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'Air, land attack on Darwin likely', 1942

This is an article headlined 'AIR, LAND ATTACK ON DARWIN LIKELY' published on 20 January 1942 in the Northern Standard newspaper and datelined Sydney on the previous day. It warns that 'Darwin must prepare for a land or air attack', and quotes Colin Fraser, a journalist who had just returned from Malaya, as saying that ...


Darwin street scene after bombing raid, 1942

This black-and-white photograph depicts a military truck with canopy driving past bomb-damaged buildings on Smith Street, Darwin, in late February 1942 after the first Japanese air raid. The building nearest the camera, painted with the word 'CASHMANS', is relatively untouched structurally. The building next door has had ...


Oil tank in Darwin burning after Japanese attack, 1943

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in Darwin on 15 March 1943, showing an oil tank burning fiercely after being bombed during a Japanese air raid. Large clouds of black smoke billow up from the burning tank. In the foreground a group of seven Australian military personnel are bunched behind an asbestos shield to ...


Darwin under Japanese attack, 1942

This is a yellowed black-and-white photograph depicting a Japanese bombing raid on Darwin town and harbour on an unknown date in 1942. The image shows a view across Darwin Harbour to the town on the horizon with plumes of smoke rising where bombs have fallen. In the immediate foreground are two mooring buoys and at the ...


Menzies' Wartime Tour, 1941: London, the Blitz

This clip shows scenes - filmed by Robert Menzies, Australia's prime minister at the time - of the night-time bombing of London during the Second World War, and scenes of damage in the city streets the next day. An intertitle, 'LONDON / THE BLITZ / APRIL 16TH. 1941', introduces a night-time scene of burning buildings. Another ...


A plan for Canberra, 1912

This coloured site plan is from entry number 29, the winning entry in the 1912 international competition to design a new national capital for Australia. Entered by the US architect Walter Burley Griffin, it is headed 'Commonwealth of Australia Federal Capital Competition'. At the bottom is printed 'City and environs'. The ...


Bombing of Darwin

Between February 1942 and November 1943, the Darwin area was bombed 64 times. This collection of resources focuses on these attacks and is divided into seven categories - the likelihood of an attack on Darwin; the first attack, on 19 February 1942; the exodus and its aftermath; after the first air raid; Japanese air crew ...

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Building plans

This spatial activity sets the student in the role of an architect who has been asked to consider different unit building designs. These buildings are presented as isometric drawings, mat plans or with top, front and right-hand end views. Students are required to solve design problems within this context.


Bomb damage in Darwin, 1942

This is a black-and-white photograph showing damage from a Japanese bomb attack to an oil storage site on Stokes Hill, above Darwin harbour, in the Northern Territory in 1942. There appear to be two plumes of black smoke billowing from the site, indicating two large oil tanks have been hit. On the left-hand side of the ...


Bomb site in Darwin, 1942

This is a black-and-white photograph of a group of six Australian soldiers at a bomb site in Darwin, Northern Territory, in 1942. The actual location in Darwin is unidentified. A sign in the foreground says 'DANGER LIVE BOMB', and one of the men is crouching or standing in what could be a bomb crater.


Munitions factory worker, 1940

This is a black-and-white photograph of a woman working in an unidentified munitions factory in 1940. With her left hand, she is slowly rotating a fuse liner for an aerial bomb, as she uses a dial indicator to check that it is exactly cylindrical. On the bench beside her are various tooling and measuring instruments. Numerous ...


John Curtin at RAF bomber station, UK, 1944

This is a black-and-white photograph of Australian Prime Minister John Curtin (on the far left, wearing a herringbone coat) and two airmen farewelling bomber crews at the Royal Air Force bomber station at Waddington near Lincoln in the United Kingdom in May 1944. The Prime Minister is using the 'V for Victory' sign. The ...


Australia's 5th column, 1941 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white 1941 propaganda documentary with soundtrack. The documentary is entitled 'Australia's 5th column', and it concerns the threat to Australia during the Second World War of the 'fifth column' (internal subversive agents). This excerpt shows everyday Australians listening to broadcasts ...


Excerpt from an interview with Gladys Joyce, 1997 - asset 3

This is an excerpt (approximately 2 minutes) from a 1997 oral history interview with Gladys Joyce, in which she relates memories of her time as a secretary to Prime Minister John Curtin from 1941 to 1945. In particular, she recalls receiving news of the bombing of Darwin in February 1942.


Bomb damage in Darwin, c1943

This is an excerpt from a silent black-and-white documentary showing the aftermath of the bombing of Darwin, which was probably filmed in 1943. It shows damage to buildings caused by bombs and machine guns. Buildings featured include commercial premises such as the Bank of New South Wales and Gordon's Don Hotel, as well ...


'Army dogs sniff out mines', 1971 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from an item in a 1971 black-and-white newsreel, Australian Movie Magazine, produced by Fox Movietone (Australia) and Cinesound Productions. The item is titled 'Army dogs sniff out mines'. The soundtrack includes narration, music and sound effects. The film simulates an explosion of a landmine that causes ...


'Army dogs sniff out mines', 1971 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from an item in a 1971 black-and-white newsreel Australian Movie Magazine produced by Fox Movietone (Australia) and Cinesound Productions. The item is titled 'Army dogs sniff out mines'. The footage shows a German shepherd walking along a bush track, and sitting down when it has located a hidden device. ...


Zip water heater - asset 2

This is a colour cross-section diagram of a Zip Hydroboil water heater, showing how steam is recycled to preheat cold water in the Hydroboil water heater. It shows dark blue (cold) water entering the device (at lower left) and passing through a patented cowl; this heats the water (shown in a lighter blue) and it moves to ...


Vietnam, 1988: 'Click, bang, dead'

This clip shows a group of soldiers behind a burning car. It then cuts to a re-enactment of Australia's prime minister in 1965, Sir Robert Menzies (Noel Ferrier), announcing to Parliament that Australia would be committing a battalion to support the USA in the war in South Vietnam. As he speaks, the scene cuts to young ...


The Canberra Files, 2006: Menzies's Home Movies

This clip shows home-movie footage mainly taken by former prime minister Sir Robert Menzies during the Second World War. It documents the 1941 wartime tour made by Menzies to Libya, Sudan, Egypt, Jerusalem, Britain, the USA and Canada. The clip features dramatic colour footage of London during the Blitz, showing bombed ...