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History


Challenges at the Sydney Cove Penal Settlement

Miniclips: The First Fleet

Through the accounts of a new convict settler, we detail the challenges faced at the Sydney Cove penal settlement. He describes the difficulties of land management and extreme climate, and recognises the assistance of First Nations people to help...Show More

People and Conditions Aboard

Miniclips: The First Fleet

What were the conditions like aboard the First Fleet? This female convict tells the story of her transportation on the Lady Penrhyn from Newgate Prison. She details life aboard including the health issues experienced, along with the various types...Show More

Indigenous Experience After the Arrival

Miniclips: The First Fleet

We examine the Indigenous experience after the First Fleet’s arrival through the voice of a proud Gadigal man. He details the deadly encounters between the British and First Nations people including Pemulwuy and his brave resistance against the...Show More

Before 1788: Indigenous Perspective

Miniclips: The First Fleet

Listen to this young Gadigal woman describing her life on country, how her people care for the land, and recounting her family’s experiences with strange men, giant canoes on the horizon, and sticks that made loud noises and hurt when they hit you.

Before 1788: British Perspective

Miniclips: The First Fleet

Follow a British prison guard who tells of his experience managing prisoners at Newgate Prison from which thousands of convicts were transported to Australia. He recounts Captain Cook’s voyages leading up to and including the First Fleet and...Show More
Rome: Blood and Thrones

Rome: Blood and Thrones

Women of the Ancient World

Ancient Rome was an openly patriarchal society that adopted and adapted Hellenic culture, including many of the Greeks’ negative attitudes towards women. This video explores life for women at all levels of society in the Roman Empire,...Show More
Greece: Democracy and Gender

Greece: Democracy and Gender

Women of the Ancient World

Despite being advanced in many ways, ancient Greece gave few rights to its women. This video explores life for ancient Greek women, examining life in Athens and Sparta, spotlighting historical figures such as Aspasia and Gorgo, as well as the...Show More
Persia: An Empire of Equality

Persia: An Empire of Equality

Women of the Ancient World

The Persian Empire was renowned for its tolerance and Persian women were considered to be the equal of men. This video explores life for ancient Persian women, including ordinary working women, royal women and women of the Persian military,...Show More
Egypt: Pharaohs and Physicians

Egypt: Pharaohs and Physicians

Women of the Ancient World

Although women in Egypt enjoyed many freedoms under the law compared to women in many other ancient societies, most did not lead independent lives. This video explores life for ancient Egyptian women, both common and royal, spotlighting...Show More
The Middle Ages

The Middle Ages

5 Things You Should Know about History

Discover five things you should know about the Middle Ages: how long it lasted, medieval society, what feudalism was, the two phrases in the Middle Ages (Early Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages), what warfare was like during that time and medieval...Show More
Prehistory

Prehistory

5 Things You Should Know about History

Discover five things you should know about Prehistory, the earliest period in human history which starts with our first human ancestors and ends with the invention of writing. Children will learn about the characteristics of each stage in...Show More
Palaeolithic Times

Palaeolithic Times

5 Things You Should Know about History

Discover five things you should know about one of the stages of Prehistory - the Palaeolithic and Neolithic times. This video will answer questions like: When did Palaeolithic times begin? What does "palaeolithic" mean? How was fire discovered?...Show More
Neolithic Times

Neolithic Times

5 Things You Should Know about History

Discover five things you should know about one of the stages in prehistory, the Neolithic Times. This video answers questions like: When did the Neolithic times begin? What does "neolithic" mean? How did agriculture and cattle raising start? How...Show More
The Age of Metals

The Age of Metals

5 Things You Should Know about History

Discover five things you should know about the Age of Metals which we divide into the Copper Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. This video answers questions like: When did the Age of Metals begin? What did that mean for agriculture and cattle raising?...Show More
The Melbourne Settler Colony

The Melbourne Settler Colony

Colonising Australia (1788–1901)

In 1803, a British expedition sailed around Port Phillip Bay and in 1835, a free settler colony was founded in Melbourne. This video describes conditions in the Melbourne settler colony, citing primary sources on conditions in the settlement and...Show More
The Sydney Penal Colony

The Sydney Penal Colony

Colonising Australia (1788–1901)

In January, 1788, the First Fleet sailed into Botany Bay and the first British colony in Australia was established at Port Jackson. This video describes conditions in the Sydney penal colony, citing primary sources on the landing and conditions...Show More
Transportation to Australia

Transportation to Australia

Colonising Australia (1788–1901)

Between 1788 and 1868, Britain transported more than 160 000 convicts to Australia as punishment for a variety of crimes. This video explores the terrible conditions on the ships used for the journey, citing primary sources on the experiences of...Show More
From Agricultural Revolution to Transportation

From Agricultural Revolution to Transportation

Colonising Australia (1788–1901)

From today's perspective, transportation seems a brutal and extreme way to punish criminals, but there were a number of factors that made it seem like a good idea in 18th century Britain. This video provides historical context about the...Show More
Christian Missions and Indigenous Australia

Christian Missions and Indigenous Australia

Colonising Australia (1788–1901)

Colonisation was not only about taking land and resources for imperial powers, but also about seeking to convert, or ‘civilise’, indigenous people to European ways of thinking. This video explores the impact of Christian missions on the...Show More
Impact of Colonisation on Indigenous Australians

Impact of Colonisation on Indigenous Australians

Colonising Australia (1788–1901)

When the British invaded the Australian continent in 1788, it ended a way of life that had existed for more than fifty thousand years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This video explores the profound impact of European...Show More
International Women's Day

International Women's Day

Miniclips

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 – but why is this day important? What does the day signify? This Miniclip explores the origins of women’s suffrage throughout Australia’s modern history including the granting...Show More
Australian Flag

Australian Flag

Miniclips

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
Australia Day

Australia Day

Miniclips: Australian Celebrations and Commemorations

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
Means of Transport

Means of Transport

Spot the Different One: Visual Attention

Educational video for kids to spot the different transport icon emoji. This challenge is a wonderful resource to practice visual attention skills and mental agility. Students will have 15 seconds to spot the different emoji. Will players be able...Show More
Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

5 Things You Should Know about History

Discover five things you should know about Ancient Egypt: the Pyramids of Giza, mummies, Egyptian civilization, the Nile River and the pharaohs. Do you know which pyramids are the most important ones? And which is the second largest river in the...Show More