Australian Screen

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Titles tagged with ‘Australian history’

51 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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Aborigines of the Sea Coast documentary – 1948

A valuable ethnographic record of a 1948 expedition to Arnhem Land.

ALP: Federal Election 1966 advertisement – 1966

These Australian Labor Party television advertisements are for the 1966 federal election and broach issues ranging from education and health care to resource development, conscription and the Vietnam War.

ALP: Frank Forde, Election 1946 newsreel – 1946

Labor Deputy Prime Minister Frank Forde appeals to his Capricornia electorate to vote for him and Prime Minister Chifley in the September 1946 federal election.

Australia in World War 1 documentary – c1980

Hubert Wilkins, official Australian war photographer, would have shot most of this footage, some of which is recreated.

Australia Post – 200 Years sponsored film – 1988

With slogans like 'Celebrating a Nation’, the Bicentennial Authority directed emphasis towards celebrating multiculturalism rather than 200 years of white settlement.

Australia Post – Joint Stamp Issue sponsored film – 1988

This program consists mainly of footage shot at the celebratory launch of the Australian–USA bicentennial stamp in Sydney’s Martin Place.

Australia Post – Onward Speed sponsored film – 1970

Fred Schepisi wrote and directed Onward Speed as a sponsored film for Australia Post. It humorously instructs its target audience of executives, secretaries and mailroom staff in the efficient management of business mail.

Australia Post – Post Office Speeds the Mail sponsored film – 1970

With the 1971 changeover from pushbike to motorcycle for mail delivery, Australia Post purchased a fleet of customised motorbikes from Honda.

Australia Post – Royal Tour sponsored film – 1954

As this program amply illustrates, an excited Australian public turned out in droves to see the Queen in 1954. For the PMG, her visit represented a coming of age.

Australia Post – This is the Mail sponsored film – 1966

When the $6 million Redfern Mail Exchange in Sydney was opened in 1965, it was hailed as the largest mechanised mail centre in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Babakiueria short film – 1986

A mockumentary surveying the culture and customs of the white native people of the land of ‘Babakiueria’, from the perspective of the country’s black colonisers.

Burke & Wills feature film – 1985

The epic and tragic story of the first expedition to cross Australia from south to north, in 1860–61.

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Charles Ulm documentary – c1928

Historical footage such as this of Charles Ulm, hints at the challenges early aviation pioneers would have faced.

Commonwealth Bank – Plan for the Future advertisement – c1950

This ad appeals to its audience to patronise the Commonwealth Bank because it’s the bank they own.

Commonwealth Bank – The School Bank sponsored film – 1951

The bank commissioned this film to replace personal school visits by Bank Liaison Officers, recently cancelled because of postwar labour shortages.

Cyclone Tracy radio – 1974

Journalist Mike Hayes describes the trauma experienced by the people of Darwin post-Cyclone Tracy, 1974.

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Delegates to the Australian Labor Party’s Easter Conference at the Trades Hall Melbourne newsreel – 1928

This is rare footage of key historical figures of the ALP and trade union movement at a 1928 conference at Melbourne Trades Hall.

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Eureka Stockade feature film – 1949

In 1854, miners in the Ballarat goldfields take up arms against government troops in a defining moment of Australian history.

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First Australians – Episode 1, They Have Come to Stay documentary – 2008

The opening episode of this landmark television series explores the first contact, meetings and relationships between the British and the first Australians.

First Australians – Episode 2, Her Will to Survive documentary – 2008

This episode covers the period from 1825–60 and European settlement in Tasmania, told through the stories of Truganini and George Augustus Robinson.

First Australians – Episode 3, Freedom For Our Lifetime documentary – 2008

Episode 3 focuses on the first Australians of Victoria and the lives of Simon Wonga and William Barack.

First Australians – Episode 5, Unhealthy Government Experiment documentary – 2008

This episode explores the lives of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal stockman, and Gladys Gillian, an institutionalised half-caste.

First Australians – Episode 6, A Fair Deal for a Dark Race documentary – 2008

Episode 6 of First Australians explores Indigenous history from 1930–67, primarily in the south-eastern regions of Australia.

First Australians – Episode 7, We Are No Longer Shadows documentary – 2008

The final episode of First Australians covers the period 1967–93 and Eddie Mabo’s fight for land rights.

Frontier: Stories from White Australia’s Forgotten War television program – 1996

This documentary is about the continuing war that erupted between white colonists and Indigenous peoples upon first contact.

