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Reference Sources

Modern World History Online: Australia and New Zealand - The Depression
Scroll down for this subtopic within a longer article. Notice this article contrasts events in New Zealand and Australian at the time, so read carefully to choose information pertinent to Australia. Log in through the School Library webpage.

Australia Through Time REF 994.04 AUS

Newspapers offer an overview of events, attitudes and interests of people during a particular period. This reference provides four pages of photos and news articles for each year of history from 1868-1998. There is also a timeline along the bottoms of the pages summarizing major events.

Wikipedia has information on just about anything and is generally easy-to-read, but is it reliable? Wikipedia relies on articles written/edited by volunteers and on constant feedback from its users to determine the accuracy of its content. Wikipedia may help you to discover issues central to your topic or lead to further resources. Before using Wikipedia as a source, you'll need to fill out this evaluation check-list and discuss with Ms. Smith.

Print Resources

Weevils, War and Wallabies: 1920-1945/Jackie French 994.042 FRE

Always felt history was too dry? Jackie French's book is for you. Chapters 3 and 4 explain in plain English how Australia got into a Depression, how the people coped and what events took place and why. Chapters are divided into short articles and the cartoon illustrations will have you chuckling.

The Depression: Through Children's Eyes/Anna Ciddor 994.042 CID

Don't be fooled by the picture book format.This book follows the daily lives of two families during the worst year of the Australian Depression - 1932. Their circumstances can easily be compared as the author has placed Lorna's story on the left-hand pages and Frank's on the right.

The Great Depression: 1929-1939/Nicholas Brasch 994.042 BRA

This book offers two kinds of information. On the left-hand pages are explanations of events and people who shaped the times. On the right-hand are excerpts from primary sources of information (e.g. letters,diary entries, speeches). Be sure to read the introductory pages on interpreting history. There are interesting points to consider when writing your essay.

Weevils in the Flour: An oral record of the 1930's Depression in Australia/Wendy Lowenstein 338.54 LOW

The author's transcribed taped interviews with people who grew up in or lived through the Depression. Each highly readable chapter is one person's story. It's not necessary to read the whole book unless you want, focus on the questions the author asks to choose stories; get an impression. Also try looking for common themes in people's interviews that might be of use to your essay.

The Myth of the Great Depression/David Potts 338.542 POT

Again, instead of reading the whole book, read the short introduction then dip into the chapters with recollections of people living through the Depression.The author published this book to offer a different perspective on the history of the Great Depression.There was controversy when the book was released.

Online Resources (websites)

Book Review: The Myth of the Great Depression
Book reviews are a form of persuasive writing. This professional reviewer writes an advanced piece of work with a strong opinion about David Potts' book. Does he persuade you or not? How does he use language and structure his article?

Radio National: The Myth of the Great Depression
Now hear Potts' point of view, background to the book and issues with perspective in history. The podcast can be heard online or downloaded to your mp3 player. There is more than one topic to this podcast. Advance to 29:51.


This site contains comprehensive articles developed for Victorian schools and the subjects you study. Four items have been bookmarked. Log in through the library webpage. There's video footage of the time and photos. Use the highlighter function for note-taking (save important points and print off) or listen to audio summaries of each chapter. You can download summaries to your mp3 player.

Roo Stew and a Pittance for Potatoes
This multimedia site lets you look at photos and listen to a short interview with Fred Wellburn of WA talking about growing up in the Depression.His parents immigrated to Australia in the 1920's so he shares their background at the beginning. Background information often helps us understand how things can go wrong.

National Film and Sound Archive - The Great Depression
This collection of film footage offers lots to choose from. Some segments are interviews with people about their experiences during the Depression, others are dramatic newsreels from the 1930's. It pays to read the curators' notes under the videos for added perspective.

Australia's Cultural Portal: The Great Depression

This site is a treasure trove of Australian history. This page clearly and concisely covers political, economic, employment and social issues of the time. Terms are hyperlinked to definitions and further information. There are links to other resources listed at the bottom of the page.

Search Engines

Study Search Australia
Did you know there was more than one way to search Google? This custom Google search engine combines a regular Google search with a search of its educational database. Teachers contribute to this database so more reliable websites are likely to appear in your search. It's still important to evaluate every source you plan to use.