Primary Catalogue

Series: The Australian Colonies


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
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
Colonial Women

Colonial Women

Daily life and experiences of colonial women are explored through stories and still images from the time period. Attitudes towards women and their roles in society made life and opportunities difficult, but some women were able to achieve great...Show More
Colonies and the Impact on Land

Colonies and the Impact on Land

When white settlers arrived in Australia, they were met with harsh conditions and new challenges to the traditional agricultural practices they wished to use. The result of these practices and their worldview of dominating nature negatively...Show More
Colony Life: Church and School

Colony Life: Church and School

Filmed on location at Old Sydney Town, complete with period costumes and re-enactments, our narrator shares stories of the first church (St. Philip's) and the first school established in the colony. We learn about the people behind these...Show More
Conditions Before the Eureka Stockade

Conditions Before the Eureka Stockade

The HNN (History News Network) team bring you this easy to follow overview of the circumstances leading to the Eureka Stockade. Living and working conditions on the gold field as well as the political and social situation at the time of the...Show More
Crime and Punishment in the Colony

Crime and Punishment in the Colony

Filmed on location at Old Sydney Town, complete with period costumes and re-enactments, our narrator shares stories of the harsh treatment of convicts at the "Pinch Gut Island" gaol. Living conditions in the gaol as well as common punishments...Show More
Establishing the First British Colony

Establishing the First British Colony

Filmed on location at Old Sydney Town, complete with period costumes and re-enactments, our narrator describes the conditions of Botany Bay when early settlers arrived. The development of Old Sydney Town including town layout and the importance...Show More
Events and Aftermath of the Eureka Stockade

Events and Aftermath of the Eureka Stockade

In this mock news report, the HNN (History News Network) team recap the timeline of the Eureka Stockade, from the first Bakery Hill monster meeting to the sneak attack by police and troops that left 35 dead. In the second half, the team...Show More
Events Leading up to the Eureka Stockade

Events Leading up to the Eureka Stockade

Find out how hot weather, a murder acquittal, hotel fire, and monster meetings of upset diggers all played a role in the Eureka Stockade. This light hearted mock news report by the HNN (History News Network) team provides an easy to follow and...Show More
Mining Methods in Australia's Gold Rush Era

Mining Methods in Australia's Gold Rush Era

Supported with extensive archival footage, this clip reveals the wide array of mining methods used during Australia's gold rush. Alluvial, reef and underground (shaft) mining are covered, with helpful demonstrations of processes like panning,...Show More
Women and the Eureka Stockade

Women and the Eureka Stockade

Though often overlooked in the historical record, women played an important role in the Eureka Stockade. Join the HNN (History News Network) team to learn more about the significant contribution of Anastasia Hayes and other women on the gold...Show More
Women's Roles in 19th Century Australia

Women's Roles in 19th Century Australia

This clip is a comprehensive overview of the wide array of roles and experiences of women during the gold rush and early settlement of Australia. We look at women's occupations and domestic roles, and the daily lives of poor, middle class and...Show More