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Dorothy Griffin: great Australian women

Help an editor to produce a series of magazine issues about outstanding Australian women such as Dame Nellie Melba and Edith Cowan. Choose from a shortlist of women well known in these fields: writing, the arts, business, social reform and 'firsts'. Review and compare historical material, including photographs. Summarise ...

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New homes

After World War II, the Australian Government actively encouraged displaced persons to migrate from Europe. Look at a world map showing the journeys taken by two women from Europe to their new homes in Australia. Explore each woman's collection of personal belongings and links to their backgrounds: circumstances of leaving, ...

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The first golden age of cricket

Look at a map showing how the British Empire has influenced where cricket is now played. Find out about people that first helped Australia to become a great cricketing nation. Look inside lockers in a sports change room from the 1930s. Examine sporting equipment, photographs and archival footage. Look at women and Aboriginal ...

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Discovering democracy: what sort of nation?

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore what has influenced the sort of nation Australia is and how it has changed over time. Complete a related task.

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Twentieth-century representations of women - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how the teaching of visual literacy took place within a unit exploring the representation of women in magazines across the twentieth century. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.


Drawing of Caroline Chisholm

This is a black-and-white drawing of the 19th-century humanitarian and social reformer Caroline Chisholm, shown sitting in front of a covered table reading some papers, with a quill pen and books to the right. On the wall behind is a partial drawing of what may be a sea chart or map. Chisholm has been drawn wearing a dark-coloured ...


Wolf Klaphake, enemy alien, 1941

This one-page report is part of a series of official documents concerning Wolf Klaphake, a German national who was classed as an enemy alien and held in an internment camp in Australia from 1940 to 1944. The report is addressed to the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Eastern Command and is headed 'National Security (Aliens ...


Female swimmers at Kenny's Baths, 1917

This is a clip of a group of women bathers at Kenny's Baths near St Kilda, Melbourne, in 1917. They are shown standing in rows on steps leading down from wooden change areas. The clip is from a segment in a black-and-white silent newsreel and is introduced by the title 'Melbourne Sunday Morning Scenes at St. Kilda Continental ...


A female swimmer at Kenny's Baths

This is a clip of a young woman in a bathing costume sitting on a deep water pile at Kenny's Baths near St Kilda, Melbourne, in 1917, with a pre-adolescent girl standing behind her. The clip is taken from a segment in a black-and-white silent newsreel introduced by the title, not shown in this clip, 'Melbourne Sunday Morning ...


Irrigating beans in 1943 - asset 2

This is a small (82 mm x 58 mm) posed black-and-white photograph showing four women of the Australian Women's Land Army, sitting on or leaning against an unused wooden wagon, taking a break in their work of irrigating a bean crop near Bathurst, New South Wales, in early 1943. The photograph was taken with a Kodak Brownie ...


Wearing the new summer uniform

This is a small (58 mm x 82 mm) black-and-white photograph showing three members of the Australian Women's Land Army standing in a doorway at The Mount (now Abercrombie House) in Bathurst, New South Wales. The photograph was taken with a Kodak Brownie camera belonging to Betty Campbell (now Horne) in early 1943 during the ...


Young women in a Sydney street in 1943

This is a posed black-and-white photograph taken by a street photographer in Sydney, New South Wales, in autumn 1943. It shows Betty Campbell (now Horne) and Joyce Harrison, members of the Australian Women's Land Army, and Campbell's friend, Nancy Wilkinson. On the back of the photograph are two pencil notations: 'Wilkinson ...


Second World War AAMWS recruitment brochure

This is a government recruitment brochure designed to encourage women to join the Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS), probably published in 1943. The brochure describes the types of jobs that were available and includes details of conditions of service and rates of pay. One side of the brochure folds out to ...


Girl in school uniform, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in the backyard of an early house in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, showing a girl, Adele Mildenhall, in her school uniform of a box-pleated tunic, white blouse, hat, long socks and leather shoes. A woman can be seen leaning on a screen door on the edge of the photograph.


Jam bottling at Cottee's in 1972

This is a black-and-white photograph taken at Cottee's General Foods Ltd jam factory at Leichhardt, New South Wales in 1972. It shows three women working at a jar-filling machine and two women working at a bench.


Women surf lifesaving competitors, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph of women from the Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club in a march-past on Manly Beach in 1956.


Receptionist at work, 1982

This is a colour photograph of a female receptionist sitting in front of an electric typewriter and talking on a telephone in 1982.


Ansett female pilot and trainee pilot, 1981

This black-and-white photograph shows Deborah Wardley, Australia's first female pilot to be employed by a major commercial airline, Ansett. Taken in 1981, the photograph shows Wardley on the left with trainee pilot Felicity Bush on the right.


Female apprentice in the metal trades, 1967

This is a 1967 black-and-white photograph of Miss Dawn Wild, an apprentice fitter and machinist in Sydney, using a micrometer to measure a 'bush' cut by a lathe. She is wearing a hard hat and overalls and is pictured inside the factory beside the large lathe.


Beauty contest, 1970

This is a colour photograph of contestants in the Coral Queen Contest, a beauty contest held during the Great Barrier Reef Islands Festival of 1970. It shows the contestants lined up on a podium on the sand in swimsuits and sandals and holding up travel posters advertising Ansett ANA.