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First settlement at Challicum, January 1, 1842

This is a watercolour by Duncan Cooper that depicts the first settlement at Challicum, a sheep run west of Ballarat in western Victoria. The watercolour shows the camp the men set up on New Year's Day, 1842 while they assessed the suitability of the land for running sheep. The two men depicted standing next to the campfire ...

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'First hut at Challicum, 1842'

This is a watercolour by Duncan Cooper that depicts the first hut built at Challicum, a sheep run west of Ballarat in western Victoria. The basic hut consists of timber slabs and a roof clad with bark. Mount Langi Ghiran and Mount Cole form part of the mountain range shown behind the hut. The watercolour, which measures ...

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Liveability and sustainable living - teacher resource

This resource for teachers is a series of 12 activities in three parts that can be used to support the year 7 geography unit, Place and liveability. Each part includes several detailed activities relevant to exploring different aspects of liveability. These include: investigating local qualities of liveability, making comparisons ...

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Development and health - teacher resource

This teaching sequence provides activities for students that link to a range of online resources, particularly the BBC website Development and health. It assists teachers to use particular websites and online tools that underpin learning and lines of inquiry. Students develop an understanding of the different dimensions ...

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What is a mega-region?

Population growth is one of the problems facing Australians cities. Dr Julian Bolleter from the Urban Design Research Centre at the University of Western Australia says creating mega-regions could be a potential solution. What is a mega-region? In order to create a mega-region, what must happen first?

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Convict Road - iTunes app

This app is for iphone. Explore the history of the Old Great North Road World Heritage site. Hear from National Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger Sarah Brookes, watch videos and discover the secrets of the Old Great North Road as you follow in the footsteps of the convicts, soldiers and government officials who built the ...

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Food production in the Murray-Darling Basin

This thirteen and a half minute video highlights the importance of food and fibre production in the Murray Darling Basin. It explores the perspective of the farm families involved in both irrigated and dryland farming and explains how their products are distributed to local, national and global markets. This video also ...

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Diversity, identity and Australian culture

This teaching resource focuses on immigration and settlement patterns in Australia. It explores the migration experience, and the impact that immigrants from diverse cultural backgrounds have had on Australian society and its changing identity.

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Australian family homes

After World War 2 the 'Australian Dream' was to own a home on a quarter-acre block, with a Hills Hoist in the backyard. What sort of home is the 'dream' now?

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Commuter ferry proposal, Tasmania, 2013

What's the main form of transport in towns or cities you are familiar with? Watch this clip about a proposal for a commuter ferry service between two Tasmanian communities: Hobart and Kingston. Find out about the costs involved and some potential benefits of transporting people by water.

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Why plants are good for liveable cities

Central Park in Sydney was voted the world's best tall building. It is known for the plants in its beautiful vertical gardens which cover its surfaces, but did you know that the garden is not purely decorative? Watch this video to find out what other purpose the vertical garden has.

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Victorian Heritage Database

This is a rich, interactive resource that lists Victoria’s most significant heritage: places, objects, shipwrecks and archaeological sites. It has four main sections: Introduction; Explore heritage map; Recommended tours; and Timeline browser. The Explore heritage map searches for sites and provides information and images ...

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Articles about democracy from The Conversation

This resource is a collection of short articles about democracy in Australia (including state and federal elections; the role of democracy in contemporary) and around the world (e.g. Turkey, Greece, Thailand, Zambia, Sri Lanka and elsewhere). The articles are authored by experts from universities in Australia and around ...

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Analysis of UN climate change negotiations from The Conversation

This resource is a collection of short articles about climate change and the issues under negotiation at the upcoming UN Paris climate talks in December 2015. The articles are authored by experts from universities in Australia and around the world. The collection is regularly updated with new contributions.

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Now you're cooking with biogas!

Biogas is a renewable form of energy. In India, it's being made from cow dung and is contributing to the improved wellbeing of the nation's poorest communities. See how the use of appropriate technology can help to break the cycle of poverty.

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Race against time: preserving Ngan'gi bush lore

For over two decades, scientists and elders in the Northern Territory's Daly River region have been recording the traditional knowledge of the Ngen'giwumirri and Ngan'gikurunggurr people. Information about more than 560 plants and animals has been collected so far. Few Ngen'giwumirri and Ngan'gikurunggurr elders are still ...

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Lt William Dawes refuses to kill

Imagine how you would react if you were a soldier ordered to commit an atrocity. Would you obey your orders or, risking severe punishment, obey your conscience? In this re-enactment discover how three senior officers dealt with such an issue in 1790 when Governor Arthur Phillip ordered the killing of Aboriginal men as a ...

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Using lasers to fight coastal erosion?

Coastal settlements are often battered by forces of erosion. See how planners use accurate, reliable data about the changing coastline to combat erosion. Take a trip to the beach to see how technology, including GPS and airborne laser systems (Lidar), are lending a hand.

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World population explosion, 1996

The growth of the world's population and the pressure this places on resources and the environment is a highly debated topic. Watch this clip from 1996 to find out about the trends and concerns associated with population growth at that time, and consider how perspectives and patterns may differ today.

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Melbourne from a tram

Get ready to board a Melbourne tram for a journey around the City Circle route! Along the way, the passengers on the tram will highlight some aspects of Melbourne's urban design, both past and present, giving you a real sense of place. Is this the most 'liveable' city in Australia, as many claim, or a city in need of change?