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The Great Depression in Australia: The Great Depression in Australia

This guide examines the causes and effects of The Great Depression, in Australia and around the world.

The Great Depression

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The Great Depression

The Great Depression is a term given to a period from 1929 to the mid-1930's during which most countries around the world were affected by a severe economic recession. Economic recessions usually occur after a period of prosperity or a boom. The Depression was caused by the collapse of share prices on the Wall Street Stock Exchange in New York, USA. Read about The Wall Street Crash here.


 For books browse the Resource Centre Catalogue under the following subject headings:

The Great Depression, 1929 - 1941

Australia- History

Depressions, Economic - History, Twentieth Century

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Modern World History Online Database

The Modern World History Online Database is a must use resource for this subject. You will find Biographies, Events, Primary Sources, Images, Videos, Maps and Charts.

The Great Depression Books

Web Links on The Great Depression

News Reels from The Great Depression

The Depression


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Make sure you watch all these news reels on The Great Depression. Bread and dripping  is a collection of three clips where people speak of their lives during the Depression.

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