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Listed under:  History  >  Historical inquiry  >  Historical sources  >  Primary sources
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Baudin arrives in New Holland

Imagine the excitement of Nicolas Baudin and his scientists when they reach 'New Holland'. After seven months at sea they can finally explore this strange new land. This clip describes the thrill and the tragedy of Baudin's first days in 'New Holland'.

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Wedding cake survives World War I

When studying history, how useful are primary sources? For example, we may know from secondary sources how valued personal effects and mementos were to soldiers fighting in trenches overseas during World War I. What is the effect of having something like this wedding cake, a primary source, to validate this proposition?

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Ground zero 1945, a schoolboy's story

This is a powerful collection of online materials focusing on the illustrated testimony of atomic bomb survivor Akihiro Takahashi who was a schoolboy when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The materials consist of an introduction to Takahashi and his work for peace; four Visual Narratives of Takahashi's experiences illustrated ...

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The Black Ship Scroll

This is a collection showing two versions of the Black Ship Scroll, a long painted scroll ('emaki') depicting the members of US Commodore Matthew Perry's second expedition to Japan, their ships and their activities. One of the scroll versions shown is the famous 9-metre scroll painted in Shimoda. Animations show the two ...

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Our nation: then and now - teacher resource

This is a resource about analysing photographs taken at the time of Federation and comparing them with contemporary photographs. It includes a set of eight photographs and a suggestion about where to find more. The resource also contains detailed suggestions about how students should examine the photographs, a Federation ...

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Multicultural stories - unit of work

This is a unit of work about immigration to Australia. Intended for middle secondary students, the unit is organised around historical research into three areas: the reason/s that people left their homelands, the contributions migrants have made and possible motivations for their contributions, and the history of Australia's ...

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Votes for women - unit of work

This is a unit of work about the struggle for female suffrage in Australia. Intended for upper secondary students, the unit is organised around historical research into five questions: When did the struggle begin? What was the political and social background? What obstacles did women face? What were the links between the ...

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Australia and World War I - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about World War I, in particular Australia's participation in the war and how it affected and continues to affect the nation's sense of identity. Intended for upper secondary students, the unit is organised around five areas of investigation: the origins of World War I; how Australians saw ...

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Background to Federation - unit of work

This is a unit of work about the nature of Australian identity at the time of Federation in 1901 and how Federation contributed to the development of that identity. Intended for middle secondary students, the unit is organised around a historical investigation into national identity and its development, using five aspects ...

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The people make a nation - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about how Australia became a federation and how its federal system of government works. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units and is organised around four focus questions explored through sequences of learning that include suggested student activities and assessment tasks. ...

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Democratic struggles - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about how democratic rights were achieved in Britain and Australia. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units and is organised around five focus questions explored through sequences of learning that include student worksheets and assessment tasks. Three of the focus questions ...

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Making a nation - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about how people decide to form a federation, how a federated nation works, how federations can break apart and whether Australia should become a republic. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units and contains several case studies from Australian and United States history ...

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What sort of nation? - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about the sort of nation Australia was and is now, how immigration and economic factors have shaped the kind of nation we are, and the sort of country we want to be in the future. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units and is organised around five focus questions that ...

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Syllabus Bites: The Polynesian expansion

This resource is a webpage with information, study guide and resources on Polynesian and Maori history.

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Peter FitzSimons: Interview

This resource is an interview with Peter FitzSimons. Learncast PDF.

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Peter FitzSimons: Introduction

This resource is an introduction to Peter FitzSimons. Learncast PDF.

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Home front wartime Sydney 1939-45

This resource is about the home front during World War II. Sections are: Empire at war, Sydney under attack, Work or perish, Doing your bit, Love and war, War’s end.

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Interview with Paul Ham

A series of video clips of an interview with author, Paul Ham. Paul is the author of Kokoda and Vietnam: The Australian War, and worked as the Australian correspondent of the London Sunday Times from 1998 to 2013. He talks about researching and writing history, and about his books on Kokoda and the Vietnam War. The clips ...

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Peter FitzSimons: writing style

In this resource Peter FitzSimons talks about his writing style. Learncast video.

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Peter FitzSimons: Inspiration

In this resource Peter FitzSimons talks about his inspiration for writing history. Learncast video.