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1860s Colonial life

No TV. No electricity. No running water. No car. Imagine living on sheep stations in New South Wales in the 1860s.

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Aboriginal cultures: Sharing, connecting and practising

This digibook celebrates the resilience of Aboriginal Australian cultures, which are believed to be the oldest continuous living cultures on Earth. The colonisation of Australia led to many Aboriginal people being forcibly removed from their land and denied the opportunity to practise their cultures. But Aboriginal cultural ...

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Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing

This is a very rich resource for students from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), which gives them an insight into the art of Shaun Tan through a focus on both the book and the film of The Lost Thing. The content focuses on aspects of storytelling, including themes, techniques, forms and language, visual, ...

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The Boat

SBS has adapted the title short story in Nam Le's anthology 'The Boat' for an interactive graphic novel. It is recommended for students of 15+ years. A number of comprehension activities are provided for students to engage with as they read the story, including predicting, monitoring, summarising, questioning, visualising ...

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The first modern humans in south-east Asia

This is a multilayered resource about the theories and evidence of the origins of the first modern humans in south-east Asia. It has four sections: Theories; The sout-heast Asian fossil record; The appearance of sout-heast Asian features; and The first modern Indonesians. The Related sections, Related items and Related ...

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Loot and land

This resource is about Viking conquests in the British Isles. It includes text and some images. The resource is organised under seven topic headings: Terror from the sea; Lindisfarne sacked; Who were the Vikings?; Ships and navigation; A fair wind for raiding; The need for more land; and Find out more. The images are interposed ...

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Black Death: the disease

The resource is about the plague, the disease known as Black Death in 14th-century England. It describes the three variations of the disease: bubonic, pneumonic and septicaemic, and the causes and symptoms of the disease. It also considers the origins of the bacteria, the conditions needed for an epidemic to occur and the ...

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The Cold War 1945-1991

Cold War tensions between the USA and the USSR became so significant that a potentially disastrous nuclear war seemed imminent.

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Election time

There are significant differences in the political systems of Australia and the US. Australia's system is inherited from the UK whereas the US one grew out of its 1789 Constitution. How else are the two parliamentary systems different?

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Black Death

This resource is about the plague that broke out in England from 1348-49. It provides an overview of the plague in the British Isles beginning with the initial outbreak in Dorset, which then spread to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The resource includes many contemporary descriptions of the plague, the death toll ...

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Conscription in the 20th century

This collection examines the history of conscription in Australia, with a particular focus on the conscription debate in World War One and during the Vietnam War.

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The beginning of the end

What was Jewish life like in Europe before World War II and how did the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party change this? Learn more about this tragic period directly from the artefacts and voices of Melbourne Holocaust survivors.

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Panchatantra: the lion and the rabbit

This is a folk story titled The lion and the rabbit from the Panchatantra, a book that contains a collection of South Asian folk stories dating back at least 2,000 years. The message of the story is that intelligence is power. The story is eight web pages in length and includes text, illustrations, arrows at the top of ...

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Pillar of Ashoka

This resource is about a significant individual in history. It shows a fragment of a pillar built by the Emperor Ashoka in India about 240 BC. On the fragment is part of an inscription that uses a type of writing known as 'Brahmi'. The inscription is by Ashoka. It reads of how the great conquest in life is not over other ...

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The king stands up

This is a traditional Buddhist folktale from Tibet called The king stands up. The story is about a king trying to find an intelligent and trustworthy advisor; the message of the story is about mindfulness. The resource is 15 web pages in length and includes text, illustrations, arrows at the top of the resource to turn ...

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Viking religion

This resource is about the Vikings attitude to religion. It includes text and some images. The resource is organised under six topic headings: The age of conversion; Pagan belief; Gods and giants; Pagan and Christian together; Conversion in Scandinavia; and Find out more. Interposed in the text are images of an amulet, ...

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The water cycle

This is a digital version of a chapter from a textbook about the natural processes that cycle water through the biosphere and the factors that affect the water cycle. Using text and diagrams, the resource discusses the importance of water to life on Earth, the physical and biological processes involved in the water cycle, ...

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How we use energy

This resource is a web page that introduces some ways in which energy is used to maintain our current lifestyle and produce consumer goods. It considers the mass production of goods, a brief history of fossil-fuel usage, the energy sources used in Australia and the energy required to produce clean water. Links to relevant ...

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Energy changes

This is a digital version of a chapter from a textbook about different types of energy transformations. The resource discusses and provides everyday examples of changing energy from one form to another, the law of conservation of energy and the efficiency of energy transformations. Short practical activities are described ...

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Cow pow-er

This resource is a web page about using animal waste as a energy source. It contains a brief introduction to the topic and a link to a video that describes a small community project that generates biogas for use in cooking and lighting in homes in a village in Honduras. The resource also contains another link to a web page ...