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Famous Australians

Student activities

Task no. 1

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Famous Australians

Imagine you are a researcher for a TV program called 'Famous Australians'.

Your task is to research the life of Frank Hurley in preparation for an interview. What questions would you ask him about his life and achievements? What answers might he have given? Use the sources and the research planner in the downloadable resource to help you plan your interview questions.

Correspondence of Douglas Mawson - 1, 29 September - 16 October 1911
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Correspondence of Douglas Mawson - 2, 29 September - 16 October 1911
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Exhibition of pictures taken during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition,
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Hurley washing cinematograph film after development in the Antarctic on board the "Aurora",
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Charles Francis Laseron - Diaries, 21 Nov. 1911 - 24 Feb. 1913, kept while a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, together with related papers, 1911 - ca. 12 Oct. 1912 ,
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Picturesque shore ice, Cape Denison & the "Aurora" at anchor,
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Exhibition of pictures taken during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition and other photographic studies by Frank Hurley - Giant Water Lillies, 1911-1914
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C. 'Diary No 1', 1 Jan. 1915 ??? 13 Jan. 1916 / Frank Hurley ,
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Midwinter - the ship encased in ice, 1915 ,
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Crushed Endurance ,
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A windy outpost on Westhoek Ridge,
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The 1st Brigade A.L.H. passing through Bethlehem on their way to Jericho ,
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Captain Frank Hurley self-portrait, on board the "Discovery", ca. 1929, ca 1929
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An Australian birthday: Cinesound films "A nation is built" directed by Frank Hurley for the Sesquicentenary, Mount York, 1 December 1937
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Task no. 2

The Life of Frank Hurley

Using the sources and the information you have gathered in Activity 1, work with a partner to develop a role play on the life of Frank Hurley: one person assumes the role of the interviewer; the other assumes the role of Frank Hurley. 

Use the questions and answers from your research to develop a script for the interview.