Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

‘The Block’: Examining the meeting place of Aboriginal culture, activism, and hope.

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Most of us grew up in a neighborhood. There was that one block of land that you knew. Your friends rode bikes there, your neighbors said hello. It was home, and it was yours.

For the aboriginal peoples of Sydney, Australia this place was known simply as ‘The Block‘.

This amazing interactive website tells the story of this neighborhood in a way that no video or article could. This website allows the viewer to decide what they want to learn, what they want to see. You can, so to speak, walk the streets; explore the neighborhood. There are videos and slideshows which enable you to get to know the people who lived there. By the end of it, you feel as if you’ve actually physically been there. It is a truly powerful example of interactive journalism.

The Block was started as a beacon of hope in a time with an uncertain future. Reformed alcoholics, activists, and children of the lost generation came together in this place and began to refurbish these old dilapidated buildings and created a meeting place. It became a common ground, a place where Aboriginal peoples could join together and share common backgrounds and cultures.

‘The Block’
Photo Credit: Dean Sewell.
Redfern, Sydney, 25 December 1999.

The website does a beautiful job of drawing people in. You feel as though you too grew up on ‘The Block’. Because of this, you deeply connect with the loss they feel due to the fact that in September of 2010 the last residents were forced from ‘The Block’.

For more information about ‘The Block’ go to



Written by jamiecw

November 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

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  1. Very cool. Great picture. I like how you explained the site so vividly.


    November 27, 2012 at 3:12 am

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