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Community enterprise: people, economy and the environment

Help a local council to investigate proposals for redeveloping an old factory site. Compare the benefits of building a swimming pool, toy factory or parkland. Gather facts and opinions from local residents at five places: job centre, library, council meeting, talkback radio station and shopping centre. Rate the economic, ...

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St Kilda Esplanade

This is a still image of St Kilda Esplanade from a silent era short film (called 'St Kilda Esplanade 1912') with early footage of the popular amusement park, Luna Park in St Kilda, a seaside suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. Visible in the background are the ferris wheel, the scenic railway, the flanking tower and the Palais ...

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Luna Park, St Kilda on Boxing Day - asset 1

This is a short excerpt from 'The St Kilda Esplanade on Boxing Day', a silent, black-and-white documentary film made in 1913. It begins with a close-up from behind of a crowd of people watching the flying boats, a high-swinging, fast-moving amusement ride. A second view from further away shows men, including at least one ...

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Luna Park, St Kilda on Boxing Day - asset 2

This is a short excerpt from 'The St Kilda Esplanade on Boxing Day', a black-and-white silent documentary film made in 1913. It shows a substantial crowd of people, some on or near an embankment and others inside a large pavilion. Some members of the crowd on the grassy area in the foreground have built makeshift shelters ...

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Luna Park, St Kilda on Boxing Day - asset 3

This is an excerpt from 'The St Kilda Esplanade on Boxing Day', a black-and-white silent documentary film made in 1913. The excerpt contains two scenes. The first shows a large crowd at the beach on what appears to be quite a windy day - some are wading in the water near a rocky section, while others in the distance are ...

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Beach at Manly, 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1953 at Manly, on Sydney's north shore, showing the area of Manly Cove then known as the Harbour Pool, as well as the wharf and the Fun Pier. The boardwalk running at an angle of roughly 45 degrees across much of the photograph comprises the edge of the Harbour Pool, and has ...

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A fun park in 1934

This is silent footage from a 1934 documentary entitled 'Clarence River district, northern NSW'. It shows men, women and children at a fun park, in small 'bumper boats', on a miniature train and on a fairground ride known as the 'Cha-cha'.

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TV soap opera actors, 1967

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1967 of two actors in the television soap opera, 'Bellbird'. Raymond Westwell played the part of Gregory Wrexell, a librarian, and Joan MacArthur played Adeline Phillips, the town gossip. They are standing in the set of a kitchen at the Ripponlea television studios of the Australian ...

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Grievous Bodily Harm, 1988: No more favours

This clip shows Detective Sergeant Ray Birch (Bruno Lawrence) at an armed siege, where he uses journalist Tom Stewart (Colin Friels) as a foil in order to shoot a rapist called Les (Richard Carter) who is holding a woman hostage. Negotiations have stalled and Birch sends for Stewart, offering him a 'scoop' if he talks to ...

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Oscar Whitbread looks back at 'Bellbird', 2005

This is an edited sound recording of Oscar Whitbread, one of the producers of the first successful Australian television soap opera, 'Bellbird'. Whitbread describes the production schedule and crews for the show at the time the first episodes were made, in Melbourne in the late 1960s. He also discusses the attitude to the ...