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Aboriginal People Make a Canoe and Hunt a Turtle preview image Aboriginal People Make a Canoe and Hunt a Turtle (1948)
Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory is the home of coastal Aboriginal People. On the beach it’s time to play out one of the dramas of daily life - the return of the hunters.
An Alternative Actor’s Collective preview image An Alternative Actor’s Collective (1994)
Actors talk about the Pram Factory collective and its processes. At communal meetings it helped to be tall, articulate and male.
An Australian Greek Wife preview image An Australian Greek Wife (1978)
Toula, an Australian-born Greek wife, is a Workers’ Compensation officer. Breaking free from traditional Greek women’s roles, she desires a career and creative freedom.
Australia’s First Nuclear Reactor preview image Australia’s First Nuclear Reactor (1962)
Prime Minister Robert Menzies opens the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, and marvels at nuclear energy being a relatively new phenomenon in the world.
Australian Soldiers on Patrol in Vietnam preview image Australian Soldiers on Patrol in Vietnam (1966)
What does it feel like to be a soldier at war? Tense young Australian soldiers creep through the Vietnamese jungle, ever on the alert for the Viet Cong.
Cane Cutters and Mateship preview image Cane Cutters and Mateship (1948)
A group of men get together in a pub and form a cane – cutting gang. Five million tons of sugarcane have to be cut by hand in back breaking conditions in North Queensland.
Car Panel Artists and Self-Employment preview image Car Panel Artists and Self-Employment (1979)
Two commercial artists work for themselves as car panel artists. They feel enormous pride and satisfaction being self- employed, even if it is not as lucrative as working for an employer.
Closing Day at BHP’s Newcastle Steelworks preview image Closing Day at BHP’s Newcastle Steelworks (2000)
Two thousand steelworkers collect their final paychecks and walk out of Newcastle’s BHP steelworks for the last time. Men break down and cry. Many have laboured here all their working lives.
Competing with Asian Clothing Tigers preview image Competing with Asian Clothing Tigers (1994)
The manager of a clothing factory explains how, in Australia, his shirt costs 42c a minute while in China it costs 1c a minute. Australia in it’s desire to compete with Asian Tigers means workers are pushed to the limit, like never before.
Constructing the East-West Rail Link preview image Constructing the East-West Rail Link (1910)
Rare archival footage from 1910 shows camels carrying heavy supplies across the desert. Railway labourers are building the 1400 km railway that will finally link Western Australia with the Eastern States.
Death of a Workman In A Streeton Painting preview image Death of a Workman In A Streeton Painting (1984)
Streeton’s eyewitness account of the death of a workman during the blasting of a railway tunnel at Lapstone in the NSW Blue Mountains. It becomes the inspiration for his painting “Fire’s on, Lapstone Tunnel”.
The Effects of World War 1 on the Australian Economy preview image The Effects of World War 1 on the Australian Economy (1914-18)
When our troops were sent off to war in 1914, industry in Australia boomed. Steel was necessary for guns and ships.
Even Tennis Stars Need Their Coach preview image Even Tennis Stars Need Their Coach (2000)
Members of the 2000 Australian Davis Cup team, including Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt, talk about their relationship with their coach, John Newcombe. For Newcombe, the role of the coach is to treat your team as you yourself would want to be treated.
Family Life in Geelong preview image Family Life in Geelong (1966)
In a typical 60s family a mother works to get dinner ready as the children come home after school. After Dad arrives home from work in the Holden, Mum serves traditional roast lamb and three vegetables.
Federation and Defending Our Shores preview image Federation and Defending Our Shores (1901)
Federation was a time of jobs and opportunities in city and country alike. But our 12,000-mile coast was long and open to attack. Australia realised it needed a defence force.
Giovanni’s Tile Business Grows preview image Giovanni’s Tile Business Grows (1984)
Well-paid but back-breaking sugarcane work in North Queensland provided the initial resources for Giovanni’s business. He and his family went on to create a now highly- successful imported tile business.
Helping Children in War-Torn Countries preview image Helping Children in War-Torn Countries (2001)
Moira Kelly begs for funds from international charities to bring children from war-torn Albania to Australia for medical treatment. One of the children almost dies, but the results are worth the risks.
How to Cause a Traffic Jam preview image How to Cause a Traffic Jam (1999)
No matter how well our roads are monitored, the human factor is always unpredictable. What happens when a semi-trailer runs out of fuel on the freeway?
Indigenous Health Workers preview image Indigenous Health Workers (2003)
Indigenous people, particularly those from remote communities, fear seeking medical attention. Joan Winch, an Indigenous health professional, set up a health worker training college for Indigenous health workers.
Is Squeezing Nursing Healthy? preview image Is Squeezing Nursing Healthy? (1994)
Nurses are frantic as they rush from patient to patient, working under increased patient-to-nurse ratios. Despite this increased pressure, they try not to compromise the quality of their nursing care.
Mawson’s Expedition to the Antarctic preview image Mawson’s Expedition to the Antarctic (1912)
In 1912, Mawson’s expedition arrived in the Antarctic. Little did they realise it was the windiest place on the globe.
Old Age and the Burden of Dementia preview image Old Age and the Burden of Dementia (1983)
An elderly woman confides to a social worker the lonely burden she faces looking after her dementia-affected husband. She doesn’t want to worry their children, who have their own lives to lead.
Outwork - A Vietnamese Refugee's Story preview image Outwork - A Vietnamese Refugee's Story (2001)
Migrant women work long hours sewing garments at home for a few dollars an hour. Many are refugees and have little understanding of their rights or the chance of alternative employment.
The Pain of Coming Second preview image The Pain of Coming Second (1984)
Georgina Parkes and Lisa Forrest are competing together in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. The loser, Georgina Parkes, struggles with her disappointment.
Pensioners Working Part-Time at a Co-Op preview image Pensioners Working Part-Time at a Co-Op (1983)
Some people experience retiring like hitting a brick wall, finding it hard to live on such a dramatically reduced income. “Beehive” is a Seniors employment co-operative where pensioners can work to earn a few dollars without affecting their Social Security payments.
Peter Sculthorpe Composes preview image Peter Sculthorpe Composes (1999)
Peter Sculthorpe wants to create a perfect work of art. He created “Irkanda One for Violin” by tracing the landscape around Canberra on a 360 degree graph, then wrote music to follow the contours.
Repetitious Work Affects Migrant Women preview image Repetitious Work Affects Migrant Women (1984)
Female migrant workers discuss the pain in their hands after long hours of sewing and repetitive factory work.
She Wanted To Fly preview image She Wanted To Fly (1991)
In the 1930s Nancy Bird Walton became known as the “Angel of the Desert”, working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Some tried to discourage a woman flying on her own in the turbulent conditions of the outback.
Test Tube Babies preview image Test Tube Babies (1982)
An egg is collected from a woman’s ovary and placed in a test tube to be fertilised by her husband’s sperm. Once the embryo is growing normally it is placed back in the uterus.
Working to Play in a Rock Band preview image Working to Play in a Rock Band (1979)
In order to earn a living the members of this rock band must work in mundane jobs during the day. At night they pursue their dreams of musical success.
World War 1 & the Conscription Referenda preview image World War 1 & the Conscription Referenda (1916-18)
Prime Minister Billy Hughes tried to introduce conscription but was over ruled in the 1916 and 1917 referenda. When the War suddenly ended our weary young soldiers rejoiced on Victory Day, November 11, 1918.