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Why I got into politics

In this clip, ex-politicians explain how they got involved in politics and describe their experiences as members of parliament. They discuss the positives, such as having power to make change, and the negatives, such as being away from home a lot. They offer reasons why many Australians are disappointed with politicians.

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Ancient Chinese example of 'bridge' money, c1000-500 BCE

This is an extremely ancient example of money from China dated around 1000-500 BCE. It is copper alloy proto-money in a boomerang shape with squared-off ends and a single pierced hole at the centre top of a convex curve. This item is 35 mm high x 90 mm wide x 5 mm deep.

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Introduction to Buddhism

This is an audio and multimedia resource that provides an introduction to Buddhism, explaining its key concepts and history. Four additional topics regarding Buddhism are explained through extensive written text within the resource. There are numerous links to related resources that provide additional background to Buddhism, ...

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Egyptian worker ushabtis, 945-715 BCE

This is a worker ushabtis, made at some stage between 945 and 715 BCE. The male mummiform figure is made of Egyptian faience with a blue glaze finish. The figure is shown wearing a headdress and 'seshed' headband knotted at the back. The body is wrapped in bandages with only the head and arms visible, crossed left over ...

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Egyptian overseer ushabtis, 1070-712 BCE

This is an overseer ushabtis, made in Egypt sometime between 1070 and 712 BCE. The male mummiform figure is made of Egyptian faience with an exterior pale turquoise-blue glaze. The figure is shown wearing a short headdress and black painted 'seshed' headband knotted at the back. A vertical column of hieroglyphs are handpainted ...

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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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Teeang Wee, 1922

This is a collection of primary source documents about Chinese Australians in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century. It is introduced by the Victorian Letters of naturalisation for Teang Wee, seen here. The document is part of a National Archives online exhibits page showcasing the types of records it ...

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Protest badges, c1970-90

These seven badges with coloured social/political messages and graphics were made and worn during the 1970s and 1980s. Five call for the legalisation of marijuana (cannabis). The sixth advocates voting for the Liberal Party and the seventh has an anti-nuclear message.

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'Deaf culture is awesome'

In this clip, a range of deaf people describe their life experiences, the effect of hearing aids and implants, and how they communicate through Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and other methods. They reflect on their identities within and beyond the deaf community.

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False assumptions about people who are blind or have low vision

In this clip, people who are blind or have low vision talk about situations in which they have appreciated offers of help, and situations in which the "help" offered was anything but helpful. They reveal how they have tackled life’s challenges, often in the face of low expectations.

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Rogue nation, 2009: NSW in 1819, convict gulag or place of opportunity?

This clip is an excerpt from the 2009 documentary 'Rites of passage', the second of a two-part series entitled 'Rogue nation'. The clip begins with historian Michael Cathcart providing contextual information about England in the early 1800s. He says that in the midst of the industrial revolution, millions of people were ...

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Significant Individuals - Governor Macquarie

In this sequence of two learning activities, explore the life of Governor Macquarie as a significant person in history. Students examine events, people, politics economics, social structures and settlement patterns of the colonial period. Video content and links to the State Library of NSW's artefacts are used to support ...

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Journeys to Australia

This unit presents a learning sequence for Year 6 students to develop their historical inquiry skills by investigating the key immigration policies and programs Australia has implemented, identifying a range of reasons for migration, highlighting key events from post Federation to present day.

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Angkor

This unit of work focuses on the Angkor / Khymer Empire depth study in the year 8 History curriculum. It provides teachers with a contextual overview and a series of learning sequences and PDF resources to assist them in the delivery and assesment of the topic. It also links to a range of sources and draws on digital mapping ...

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Current affairs

'Four Corners' is an excerpt from the TV current affairs program 'Four Corners 40th Anniversary' episode produced in 2004. 'Four Corners' is produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and this excerpt is used with the permission of ABC Content Sales. This video clip is included in the website From Wireless to ...

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Charles Perkins in Moree

Australia in the 1960s was still a racially segregated country. What did Charles Perkins organise in 1965 to challenge racist attitudes and practises in regional NSW? Watch as people discuss what happened in Moree, which illustrates the division of that time, and learn about the difference Charles Perkins and his Freedom ...

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Symbols of Australia

This resource explores some of the symbols Australians have chosen to represent themselves and their nation. The website is based on an exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

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Billy Blue

In this learning activity, students examine images of Billy Blue, a convict who was transported to New South Wales, and use the template provided to write his life story focusing on historical perspective and empathy.

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Year 9: Our democratic rights

This collection of resource sheets focus on the movement of peoples in the early period of the Western Australian colony, including the operation of Parkhurst Apprenticeship scheme. Guided research activities explore key features of Australia's court system and the key principles of the Australian justice system. The resources ...

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New Gold Mountain. Chinese on the goldfields

This resource provides teaching and learning activities exploring the history and contribution of the Chinese on the Australian goldfields in 19th century Australia. The PDF booklet provides teacher's notes, historical background and reproducible student activities which focus on the gold rushes and the Victorian goldfields. ...