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State Library of NSW P&D-3152-10/2009 Megan Perry Manager Community Learning Services Sources are the raw material of history, they are what history is.

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1 State Library of NSW P&D /2009 Megan Perry Manager Community Learning Services Sources are the raw material of history, they are what history is made of.

2 Australian History “ Students think Australian history is important but do not like it. Teachers feel that students do not enjoy Australian history. Numbers taking Australian history in the senior school have been in rapid decline across the board since the early 1990s. Numbers taking Australian history in university are skyrocketing.” WHY? Tony Taylor -

3 Primary source – the raw material of history, usually defined as a piece of historical evidence which is made or written by a person who lived at the time and directly linked with an event or series of events in the past. Secondary source – usually defined as sources that post-date the events under study and form a commentary on these events – textbooks, biography, monographs Evidence – sources are the clues and evidence is the argument that you draw from the sources and the clues All sources must be questioned! Sources and evidence

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5 Sources Artefacts – the pyramids, breast plate, Stonehenge Photography and film Cartoons from newspapers and journals Drawings, sketches and paintings Newspaper editorials, letters and articles Extracts from speeches Extracts from writings of commentators Extracts from original official records Maps Statistics Music and poetry Posters and advertising Blogs/wikis? Wikipedia/Citizendium Key ISSUES Always question sources: who wrote/built/made/developed the source and what is their point of view - bias Why When Where What is missing – who is left out

6 SLNSW Not just books! o Manuscripts o Pictures o Photographs o Maps o Coins o Sound recordings o Videos o Newspapers o Artefacts

7 Algernon Talmage, "The Founding of Australia. By Capt. Arthur Phillip R.N. Sydney Cove, Jan. 26th 1788" / Original [oil] sketch [1937] ML 1222

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10 Image: The Costume of the Australians, c.1817, Edward Charles Close in his Sketchbook of New South Wales Views, watercolour, PXA187

11 The HIDDEN web State Library of NSW Historic Houses Trust Hyde Park Barracks Museum Original material – objects/artefacts Manuscripts, oral history and pictures catalogueManuscripts, oral history and pictures catalogue Books – search box on front page 0r cataloguesearch box on front pagecatalogue Discover collections Discover collections – stories with primary sources embedded

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14 The Mitchell Library is where the history of this nation is written. Use the Library and the resources that are FREELY available to you – the Librarians! When in doubt – ASK!!!! And finally Good Luck!!!

15 ScanRobot2 Gesture page turning The Bavarians Really out there!! Technologies currently under investigation at SLNSW


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