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Land of Opportunity: Australia's post-war reconstruction


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Prime Minister John Curtin and Treasurer Ben Chifley outside Parliament House, Canberra, 1945.

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Planning Meat Ration Meals, published by the Rationing Commission,1942.

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Postal workers employed by General Post Office, Brisbane, 1942.

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Prime Minister John Curtin with General Douglas MacArthur, 1944.

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Australia's first wool sales since 1939 in 1946.

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Dr HV Evatt, Minister for External Affairs, with advisors at the United Nations San Francisco Conference, 1945.

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New plant, Blue Circle Southern Cement, Berrima, New South Wales, 1945.

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Victory Day procession, Brisbane, 10 June 1946.

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An art class held opposite the BHP steelworks, Newcastle, New South Wales, 1946.

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Coal miners finish a shift at Burwood Colliery, Newcastle, New South Wales, 1946.

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Robert Menzies and Annabelle Rankin at her first Senate election, 1946.

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Federal Weather Station at Giles, Rawlinson Ranges, Western Australia, 1956.

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Elizabeth Street, Hobart, 1947.

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Displaced people bound for Bonegilla, Australia’s first migrant reception centre, after arriving in Melbourne, 1947.

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Prime Minister Ben Chifley and Minister for Immigration Arthur Calwell greet the first post-war migrants, British tradesmen who arrived in Sydney on the Largs Bay, 1947.

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Prime Minister Ben Chifley launches the first Holden, Melbourne, 1948.

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HC (Nugget) Coombs at the Lapstone conference on the admission of Indonesia to the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East, 1948.

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Leaving school, Glen Innes, New South Wales, 1948.

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A control area map for the Flying Doctor Service of Australia, Broken Hill, New South Wales, 1948.

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Women are instructed on how to plant young cypress pine trees, 1948.

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Broadcasting display, Queensland, 1949.

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Prime Minister Ben Chifley, Governor-General William McKell and Minister for Works and Housing Nelson Lemmon at the official opening of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme, Adaminaby, New South Wales, 1949.

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Prime Minister Ben Chifley with Dame Enid Lyons at the laying of foundation stones of the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the Research School of Physical Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, 1949.

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Aboriginal stockmen, Wyndham, Western Australia, 1949.

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Minister for Post War Reconstruction John Dedman and HC (Nugget) Coombs arrive in London, 1949.

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Professor Fin Crisp, Director-General, Department of Post War Reconstruction, Canberra, 1949.

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A group of cadet patrol officers are shown the Royal Papuan Constabulary police barracks at Sogeri, in the hills behind Port Moresby, 1950.

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Members of the United Nations Trusteeship Council arrive in Rabaul, 1950.

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Minister for Immigration Harold Holt congratulates participants at the First Citizenship Convention, Canberra, 1950.

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Blast furnaces, BHP, Newcastle, c. 1945.

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