Glossary of terms

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a straw-filled mattress


a low wall along the edge of a tall structure, such as a bridge or roof

paratrooper soldier trained to be dropped by parachute into battle or enemy territory

a member of a peacekeeping force deployed to maintain or restore peace, often defence force or police personnel

peacekeeping force

a special force formed to maintain or restore peace


a person who brings about peace, especially by reconciling adversaries


a vertical tube inside a submarine that lets a person see above the surface of the water


a small building made of concrete used to defend a place in a battle


a small boat carried on a large ship, used to carry goods and people from the ship to the shore


a large area of high and fairly flat land


a direct vote by the people of a country or region in which they say whether they agree or disagree with a particular policy


something that happens after a person's death but relates to something they did before they died

prisoners of war

a person who is held captive by a belligerent power, such as their enemy, during or after an armed conflict


a cliff or high point of land that points out into the sea


biased information that a country or political organisation broadcasts or publishes to influence people

Protection Acts

state-based laws of the 1800s and 1900s that forced First Australians to live under the control of a legal protector who managed many aspects of their lives, such as employment and marriage


a state that is controlled and protected by another


a Christian who belongs to the branch of the Christian church that separated from the Catholic Church in the 16th century


a system of rules about the correct way to act in formal situations