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AUSTRALIA You’re Standing In IT


The National Film and Sound Archive have a great series of films of Australia in the mid 1960s. The films cover each capital city. They are great to use in conjunction with history units based on past and present studies. The NFSA has a number of online films, a great resource. You might like to take a look at "I'm Going To School Today” 1971.

Made by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1966. Directed by Joe Scully. Episode 12 shows an idyllic picture of life in the New South Wales capital of Sydney in the mid 1960s. This series was made to encourage immigration to Australia and to highlight the various social activities, employment and educational opportunities and lifestyles of the various cities and regional centres throughout Australia.


The Big Harvest 2017-18
If you like big machines this is a great video

Also check out
2015 Harvest using a Phantom 3 Pro drone for the airborne footage and a Xiaomi YI camera for the on machinery footage of farms near Moonta & Kadina, South Australia.
This is a fascinating video!!! Great music ;). Large and straight fields in the Australian dry and hot climate. With a minimum moisture harvest is a joy :).
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Watch Tourism Australia’s 360-Degree Videos Compare these tourism videos to the 1960’s videos above. 
Includes Canberra, great Barrier Reef Sydney and Tasmania. Make sure you choose the HD video setting.


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Afferbeck Lauder
Essential reading for air fridge Strines.
Try the translation, you will have fun with this.


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Sir Donald Bradman, dubbed ‘the boy from Bowral’, rose to acclaim during times of hardship, depression and recovery. He represented Australia for 20 years, playing 52 Tests from 1928/29-1948.
Famous Australians
Alphabetical listing with biography and image, and additional links in some cases.


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Rich educational material to support primary and lower-secondary teachers using the My Place TV series in the classroom. xplore background information, aligned with the My Place stories, on events and people significant to Australia's history. Download clips and stills from the TV series, as well as teaching activities and student activity sheets.


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Australian Governement Site
Australian Government site Lots of information. Australian Stories, our government, indigenous culture etc. Facts are comprehensive but boring.
Floral Emblems of Australia. and there meanings.
Prime Ministers of Australia List of Australian Prime Ministers, includes images and biographies.
Parliamentary Education Office Information, virtual tours, links etc on Federal Parliament.
Australian Parliament The House of Representatives, The Senate, Educational materials, the Australian Constitution.


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The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
Check out the Australian entry.



Trove Pictures of Australia from the NLA
Take a look at the Picture Australia site. This site will not be officially launched for a while yet. I provides a single point of access to over 450,000 digitized images from pictorial collections of many leading cultural heritage institutions. It's a fantastic resource.


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Ned Kelly Would you like to learn what errors there are in the information you may have read about the Kelly gang?
Not Just Ned From the National Museum of Australia. Contains some great teaching resources as downloadable pdfs with images. Also includes a Biography of Dictionary of Bush Rangers. Well presented and easily navigated.
Watch the video  BTN on Ned Kelly


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Project Gutenberg - Australia This site is very comprehensive with many links and covers, a lot of primary source material for download. eBooks and excerpts - quite delightful. It is fantastic to have access to all this primary source material.
Australian Explorers - Trailblazers. 


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Port Arthur Convict Site. Teaching resources.
Convict Records an interesting resource where you can research your convict past. Read colourful stories about convicts. There are a lot of lInks. Smith, Brown, William, Jones and Johnson are the 5 most common convict surnames
Convict Trials Once you have a convicts name you can search the proceedings of the Old Bailey in London, for a court trial transcript. You can also access convicts in alphabetical order. Please be selective here some reference to rape etc.
Claytons Convicts Fill in this dialogue box and makeup your own convict history.


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Welcome to the unwonderful world of kids, crims, and other convict capers. Australia's convict history is so chocked with floggings, death, cannibalism, and very smelly feet and underpants that it's a wonder you ever wanted to read about anything else!

Mary Bryant Great series of videos about Mary Bryant a 17 year old convict - YouTube Video. Original Rating "M" Suitable for Senior Secondary only.


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First Fleet Fellowship Lists ships and convicts who were on board each ship, includes images and stories.
DRAW a first Fleet ship step by step guide.
Label the ships and add the list of at least 3 of the convicts transported on each one. Provide details each ship and the number of convicts on board.
Write your own Play - Watch the BTN report for on the First Fleet. Select some convicts to research a good one is:- John Hudson
NSW State Library is a fabulous resource here you can Talk like a convict - 6 lessons well resourced.


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Gold Rushes in Australia
Great videos and information from the National Museum of Australia Also Check out the Virtual Teacher Gold Page


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Australian War Memorial Brilliant resource lots of images. Looks at War through our history.


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National Museum Australia Great resources including the Video “Defining moments:
Australian Federation
Benefits of Federation - Primary Source Parliamentary Education Office
Tenterfield Oration
“The Federation of Australia"
Federation BTN (4mins) includes transcript


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Sharing our Stories ABC with Audio
Video of Aboriginal artist John Turnbull
(fabulous for K-2)
Aboriginal Iconography
Interesting for K-1 as the symbols are great


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Aboriginal Children's Games - great website, select a game. Each game is described, a background is given and the indigenous name is given.
Map Showing Aboriginal Tribal Boundaries across Australia


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Aboriginal Dream-time story of Waatji Pulyeri (the Blue Wren) great Video.
I love this one - great for discussion
Video of Aboriginal artist John Turnbull(fabulous for K-2)

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