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Australian coin history

This interactive slideshow from the Royal Australian Mint provides a series of high resolution images and brief descriptions of currencies from Indigenous barter systems to modern Australian currency. A downloadable fact sheet on Australian coin history is accessible from selected pages within the slideshow.

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Defining moments in Australian History

This extensive web-based resource examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people and their personal, community and national histories. The resource includes a list of 100 'defining moments' identified by historians supported by background information, images, video and links to the ...

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Standing on Country

The purpose of this resources is for students in Stages 2 and/or Stage 3 to create meaningful Acknowledgements of Country collaborating with your local Aboriginal community; local Aboriginal Language group and/or Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG). The Standing on Country resource includes lessons with comprehensive ...

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HM Bark Endeavour virtual tour

This resource is an overview of the HM Bark Endeavour-a replica of the ship commanded by Lieutenant James Cook in his first voyage of discovery. Students may find it useful for studying European exploration and colonisation in Australia. Contains panoramas, image galleries and learning activities with audio narration.

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'Chinese carpenters at work, Emerald Hill', c1867

This is a black-and-white print that shows a group of Chinese carpenters in a workshop at Emerald Hill (South Melbourne) around 1867. A European man, who may be an artist, observes two of the carpenters at work. The carpenters appear to be making celestial carvings, which were spiritual objects for the Chinese, but which ...

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'Night refuge at the Immigrants' Home', c1873

This is a black-and-white print that depicts a group of men taking refuge at the Immigrants' Home in Melbourne. The men, most of whom are seated on wooden benches, are shown in a large common room. They are occupied by an activity that may be the picking of oakum. Sacks either hang from or have been placed on high shelves. ...

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Chinese workers at the Croydon Court House, c1905

This black-and-white photograph shows two lines of Chinese men, about 19 in all, squatting on the bare ground and eating a meal outside Croydon Court House in northern Queensland. The men are wearing Western-style long-sleeved shirts and trousers, and their queues (plaits) are wound around their heads. Plates and mugs are ...

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Laptop wrap: The Freedom Rides

This resource is a page with a focus on the Charles Perkins and the Freedom Rides as co-ordinated by the Student Action for Aborigines committee with supporting activities and links to resources.

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Mungo man goes home

The discovery of Mungo Man in 1974 rewrote history by revealing that Aboriginal people had been in Australia twice as long as previously thought. Named after the location at which it was found, the skeleton is around 42,000 years old. When discovered in 1974, Mungo Man was moved to a university in Canberra for scientific ...

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Laptop wrap: The first dismissal

This resource is a page with a focus on the dismissal of Jack Lang with supporting activities and links to resources.

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Camels in Coolgardie, 1890s

This is a photograph, an albumen print measuring 13.6 cm x 20.1 cm, taken in the 1890s and showing three camels sitting outside commercial premises in Bayley Street, Coolgardie, Western Australia. The camels are not tethered or harnessed in any way. With the exception of a woman who appears to be patting a camel, all the ...

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Loading camels, early 20th century

This is a sepia-toned photograph measuring 10.3 cm x 5.0 cm, taken in outback Australia in the early 20th century, probably by John Flynn (1880-1951). The photograph shows three men, one of whom is an Afghan cameleer, loading a camel with two wool bales. A camel already loaded stands in the foreground with other camels ...

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Telling the truth in history

In this resource Thomas Keneally addresses the issue of fictionalising history and the difference between novels and histories.

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The significance of Bennelong

In this resource Thomas Keneally speaks about the significance of Bennelong and contrasts him with Pemulwuy.

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Face2Face: Thomas Keneally

This resource is an interview with Thomas Keneally on his book, 'Australians: Origins to Eureka'.

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Thomas Keneally – Lachlan Macquarie

In this resource Thomas Keneally assesses Macquarie’s role in development of NSW.

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The use of images

In this resource Thomas Keneally reveals his reasons for choosing the images in 'Australians: Origins to Eureka'.

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Belonging

In this resource Thomas Keneally addresses the issues of belonging and of marginalised peoples.

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Thomas Keneally – more resources on Thomas Keneally

This resource is a page with web links to interviews, articles and book reviews. PDF

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The significance of Bennelong Point

In this resource Thomas Keneally speaks about the significance of Bennelong Point and the relationship between Governor Phillip and Bennelong. Learncast video.