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'A break away!'

This is an oil painting on canvas (137.3 cm x 167.8 cm) created by Tom Roberts. It depicts an outback scene in the late 19th century, set in the Riverina district of New South Wales during a drought. A mob of sheep is being moved by drovers through a parched landscape in search of water and green pastures. Smelling water, ...

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'Red gold', 1913

This is a 1913 oil painting by Hans Heysen (1877-1968). It captures a moment at the end of the day as a herdsman takes his cows home down a country road. In the foreground are two massive gum trees, behind which are stands of gums that stretch away towards a distant line of hills. The golden light, which floods the entire ...

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Beautiful Melbourne, 1947: Beautiful Melbourne?

This clip shows black-and-white silent footage of slum housing in inner-city Melbourne in 1947. It shows the squalid interior of a house with crumbling plaster and holes in the wall that reveal the wooden lathes behind, boarded-up windows, peeling paint and wallpaper, and a cracked ceiling covered in cobwebs. The camera ...

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Beautiful Melbourne, 1947: A better life

This clip shows black-and-white, silent footage of a Housing Commission estate in Richmond, Melbourne, in 1947. It shows children playing on a scooter outside well-kept houses and a block of two-storey flats, and then cuts to two little girls inside a house and singing along to a pianola. In the next scene one of the little ...

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'Untitled', 1999

This large work of thickly applied oil paint by Peter Booth shows a snowy wasteland strewn with stones in the shapes of coffins and large building blocks and with two large bones in the foreground. In the middle distance, beyond a gap between two converging walls, lies a jumbled heap of even larger stone blocks. The sky ...

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'Who comes?', c1908

This is an oil painting by Rupert Bunny of two women dressed in frilly tea-gowns fashionable in the Edwardian era. They stand in the corner of a wooden balcony shaded from the bright sun by a dark curtain, a woven sea-grass blind and a vertically striped red-and-white canvas blind. One woman pushes back the curtain and ...

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Abo history (facts) [Aboriginal history (facts)], 1988

This is a painting by Ngaku/Dunghutti artist Robert Campbell Jr presenting an Aboriginal version of Australian history in 12 cartoon-like frames. It was commissioned for the National Aboriginal Art Award in 1988 during Australia's bicentenary of colonisation. The title, chosen by the artist, includes the derogatory term ...

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'Impressionists' camp', 1889

In this 13.9 cm x 24.0 cm oil sketch on paper two men are seen against a window inside a big, sparsely furnished room. One man in a brown jacket and lighter pants is seated looking at a piece of paper, while the other, in a dark suit and bowler hat and smoking a pipe, stands looking down at him. A painting hangs on the ...

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'Woman (Annunciation)', c1939

This painting by Grace Crowley is a cubist-inspired depiction of a seated partly naked woman who looks out at the viewer. Her elongated right arm and the right side of her chest and face are painted fairly naturalistically, while the rest of her is suggested by semi-geometric shapes of different colours. Some of those shapes ...

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'Pumpkins', c1942

This oil painting by Yosl Bergner shows a shaven-headed man as he strains forward to haul a cart filled with pumpkins. He is followed by a shaven-headed barefoot child, and is being watched by a gaunt woman. These three people are walled off by a high row of terrace houses behind them. Apart from the orange pumpkins and ...

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'The new order', 1942

This painting by Noel Counihan shows five soldiers with rifles who have just executed civilians against a wall and are slouching away with their helmeted heads lowered. To the right stands a soldier who must have given the order to fire. He is looking down at an old man with a white beard and a younger woman with blood ...

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'The chase', 1946

In this enamel painting by Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly's armour and a gun are mounted on a galloping horse. The armour has red and yellow stripes. The horse is brown with four white socks, and it has a flat saddle held in place by a thin strap, but no stirrups, and there are reins but no bridle. A policeman mounted on a white ...