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Primary sources

Primary sources

Primary sources are objects in the collection of the National Museum of Australia. Many of them are relevant to educators and students; below is a sample. Each one has an image, a detailed description, and a statement of its educational value.

Years 5 and up
English, media, arts, Australian history, historical skills
Years 5 and up
Australian history, historical skills
Years 5 and up
Australian history, historical skills
Years 5 and up
Australian history, historical skills
Years 5 and up
Indigenous culture & history, arts, historical skills
+ keys to symbols and a map of significant sites
Years 5 and up
Australian history, historical skills
Years 5 and up
Historical skills, environment

Other sets of historical images

In addition to the above material in the National Museum collection, we have also compiled three sets of historical images – and accompanying activities – on the topic of 'Feeding the family'. They are designed to develop historical skills in students in Years 1 and 2.

1950s kitchen – thumbnail image

Kitchens from 1950, 1980 and the present-day

milk bottle – thumbnail image

Images of the production and promotion of milk

1910 picnic in the Blue Mountains – thumbnail image

Over 100 years of family picnics