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Year 9 History - Australia between the wars - 1918-1939

A list of sites that include information on important events, people and innovations of the period between World War I and World War II.

Skint! Making do in the great depression

On Tuesday 29 October 1929 the New York stock market collapsed. Twenty-six billion dollars vanished into thin air, leaving markets in ruin for the next 3 years. Australian exports fell overnight, leaving local industries at a standstill, driving up unemployment, misery and hardship. Australia's debts to overseas banks were impossible to meet.

Surviving the Great Depression

The Museum Of Sydney is hosting a new exhibition called 'Skint: Making Do in the Great Depression'. QUENTIN DEMPSTER, PRESENTER: In the 1930s during the Great Depression, one in three Australian breadwinners was unemployed. It was a time of great hardship and one that makes the current Global Financial Crisis pale by comparison.

The Great Depression

Depression: A time of low economic activity, distinguished from a recession by being prolonged and sustained, characterised by continuing falls in output, high and rising unemployment and companies burdened with unsold stocks because demand is low. Unemployment in Australia The Great Depression (1929-32) was a time of extreme hardship for people in Australia.

John Larkin

This page features a range of links and resources targeted at students undertaking Stage 5 history in NSW, Australia as programmed by the Board of Studies, NSW.

Australian History/1920s

Introduction After World War I was announced to be over, Australia as a nation was eager to leave the hardships of war behind them. Several introductions to the domestic household that was meant to improve the quality of life such as the automobile and the wireless (radios) were changing the way people lived and shaped the industry around it.

Australia Between the Wars: Significant Individuals in the 1930's

This is a prezi slide about the most significant individuals in the 1930's and what they did.

Bradman's Bats

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

Newsreels before sound

Video clip synopsis – Newsreels included events of both political and social importance and were screened all day long in specially designed cinemas.

Cinesound Review

Video clip synopsis – Ray Edmondson provides a history of Cinesound. Liz Jacka talks abut the differences between newsreels and today's TV news.

Early radio broadcasting

Video clip synopsis - An excerpt from The Royal Empire Society Banquet. Liz Jacka describes the impact which radio broadcasts had on Australian life. Year of production - 1923 Duration - 1min 38sec Tags - audiences, broadcasting, changing communities, children, culture, family life, identity, media and society, radio, script writing, see all tags The excerpt of The Royal Empire Society Banquet was filmed in Sydney in the late 1920s.

Phar Lap's Hide

Video clip synopsis – In the 1930s, a New Zealand-born horse called Phar Lap won the hearts of Australians and became one of our most loved and enduring icons.

Fox Movietone News

Video clip synopsis – The importance in Australian news broadcasting history of Movietone and other newsreels.

Building the Bridge

Video clip synopsis - In 2007 Australia celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a giant steel arch resembling a coat hanger that has became one of world's most recognised structures and an engineering triumph.

Australia Between the Wars - sample pages from Pearson Publishing

Includes a time line, social change, returned soldiers, life on the land and women.

NSW Migration Heritage Centre

Aspects of Australian history 1918-1939 icluding Spanish flu, Soldier Settler Scheme, the Great Depression and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Australia Between the Wars

Topic 3: AUSTRALIA BETWEEN THE WARS Australians were greatly affected by their involvement in World War I. Many were pessimistic about the future because of their experiences, losses and difficulty in understanding how governments could become involved in wars that resulted in such enormous casualties.