Warning: Contains nudity within a historical context. Examines Aboriginal, convict and free women, women's contributions and lives during the gold rush and the impact of the 1890s depression on women.
This video follows the development of Australia's white history in this period and traces the growth of a colonial community into a proud new nation.
Covers both World Wars and the Great Depression of the 1930s and their impact on women. Jewish refugees and British immigrants, votes for women and issues important to Aboriginal women.
This program studies the effects of the wars and the threat of unemployment and poverty on the young people of this era.
Examines the post-war baby boom, immigration, housing, work, the rock-and-roll craze, the new morality, the Pill, censorship and equal pay.
The 40-year period after WWII saw a great many changes in the lives of Australian youth, culminating in the emergence of a new sub group - teenagers.
"Separate but Equal" facilities and Jim Crow laws provide the realistic backdrop for this insightful and moving visual history of the Civil Rights Movement. The most dramatic moments in the fight for equality are presented, from the historic case of Plessy v. Ferguson to roles of many prominent African Americans like Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Interviews with Andrew Young, James Farmer and other leading authorities illuminate the enduring spirit that inspired bus boycotts, lunch counter sit-ins, freedom marches and demonstrations. Show Less
The Middle Ages is commonly referred to as the period between the fall of the Roman Empire in Western Europe and the Renaissance, and in this programme, students will delve into a comprehensive overview of the people, places and events that defined this period. From Charlemagne through the legendary Crusades and the horrific Black Death, students will garner a feel for the era - focusing on the three distinct eras of medieval time. Show Less
What was the Renaissance? How did it begin and why? This program answers these questions and more as it investigates the driving forces behind this brilliant period of artistic and scientific achievement. Discover how humanists like Petrarch pioneered the rediscovery of ancient Greek and Roman culture and ideas, sparking an explosion of creativity and innovation. Changes abounded not only in the arts and sciences, but also in politics and religion. Learn more about the lasting implications of Renaissance monarchs' attempts to strengthen and unify their nations and Martin Luther's quest to reform the church. Show Less
Featuring interviews with prominent Aboriginal figures, this program traces Aboriginal views of history. Drawing on significant dates in Australian history, the program allows Aboriginal people to tell their versions of events that have shaped Australia. Aboriginal people speak openly about cultural dispossession and resistance and give vivid accounts of life on the missions. Show Less
WARNING: This programme contains disturbing images, including images of dead bodies, and the Holocaust. Teacher discretion is advised. At the Nuremberg Trials, Albert Speer was convicted of 'war crimes' and 'crimes against humanity' and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. His expressions of regret and acceptance of responsibility for his part in the German war effort, allowed him to narrowly avoid the hangman. However, he has created much historical controversy, claiming total ignorance of the excesses of the Nazi regime, while at the same time being one of the most influential men in the Third Reich. Was he really the 'Good Nazi' as he portrayed himself? Show Less
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 inspirational people who embody key global competencies and traits, like equality, empathy, curiosity and communication, they are inspired to become the change they want to see. Show Less
Did the lost continent of Atlantis exist? This program explores the "prehistory" of Europe's first civilisations, which developed around the Aegean Sea on the islands and mainland that now make up Greece. The artefacts of the ancient culture of the Mycenaeans reveal a civilisation of warriors and craftsmen. By contrast, the ancient Minoans, named for King Minos, were artists, engineers, merchants and traders. By following the work of archaeologists, students will learn of the people and places of the Aegean that laid the groundwork for ancient stories - and ancient history. Show Less
Most of Africa's ancient history was never recorded in the same manner as the Egyptians or Greeks. Instead, it was passed on in a remarkable way - in the form of oral history, told and retold from one generation to the next as stories and songs. Using these stories, along with artefacts and the few ancient ruins that exist, archaeologists have been able to piece together parts of Africa's past to learn of the great civilisations that rose across the continent. This program reviews some of those civilisations, known as kingdoms, such as Nubia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali and Songhay, then focuses on two specific kingdoms - Great Zimbabwe in southern Africa and the Swahili civilisation in East Africa. Show Less
China is one of the world's oldest continuing civilisations, and archaeologists are still fascinated by it today. Starting with the incredible discovery of an enormous army of clay soldiers in Emperor Q'in's tomb, students will discover how archaeologists have pieced together this magnificent find to learn about life in Q'in's time. This program introduces the first four Chinese dynasties, beginning with the Han Dynasty, founded in 206 B.C., and continues back in time through the Q'in, Chou (Zhou) and earliest Shang dynasties. The building of the Great Wall and the development of writing, silk and bronze are also covered. Show Less
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.
