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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 ...


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 ...


'Skippy' game and memorabilia, 1968-70

This is a collection of 'Skippy, the bush kangaroo' memorabilia. It includes a 'Skippy' board game, made by John Sands and Fauna Productions, Australia, in 1968-70. The game is pictured with its instructions and its cardboard box, which is illustrated with a picture of Skippy and the character Sonny in front of the ranger ...


Cowgirl dress-ups, c1950-80

This fancy dress costume consists of an 'Annie Oakley'-style cowgirl skirt and waistcoat.


Cowboy dress-ups, c1950-80

This is a boy's fancy dress costume of fabric and plastic cowboy chaps, from about 1950-80. The chaps are decorated with sheriff stars, a holster pocket and a metal buckle at the back. They are 580 mm high and 500 mm wide.

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Is reality TV 'real'?

How real is 'reality TV'? Is what we see on a show like 'Masterchef' or 'The Biggest Loser' reality? Or are these shows using a carefully contrived recipe to make us believe that what we are seeing is real? Discover what really goes on behind the scenes of reality TV and how 'reality' can be changed by careful editing.

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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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Zou ba! Television: favourite programs

Explore the Chinese words for types of television programs such as sci-fi, sports and game shows. Find out how to ask others about the television programs they like to watch. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Zou ba! Television: program schedules

Find out how to ask and answer questions about which type of program is on television at a particular time. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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'.


Lizzy Gardiner's Story of the Fame Game, 1997: 'Not a career'

This clip shows former 'Neighbours' star Ashley Paske talking about the difficulties he encountered pursuing an acting career after he left the television soap opera. Paske describes how he went to London and worked in theatre, but he found acting hard work with long stints of unemployment and little money. Paske says he ...


Lizzy Gardiner's Story of the Fame Game, 1997: 'Multiple personalities'

This clip shows John Holmes, head of drama at the Seven Network, being interviewed by filmmaker Lizzy Gardiner. Holmes claims that the stars of 'Home and Away' are heavily promoted because of the importance of the serial to the Network's prime-time schedule. The clip features an interview with Isla Fisher, who appeared ...


Gillies, 1987: 'Hiding behind a character'

This clip shows Australian comedian Max Gillies in 1987, impersonating the then Australian prime minister, Robert 'Bob' J Hawke, on Michael Parkinson's television program. Hawke is also a guest on the show. Footage of Gillies talking about his life and craft is intercut with black-and-white photographs from his childhood ...


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 ...


The Aunty Jack Show, 1974: 'I'll rip your bloody arms off'

This clip shows the closing sequence of 'The Aunty Jack Show', Series Two. Filmed on a rocky shoreline near Wollongong in New South Wales, the main characters Flange Desire, Kid Eager, Thin Arthur and Aunty Jack are seen in costume while Thin Arthur (Rory O'Donoghue) performs the song 'Farewell Aunty Jack'. The camera focuses ...