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Mervyn Bishop: the early years

Explore a personal perspective on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through the photos of Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop. Examine his photos and personal notes. Look at his childhood experiences and teenage years. Find out how he became one of the first Aboriginal people ever to work on a major Australian newspaper. ...

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May O'Brien reflects on becoming an activist, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of an interview with Western Australian Aboriginal educator and author May O'Brien. She recalls beginning secondary school in Perth in 1949 when she was aged 17, and how she went on to become a teacher. She also relates how she campaigned to improve education for all Indigenous children ...

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Indigenous students at school, c1941

This black-and-white photograph shows five Indigenous Australian children at school. Shot in close-up the photograph shows the young children gazing attentively, pencils in hand. They are seated in two crowded rows at long wooden desks and have half-size exercise books in addition to their pencils.

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Covenant of the League of Nations, 1919

This is the first page of the Covenant of the League of Nations, which is Part 1 of the Treaty of Versailles, the peace treaty to conclude the First World War signed at Versailles, France, on 28 June 1919 by the Allied nations and Germany. It begins with four guiding principles designed to promote international cooperation, ...

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Gough Whitlam's policy speech in 1972

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Gough Whitlam delivering the Labor Party’s policy speech at Blacktown Civic Centre, prior to his election as Prime Minister in 1972.

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'Armistice celebrations, Martin Place', Sydney, 1918

This is a black-and-white photograph, 8.7 cm x 14.2 cm, of the celebrations in Martin Place, Sydney, following the Armistice, which was signed on 11 November 1918 in France to end hostilities in the First World War. Looking east up from the junction with Pitt Street, the Place is packed with men, women and schoolchildren ...

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Kiwi-car at New Zealand Centennial Exhibition, 1939-40

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a van with a large kiwi (native New Zealand bird) on the side of it, taken at the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition Fair in May 1940. The van is towing at least two open-sided passenger trailers, each big enough to carry up to eight passengers, and has the words 'STOP US ANYWHERE!' ...

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Statue of the explorer Kupe and his companions, 1939

This is a very large monumental sculpture of three human figures. The Polynesian explorer Kupe holds a spear at the prow of his waka (canoe), Mätähoua; his wife, Hineiteäparangi (or Kuramarotini), points to the horizon; and the tohunga (skilled and respected person) Pekahourangi holds a tewhatewha (wooden battleaxe) and ...

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'John Batman's famous treaty with the blacks', c1914

This is a black-and-white engraving, measuring 40.4 cm x 57 cm, made by George Rossi Ashton (1851-1942) in about 1914. It depicts John Batman (1801-39) and an elderly Indigenous Australian man leaning over what is probably a treaty document on the decayed trunk of a large fallen tree. They are surrounded by 16 men, many ...

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'Where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed', 1882

This is a watercolour by Alfred Sharpe that shows the house where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, as seen from Motumaire Island in the Bay of Islands (far north of the North Island of New Zealand) in 1882. Steep exposed rocks, with a number of trees growing on them, dominate the foreground. The Treaty House is ...

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Tanker breaks in two, 1962 - asset 1

This is an excerpt taken from an item in a 1962 black-and-white Cinesound Review newsreel showing the rescue of 32 crew of a Liberian-registered oil tanker, the 'Bridgewater', which broke in two on 30 January 1962 in the Indian Ocean off Fremantle in Western Australia. With dramatic background music and the beeping sounds ...

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Tanker breaks in two, 1962 - asset 2

This is an excerpt taken from an item in a 1962 black-and-white Cinesound Review newsreel showing the rescue of 32 crew of a Liberian-registered oil tanker, the 'Bridgewater', which broke in two on 30 January 1962 in the Indian Ocean off Fremantle in Western Australia. With dramatic background music and a commentary, the ...

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Tanker breaks in two, 1962 - asset 3

This is an excerpt taken from an item in a 1962 black-and-white Cinesound Review newsreel showing the rescue of 32 crew of a Liberian-registered oil tanker, the 'Bridgewater', which broke in two on 30 January 1962 in the Indian Ocean off Fremantle in Western Australia. With dramatic background music, the segment comprises ...

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Shell's Geelong refinery, 1970s - asset 1

This is an excerpt taken from a colour film with soundtrack made by the Shell Film Unit in the 1970s announcing a 'major breakthrough' at the Shell refinery in Geelong, Victoria. It opens with a shot taken from a plane of an oil tanker behind the title 'Shell Report' and the red and yellow Shell logo, which is also painted ...

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Ghost shrimp

This is a colour photograph of a ghost shrimp ('Biffarius limosus') showing its single enlarged pincer. It is a living specimen illuminated against a black background.

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Children at the Day School at Point McLeay Reserve, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the classroom of the Day School at Point McLeay Aboriginal Reserve in South Australia. Its barefoot students are seated in rows, four or five abreast, on benches behind long desks. The classroom walls are covered with pictures and maps.

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North Stradbroke Island school, 1917

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a group of nine children on the veranda of the Special Provisional School at Myora (Moongalba) on North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane in Queensland. The school is a single-storey building elevated on wooden stumps with a pitched roof made from wooden shingles. This image first ...

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US troops off duty, Eagle Farm, Brisbane, c1943

This black-and-white photograph shows US soldiers and civilian women socialising during the Second World War at Eagle Farm in Brisbane, Queensland, probably at the US 81st Air Depot Group's base. One serviceman is dancing - probably jitterbugging - on a long table watched by the remainder of the group who are either sitting ...

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John Lewis tells of salvaging the Bridgewater, 2006

This is an edited audio recording of former tugboat captain John Lewis describing the operation to salvage the stern of an oil tanker, the Bridgewater, which broke in two on 30 January 1962 in the Indian Ocean off Fremantle in Western Australia. Lewis says that when his tug eventually got the stern close to Fremantle there ...