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Badge protesting against labelling of gay and lesbian minority, c1979

This is a circular badge with light blue background, featuring the word 'MEMBER' printed in white capital letters across the centre within a wide orange stripe. The words 'IMMORAL' and 'MINORITY', also in white capitals, are printed across the top and bottom respectively. There is slight rust at the top of the badge and ...


My Place - Episode 10: 1918: Bertie, Impact of war

Evelyn, Bertie's sister, receives news of the death of Freddie Miller. Bertie laments the death of his father and Freddie; both killed in the war. He tells Sid, an Aboriginal soldier, about his plan to buy his brother Eddie a present on his return from the war and they devise a plan to raise the money to purchase the gift.


The 'Grim Reaper', safe sex and homophobia

This clip is about some of the safe sex campaigns of the late 1980s and their unintended effect on the gay community. The clip opens with two safe sex community advertisements, including the famous 1987 Grim Reaper advertisement. Yianni Zinonos explains the value of the safe sex message but highlights the resultant increase ...

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African American salary disparity, 1968

How does it feel to be paid less than another person doing the same job, because of the colour of your skin? During the 1960s, this was the plight of many professional African Americans who were not paid equally for doing the same work as their white counterparts. Listen to David Dinkins, a New York lawyer, share his experiences.

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Harlem co-op supermarket, 1968

What would you do if you found out that you were being sold inferior groceries, at higher prices, just because of the colour of your skin? Harlem resident Cora Walker explains that this was the situation faced by members of Harlem's African American community in the late 1960s. See how the residents joined together to address ...

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Defending civil rights: an activist's perspective

What happens when the members of a society feel like they have no hope? This is the situation faced by members of Harlem's African American community in 1968, who find themselves in a cycle of poverty. Civil rights activists like Al Cook offer a solution to the problem: fight back.

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Australia's 1967 Referendum

Why have the results of the 1967 Referendum had a lasting symbolic significance? Civil rights activist Faith Bandler describes a long and well-organised struggle for the referendum and the reasons for it. Find out what percentage of Australians voted to alter the Constitution so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ...

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The cycle of urban poverty in Harlem, 1968

What is the cycle of poverty and squalor? Walk with ABC TV's 'Four Corners' program film crew on the streets of Harlem in 1968 as they are taken on a tour of the predominantly African American neighbourhood. Understand the level of poverty and urban squalor that faced African Americans living in Harlem at this time.

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Biography: Federation people: Mei Quong Tart

Investigate the popular tea-shop owner Mei Quong Tart's role in the move towards Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Quong Tart: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: ...

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Beach safety: video campaign: assessment

Assess your ability to build a video for a public awareness campaign about safety at the beach. Work with a lifesaver to help make a beach safer. Look at the importance of water safety and skin protection at the beach. Hear some safety tips from some beach-goers. Then build your video. Choose appropriate animated clips ...

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Point of view: newspaper report 1: assessment

Assess your ability to construct a newspaper report by selecting appropriate verbs, adverbial phrases and pronouns. Examine a model newspaper report. Read and listen to two witness reports of a skateboarding accident. Identify the two different points of view. Arrange paragraphs for the newspaper report. Select suitable ...

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Ned Kelly – hero or villain? – Teacher idea

This Teacher idea uses a range of TLF digital materials about Ned Kelly to develop students’ critical literacy skills and appreciation of the power of language. The key question of whether Kelly was a ‘hero’ or a ‘villain’ framed the unit. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.


Fire in Darwin's Chinatown, 1942

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the destruction by fire of Cavenagh Street in Darwin's Chinatown. Two servicemen can be seen standing well away from the fire, watching the scene. The air above the roofs of several low-lying buildings is filled with a thick pall of black smoke. A dirt road bordered by scrub ...

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Hitting the refresh button - unit of work

In this unit of work, students develop an appreciation of the ways in which characters, stories and issues can be reshaped or refreshed using a different medium. They learn about the ways 'To kill a mockingbird' by Harper Lee makes connections between attitudes and events in the south of the USA, and attitudes and events ...

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The 1967 Referendum - unit of work

In this unit of work students investigate the causes and effects of the 1967 Referendum. They identify what constitutes citizenship and citizen rights, and look at some of the differences between the civil rights of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians prior to the 1967 Referendum. They also investigate the process ...


Blood Brothers - Freedom Ride, 1993: Creating a revolution

This clip shows an interview with Dr Kumantjayi (Charles) Perkins as he drives through the countryside. The interviews are intercut with scenes illustrating his recollections of his boyhood and his early adulthood, which he describes in voice-over. The scenes of Perkins's past, some of which are archival and one a re-creation, ...


The Getting of Wisdom, 1978: 'What's your name? What's your father?'

This clip shows Laura Tweedle Ramsbothom (Susannah Fowle) arriving in the refectory of her new school where, amidst the stares and giggles of the other girls, she is greeted by Miss Chapman (Patricia Kennedy). In the garden Laura is surrounded by some of the girls, who taunt her about her name, her family and her dress. ...


My Place - Episode 6: 1958: Michaelis, The christening

Michaelis's father and friends are celebrating the birth of the baby in a traditional Greek way. The boys next door, who had bullied Michaelis and called him a 'wog', apologise and pay him a penny to replace his lost ice-cream. Janice shows her affection for Michaelis.

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Activities: History, Episode 3 - Relationships

This resource for History teachers is focused on relationships and gender issues in Australia. The resource supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 3 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series that investigates the social and political history of postwar Australia through the recollections ...

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Activities: English, Episode 3 - Relationships

This resource for English teachers is focused on relationships and gender issues in Australia. It supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 3 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 ...