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All titles in the ‘Education’ genre

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A

ABC Children’s TV Club – Monday Showcase television program – 1961

The iconic Children’s Hour on ABC radio morphs into television. This episode features artist Jeffrey Smart and Aroora the Red Kangaroo.

Aborigines of the Sea Coast documentary – 1948

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

Art + Soul documentary – 2010

Senior art curator Hetti Perkins travels across Australia to meet leading Aboriginal artists and talk about their works within an Aboriginal cultural context.

Australia Post – Post Office Spruce Up sponsored film – 1987

This program introduced a competition between post offices to mark the launch of the first incarnation of commercial, sales-oriented post office shopfronts.

Australia Post – The Last of the TPOs sponsored film – 1985

This program marks the closure of the Travelling Post Office, a mail service that had worked in conjunction with Australia’s various railway networks since 1865.

B

Birth of the Red Kangaroo documentary – 1965

This CSIRO documentary details the reproductive cycle of the red kangaroo, its mating habits and growth in the pouch.

Bomb Harvest documentary – 2007

This documentary follows an Australian bomb disposal specialist training a team in Laos to clear bombs left from the ‘secret war’ the US waged at the time of the Vietnam War.

Bridewealth for a Goddess documentary – 1999

Bridewealth for a Goddess is a remarkable record of a ritual that may never be repeated.

Browning Machine Gun sponsored film – c1940

An animated army training film that illustrates the operation of the Browning machine gun.

C

Cinderella on Strings documentary – c1947

Cinderella is a marionette but she still gets to meet her Prince Charming.

The Colony television program – 2005

In this 'living history’ series, participants chosen to match the social fabric of the time as convicts, free settlers and Indigenous Australians relive the birth of the Australian colony.

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.

Commonwealth Bank – Willie Wombat: Waste Not Want Not sponsored film – c1939

Willie Wombat was produced by Eric Porter – Australia’s first career animator – to promote the Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia’s School Banking program.

Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement documentary – 1976

This sponsored film demonstrates the successful application of continuously reinforced concrete pavement in a major infrastructure project.

Crook Hat and Camphoo documentary – 2005

This is an episode of the important Nganampa Anwernekenhe TV series that aims to preserve indigenous language and culture.

D

A Day at the Beach sponsored film – 1956

A young Australian family enjoys a day at the beach.

Division of Radiophysics documentary – 1950

This public relations documentary outlines research undertaken by the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics during the 1940s.

E

End of the Rainbow documentary – 2007

This documentary traces the impact on the communities of moving a gold mine operation from Indonesia to West Africa.

F

A Film for Discussion documentary – 1973

This black-and-white experimental film was made collectively by members of one of Australia’s first Women’s Liberation groups. It sought to promote Women’s Liberation by engaging viewers in active discussion, hence its name.

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 4, No Other Law documentary – 2008

This episode examines the coming of the telegraph pole and white settlement to Central Australia.

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.

Four’s a Crowd documentary – 1957

Four’s a Crowd comically portrays four types of workers in the waterfront industry – Glass-arm Harry, Tiddly Pete, Nick-away Ned and Ron the Roaster.

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.

H

The Happy Years sponsored film – c1958

This film showcases the health services provided to state school students.

A Hard Rain documentary – 2007

A Hard Rain came out of David Bradbury’s concern that Australia was about to embark on the biggest environmental disaster since white settlement.

Honeybee Blues documentary – 2009

Australian bee pathologist Dr Denis Anderson is on a quest to save the honeybee from the devastating Varroa destructor mite.

K

Kindergarten Playtime television program – 1959

In 1959, two years after the Soviet Union’s Sputnik satellite is launched, Australia’s first pre-school television show tackles space travel.

L

Lift Off – A Load of Old Rubbish television program – 1992

EC has minimal facial features and doesn’t talk, communicating through gesture and movement. Children warm immediately to this doll and what it represents.

Lift Off – That’s Not Fair – Part B television program – 1992

Spruikers from the ‘Bonza’ cereal advertisement come out of the TV set to persuade Poss and Kim that buying Bonza will make all their dreams come true.

M

Maintaining the Links: Maintenance of Historic Timber Bridges in NSW sponsored film – 2001

This film from the RTA Oral History Program documents the history of timber bridge design and construction in New South Wales.

Much Ado About Something documentary – 2001

Much Ado About Something is a poetic investigation into whether the literary works attributed to Shakespeare were really written by Christopher Marlowe.

N

The New Gladesville Bridge sponsored film – 1967

A public relations film made for the NSW Department of Main Roads documenting the construction of the New Gladesville Bridge, then the longest reinforced concrete arch span in the world.

P

Pacifica: Tales from the South Seas – Episode 1 documentary – 1993

Traditional stories, myths and legends from the Cook, Kiribati and Vanuatu Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Pacifica: Tales from the South Seas – Episode 6 documentary – 1993

Traditional stories, myths and legends from two Pacific Islands – Tahiti and Western Samoa.

Painting the Town: A Film About Yosl Bergner documentary – 1987

Bergner was one of the first contemporary artists to depict the plight of urban Aboriginal people and parallel their dispossession with that of European Jews.

R

Rats in the Ranks documentary – 1996

The behind-the-scenes political wheeling and dealing in the countdown to the election of a new mayor for Sydney’s Leichhardt Council.

Rocking the Foundations documentary – 1985

Rocking The Foundations is more than a film about a union: it’s a film about social change and how ordinary people can make that happen.

S

Safety First sponsored film – c1936

This early road safety film uses drama, artwork and song to show children the correct way to behave when on the road.

Sanitation and the City documentary – c1957

This documentary outlines the management of water supply and sanitation by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.

Schools for Farmers sponsored film – c1950

This short film promotes schools for farmers during vacation time at Hawkesbury Agricultural College.

The Sharkcallers of Kontu documentary – 1982

Believing that the spirits of their ancestors dwell in the mako shark, shark callers are not only hunting but also maintaining a connection with their past.

Size 10 documentary – 1978

Size 10 is about how four young women break free of the pressure to conform to beauty and fashion norms.

Smoking the Baby documentary – 2001

Smoking the Baby demonstrates an Indigenous ritual that helps children and mothers fend off illness.

Sunset to Sunrise (ingwartentyele – arrerlkeme) documentary – 2006

A yarn told by Rupert Max Stuart, an Arrernte and Mu-tujulu Elder, encapsualing his philosophies about passing culture on and keeping it alive.

Sydney-Newcastle Expressway sponsored film – 1968

This film comprehensively covers three-and-a-half years of construction of the Sydney-Newcastle Expressway in 50 minutes.

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