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'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.


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 ...


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 ...


The Gunston Tapes, 1975: The Liberal with a Labor face

This clip shows actor Garry McDonald in his role as inept interviewer Norman Gunston with a guest, former Australian Liberal prime minister John Gorton. It is an excerpt from the television series 'The Norman Gunston Show', recorded with a studio audience, and includes Gunston welcoming his guest and offering him refreshments ...


Eco House Challenge - Emission Impossible, 2007: In a bind

This clip shows an excerpt from 'Eco House Challenge' in which the Shepherd family is challenged to cut down on its car usage and the Edwards family tries to reduce its energy consumption to meet the 'energy hot spot challenge'. Host Glenn Hall takes the wheel clamps off the Shepherds's car but says they must limit its ...


Eco House Challenge - Stop Your Gassing, 2007: Two Aussie families

This clip shows an opening sequence from 'Eco House Challenge' that introduces the Edwards and the Shepherds, the two families participating in the challenge to live in a more environmentally sustainable way, and their 'eco coach', Tanya Ha. Against a jazz soundtrack a narrator introduces the two families. Footage of the ...

Interactive resource

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, ...

Interactive resource

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.

Interactive resource

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.