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The Human Journey – Episode 3 television program – 1999

Part scientific mystery, part detective story – this episode concludes that everyone on earth is related to the one tribe from Africa.

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The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant television program – 2004

An epic period adventure, full of swash and buckle, sweeping landscapes, high seas and romance.

Interview with Archbishop Mannix television program – 1962

Interviewed at age 97, Dr Daniel Mannix, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, was a man of considerable influence in Australian public life.

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Land Short of People documentary – 1947

A narrative of white settlement pioneering against the odds – the tyranny of distance, the harsh conditions, and the massive landscapes.

The Land That Waited television program – 1963

This remarkable documentary tells the early history of colonial Australia through etchings, paintings and drawings produced by the first colonists.

Liberal Party Cinema Advertisement: The Golden Age advertisement – 1946

This Liberal Party cinema advertisement for the 1946 federal election proposes that life for ordinary people under the incumbent Labor government is by no means as good as it should be.

Liberal Party Cinema Advertisement: The House that You Built advertisement – 1949

This Liberal Party cinema advertisement for the 1949 federal election presents a choice between the 'socialist’ and 'free democratic’ ways of life, as offered by the ALP and Liberal Party respectively.

Life at the Top: A Week with Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser documentary – 1977

Tracks Malcolm Fraser for one week in 1977 as he goes about his prime ministerial duties in Canberra and takes trips to Kalgoorlie and Wollongong.

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Menzies in Profile documentary – 1964

A tribute celebrating the life of Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, the 12th and longest-serving Prime Minister of Australia and founder of the Australian Liberal Party.

Menzies Speech: Declaration of War radio – 1939

The announcement by Prime Minister Menzies in 1939 that because Great Britain has declared war upon Germany, Australia is also at war.

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National Treasures – Bradman’s Bats documentary – 2004

Donald Bradman’s bats are a reminder of how this cricket legend played himself into the record books, earning the status of Australian icon.

National Treasures – Endeavour Journal documentary – 2004

A look at Lieutenant James Cook’s journal, written on board the Endeavour during his trip down under in 1770.

National Treasures – Gallipoli Boat documentary – 2004

A small lifeboat, retrieved from the shores of Gallipoli, is a direct link to the first Anzacs and the day that helped forge Australia’s identity.

National Treasures – HMAS Sydney’s Carley Float documentary – 2004

A tiny, war-ravaged liferaft’s link to the worst naval disaster in Australia’s history.

National Treasures – Phar Lap’s Hide documentary – 2004

How did a New Zealand-born horse become one of Australia’s most loved and enduring icons?

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One People Sing Freedom television program – 1988

One People Sing Freedom documents the largest gathering of Indigenous people since 1788, a protest march against the Bicentennial celebrations of 26 January 1988.

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Peach’s Explorers – The Prison Walls television program – 1984

The story is entertainingly told with a clever use of dramatic re-creations. The various techniques work to bring history alive.

Peach’s Gold – Eureka television program – 1983

This series exploits a range of first-hand sources for its vibrant retelling of the history, while Bill Peach appears from time to time to explain and analyse.

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Riot or Revolution documentary – 2005

Three things struck filmmaker Don Parham about the Eureka story – it was a 'ripper yarn’, with a great cast of characters and fascinating politics.

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Salute to the Aussie Digger spoken word – 2005

An historical overview of Australian military engagements in both war and peacekeeping told through music, sound effects and narration.

Snakes and Ladders documentary – 1987

An account of the achievements and setbacks of a ‘shifting landscape’ as Australian women attempt to gain equality in education in the 20th century.

The Story of the Kelly Gang feature film – 1906

Audiences of the time loved this film’s boldness and, with its live sound effects and narration, to them it didn’t seem silent.

The Sullivans – On the Brink of War television program – 1976

The first four episodes of the long-running hit series cover the period leading up to the declaration of the Second World War in Australia on 3 September 1939.

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Temple of Dreams documentary – 2007

Made at the time of the Cronulla riots, articulate young Australian Muslim leaders take action to recognise and address the needs of their community.

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Whispering in Our Hearts documentary – 2001

Remembering those who were murdered in the 1918 massacre of Aboriginal people at Mowla Bluff is very much to do with healing.

Willaberta Jack documentary – 2007

Willaberta Jack and Harry Henty on the record, recalling an incident that occurred almost a century ago.