Free classroom video resources
Australian Journey: The Story of a Nation in 12 Objects is a free web-based video series exploring the nation’s history through captivating objects from the National Museum of Australia.
The series is suitable for high school and tertiary students and explores issues including the Australian environment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, democracy and citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, reconciliation and the Anzac legend.
Twelve episodes plus expert interviews
Australian Journey is presented by Professor Bruce Scates, FASSA, historian, novelist and film producer and Dr Susan Carland, sociologist, social critic and the co-creator of Salam Cafe. Each of the 12 episodes has an extra ‘Susan Carland in conversation’ interview with historians and other expert guests. Bruce is based at the Australian National University, Susan works at Monash University.
Download ‘Resources for the Journey’ for a list of texts, webcasts, podcasts and more that complement each episode of Australian Journey.
Episode 1: Travelling Country
Episode 2: A Land of the Weird and Monstrous
Episode 11: Australia’s First Terrorist?
Episode 12: The Anzac Legend
About the project
Australian Journey was three years in the making, filmed across the length and breadth of the continent and involved more than 50 major cultural institutions. The series began at Monash University and was completed with the generous assistance of the Australian National University. Both universities worked in close collaboration with the National Museum of Australia.
The views expressed in this series are those of the authors and interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the view of their host institutions or the National Museum of Australia. The authors, presenters and interviewees assert moral rights over their work.