painting. It shows the artist in the process of painting a Buddhist deity and other Buddhist images, which is considered an important religious ...