Travel back in time to Ancient Egypt, a civilisation that began along the Nile River more than 5,000 years ago. From the building of the pyramids and temples to their vast trading system, these early people did much to advance civilisation. Their intricate system of writing symbols and letters - hieroglyphics - mystified archaeologists until the discovery and translation of the Rosetta Stone. Children will learn about the importance of the Nile in daily life, the lives of kings, craftsmen and farmers, and the legacy of Egyptian art and architecture that still inspires people today. Show Less
To the Western world, ancient Greece is one of the most significant civilisations that ever existed. From philosophy and mathematics to new ways of thinking about politics, history, art and science, the Greeks left a lasting legacy that had a great influence on other cultures. This program presents children with interesting facts about the ancient Greeks and their customs, taking them to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, and teaching them about Greek mythology, great Greek leaders and orators, the Olympic Games and the beginnings of democracy. Show Less
The Incan empire was built in the 15th century and lasted less than 100 years. Amazingly, in that short time, the Inca created an incredibly organized and productive society. Located in what is now part of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, the Inca were excellent farmers, builders and craftsmen. Students will visit the ruins of the lost city of Machu Picchu, a remarkably well-preserved example of an Incan city. Artefacts like pottery fragments, pieces of cloth, old toys and stone tools help archaeologists piece together a picture of the daily life of the Inca. What happened to the Inca? When the Spanish explorers arrived in 1532, they found the empire in turmoil. In addition, the Spanish brought new diseases, killing people by the thousands. In the end, the Spanish conquered the Inca, destroying their way of life and religion. Show Less
The "mysterious Maya" were an impressive civilisation, one of the earliest to settle in the Americas. Although historians don't know why the civilisation failed, they do know that it spanned 3,000 years and had a population of about 15 million people. Established in what is now part of Mexico and Central America, the Maya built great cities, temples and pyramids, and were quite advanced in engineering and astronomy. Students will learn about Mayan religious beliefs, hieroglyphs, inventions, the people, food and culture. Show Less
Where did civilisation begin? That's a question archaeologists have been trying to answer for centuries. Many believe it began in ancient Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Asia, in what is now part of Turkey and Iraq. This program examines the Sumerian civilisation in detail and takes students to the ancient lands of the Babylonians and the Assyrians to learn of their lives and customs, much of which we have learned from the Bible. Show Less
Well-structured mobile fighting forces, along with widespread social reform, ensured Rome's domination as a centre of political and military might. This clip explores the post-Second Punic War period, changes instigated by Gaius Marius, Julius Caesar's influence and how the military continued to change under the first Emperor Augustus and his successor Tiberius. It is an ideal learning resource for upper secondary level students of Ancient History. Show Less
Through spectacular re-creations, beautiful footage and 3-D graphic models, students will discover how ancient peoples lived, ate, dressed and worked. These civilisations were multifaceted, each with unique leaders, systems of government, trade, religion and culture. By exploring archaeological sites and artefacts, art, architecture and writings, students will understand how historians have come to know about life many centuries ago and how these civilisations still influence our lives today. Show Less
Presented by Richard Morecroft, this excellent program gives an Australian perspective to World War One. Standing on a giant map of pre-war Europe, Richard provides a background to the war and how it started. The film covers the moving story of Australians at Gallipoli and other Australian campaigns. Without glorifying war, we examine the impact of WW1 on Australia. Show Less
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 city state by examining their attitudes toward: education, entertainment, military training, and crime and punishment. Key groups within Athenian and Spartan social structures are discussed, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens and women in each city-state are compared. Show Less