Our History - Volume 2

This series for primary students looks at aspects of Australian life today and in the past. Where possible, programs explore changes in attitudes of Australians over time and the reasons for these changes. Programs use documentary and archival footage and stills, light-hearted animated interpretations of events and extracts from primary sources.
SNOWY SCHEME
Construction
What is the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme? Why was it built? Who built it? Effects on Australia at the time - the fact that it opened up huge irrigation areas, more electricity, migrants, different foods introduced to the Snowy area, new booming towns.
Moving a Town
This program looks at the fact that not all Australians were pleased about the Snowy Scheme. Two towns were drowned by the lakes formed by the dams. One of these was Adaminaby. We look at the great sense of loss for some people when they had to leave their homes and gardens which would disappear below the rising waters. We hear how it was an exciting time for many of the children as they watched their homes being moved to the new site, but how 50 years later, as adults they feel a great sense of loss. Many are also angry at the location chosen for their new town.
Some Problems
This program brings the effects of the Snowy Scheme to the present day. We see the environmental and economic impact of diverting the waters of the Snowy River to the other side of the mountains. We also see that the problems are not easy ones to solve, and they will take time and money.
AUSTRALIANS OVER TIME
Eating - Now and Then
This program looks at how and why we were a nation of meat eaters and how, with our various waves of migrants and increasing overseas travel by Australians, the food we eat has changed.
Schooling - Some Changes
This program looks at some of the changes in Australian schooling over the years including early schools designed to make children of convicts better citizens, education for Indigenous Australians and the move to compulsory education.
Isolated Schooling
This program looks at how schooling for children living in isolated areas has changed over time, from governesses and tutors, travelling schools, correspondence schools, radio, schools of the air, to schooling using modern technology.
Schooling - Memories
Three generations of a family, one aged ten, a father in his thirties and a grandad in his seventies compare aspects of their school days.
National Parks
This program looks at how our attitude to our natural environment has changed over time using the Royal National Park in Sydney, the first national park in Australia, and only the second national park in the world as a case study.
Rabbits
We look at how rabbits were first introduced to make Australia more like England. Unfortunately they flourished and became a pest for the farmer and have a devastating effect on many of our native species. However, there were others whose livelihood depended on the rabbit, and whole industries thrived because of this furry little creature - rabbiters, meat processors, wire manufacturers etc.
Koalas
In the nineteenth century the koala was hunted and its skins sent overseas. Early in the twentieth century, with a growing appreciation of Australian plants and animals, and with the publication of children's books like Blinky Bill and the Magic Pudding, community attitudes to Koalas changed and states moved to protect them. Despite Koalas now being protected, their habitat is not, so in many areas they are a threatened species in danger of disappearing.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

Production Year: 
2003
Duration: 
7 x 15 mins
Series Episode
Standard $275 $154
Schools $275 $154
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