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Series: History


19th Century Views on Race in Australia

19th Century Views on Race in Australia

Supported by archival footage and historian interviews, this clip identifies values and attitudes in the past about race. At the time of colonisation, white Europeans saw themselves as a superior race and Aboriginal Australians as an inferior...Show More
A History of Exploration

A History of Exploration

People have explored since the dawn of time, seeking wealth, power, colonies, information and the attainment of other goals. This programme takes a closer look at the major reasons that inspired people to explore throughout the ages and the...Show More
A Penal Colony at Moreton Bay

A Penal Colony at Moreton Bay

Work! Punishment! Prison! What was it like to be a convict in Australia’s early penal colonies? Listen to the story of a convict from Moreton Bay as he describes why penal colonies were established; and learn about the harsh life convicts had....Show More
A Short History of the Australian Gold Rush Era

A Short History of the Australian Gold Rush Era

Archival film footage is used to tell the story of gold discovery in Australia, from early reports and government resistance to the first official find of payable gold by Hargraves, Lister, and the Tom brothers. Trace the impact of gold rush...Show More
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

This short clip provides an overview of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, including the symbolism of the shapes and colours used in each. This clip is complementary to the 'Australian Celebrations and Commemorations: National...Show More
Aboriginal Australians: Before Contact

Aboriginal Australians: Before Contact

What do we know about Aboriginal Australians prior to European contact? Historians have used evidence and artefacts to develop a number of theories about when and how Aboriginals migrated to Australia. In contrast, Aboriginal groups have a shared...Show More
Aboriginal Connections to Country and Place

Aboriginal Connections to Country and Place

Historian Carla Pascoe explores the unique relationship that Aboriginal Australians have with the land. Their strong spiritual ties to the land can be seen in various sacred places such as Uluru, Arnhem Land, initiation and burial sites. Their...Show More
Aboriginal Sports Heroes

Aboriginal Sports Heroes

Over a hundred years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contributions to Australian sport are chronologically presented in this short program. This includes the achievements of the 1867 cricket team, Doug Nicholls (runner, boxer), Charles...Show More
Aboriginal Voices: My Culture and Language

Aboriginal Voices: My Culture and Language

What does culture mean to Indigenous people? Aboriginal artists share the importance of song, dance, music and art as expressions of their culture. All of these forms vary depending on the region, language and cultural groups they come from; but...Show More
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

In this short animation, students learn how American aviation pioneer Amelia Earthart showed flexibility to overcome multiple challenges and obstacles in her determination to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. When children learn about...Show More
Analysing Points of View

Analysing Points of View

Follow two students as they conduct an historical inquiry into the 1966 Westall UFO sighting in Victoria. After Aldi and Jess collect information from various sources, they evaluate whether these are fact or opinion based in order to determine...Show More
Ancient China: Life of Confucius

Ancient China: Life of Confucius

While much of what is known about Confucius is surrounded in myth, this clip looks at Confucius’ early years and the development of his teachings. Presented by Sunny Leunig, we examine the time period he lived in and the values he promoted.
Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Discover why we commemorate Anzac Day, who the ANZACs were, and the important symbols and emblems of the day in this Miniclip. The significance of flowers, a brief history of Gallipoli and the role of flags are all highlighted in this clip,...Show More
Assimilation and Multiculturalism Policies in Australia

Assimilation and Multiculturalism Policies in Australia

The HNN (History News Network) team takes a closer look at Australian immigration policies after World War II. They uncover why assimilation policies of the 1950s failed and were replaced with integration policies in the 1960s and...Show More
Athens and Sparta

Athens and Sparta

Athens and Sparta, the leading city-states of Ancient Greece, helped to establish many of the ideas and concepts we take for granted: citizenship; voting; and individual rights and freedoms. This programme provides insight into the values of each...Show More
Australia Day

Australia Day

Students will take a trip back in time as this Miniclip examines the origins of Australia Day and the tensions associated with it. It explores the role of Captain James Cook in Britain's discovery of Australia, and the establishment of the first...Show More
Australia's Assimilation Policies

Australia's Assimilation Policies

From the early 1900's Australian state and federal governments imposed a number of assimilation policies on Aboriginal groups. This clip provides an overview of the heavily restrictive mission and reserves system, the 'dog tag system' and the...Show More
Australian Bushrangers (Junior)

Australian Bushrangers (Junior)

Why has Ned Kelly become one of Australia’s most popular folk heroes? Silent movie footage will capture students’ interest. The program is made up of three parts: 1. Convict Bolters - Convicts who bolted facing the perils of the bush and...Show More
Australian Flag

Australian Flag

Your students have probably seen the Australian flag flying in all sorts of places – but what is the history of the Australian flag, and why is it such an important symbol? This Miniclip explores the history of Australia’s Federation and...Show More
Australian History (Junior)

Australian History (Junior)

The history of Australia is the story of a vast and ancient land learning to live with waves of people from other lands, bringing their cultures and sometimes their conflicts, along with their luggage. This programme investigates some of the...Show More
Building the First British Colony

Building the First British Colony

Filmed on location at Old Sydney Town, complete with period costumes and re-enactments, our narrator tours us through key streets and buildings, sharing anecdotes and building methods along the way. We look at: Government House, Rocks Row, the...Show More
Changing Pictures

Changing Pictures

Students read, sing and learn about the comparisons and sequences of events and stages in one’s life from past to present. This curriculum-aligned song targets outcomes of curriculum documents and supports and integrates classroom learning...Show More
Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is full of fireworks, the colour red, and delicious food – but how did this celebration begin? Who is Nian and how does Chinese New Year prevent him from terrorising villages once more? What are some traditions observed during...Show More
Christmas Day

Christmas Day

Christmas is a hugely popular and fun celebration – but how did it begin? What happened on the day we now know as Christmas Day? And what are some traditions observed during the month of December? This Miniclip will take you back to the birth...Show More
Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

This programme gives students a chance to meet and question one of history's most famous explorers - Christopher Columbus. Listen as Columbus describes why he believed that a shortcut to Asia could be found by sailing West and how he was able to...Show More