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Palaeogeographic atlas: Australia

This is an online atlas tracing the evolution of the Australian continent from 542 million to 10,000 years ago. It consists of 70 maps able to be viewed individually or in various time sequence slideshows. The maps, superimposed on outlines of Greater Australia, show continental land, coastal and marine areas, rivers, bodies ...

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'Save water and be rewarded' brochure, Department of Sustainability and Environment, 2002

This is a brochure published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in 2002. Its cover features a large statement, 'Save water and be rewarded' and a close-up photograph of clear, splashing water taken at eye-level. The brochure gives details of government rebates on approved water conservation products ...

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Indigenous Australian collection

This federated search from the QAGOMA database features a selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks from the collection. The searchable database provides artwork images, background information about the artist and the artwork, a map of major Indigenous regions in Australia, classroom activities, a glossary ...

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Australian collection

This database features a selection of Australian artworks from QAGOMA. The searchable database provides artwork images, background information about the artist and the artwork, classroom activities, a glossary of key terms and curriculum alignment information for teachers. Search results can be refined by theme, period, ...

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Commonwealth, One People, One Empire, One Destiny postcard, 1901

This is a postcard. One side is printed with the Federation crest with pictures of Queen Victoria, Edmund Barton and Lord Hopetoun, and the message: 'Commonwealth / One People / One Empire / One Destiny'. The other side has a banner containing 'POST CARD' with a decorative scroll carrying the words 'THE ADDRESS ONLY TO ...

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Family walking to Anzac ceremony at Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, 1935 or 1936

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Allen family in Melbourne on ANZAC Day, 25 April, in 1935 or 1936. From the left are Walter, Ada, Perce, Mary and Heather Allen. They have watched the Anzac Day march and are walking to the ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in the King's Domain parklands adjacent to St ...

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'Chronological tree of Victorian history', 1873

This is a poster titled 'Chronological tree of Victorian history', a picture designed and written by James McKain Meek. It was printed and published by John Paten in 1873 and photolithographed by John Noone of the Crown Lands Office in Melbourne. The picture is in the shape of a gum tree, with a stylised geological and ...

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'I'm a great help to daddy ...' - child attempting to mow lawn, Preston East, 1944-45

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Faye Irvine, aged 2 and a half years, at her home in Preston East, Melbourne. She is attempting to push a handmower on the lawn in the backyard of her family home. The yard has a large area of lawn with a tree. There is a wooden picket fence on the boundaries.

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Oil painting - opening of first Commonwealth Parliament, 1901

This is a monochrome oil painting by Charles Nuttall, depicting the opening of the first Commonwealth Parliament in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on 9 May 1901. The painting is 226 cm high x 405 cm wide, and it has a carved wooden frame with a leaf pattern.

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Thomson steam car, 1898

This is a four-wheel phaeton-body steam car, designed and built by Herbert Thomson of Armadale, Victoria, between 1896 and 1898. The car has an open carriage with wooden-spoked wheels, and has two opposing upholstered red bench seats and a lamp on each side of the front seat. Across the front is painted in gold 'THOMSON ...

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Marine and shipping photo library

This is a library of photographic images of Australian marine and coastal environments. The library contains a wide range of images tagged and searchable by categories including: Australian state and territory, type of organism, major habitats and ships. The collection is periodically updated with new images.

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Bunyip gold nugget, 1972

This is a gold nugget known as the 'Bunyip nugget'. It weighs 50 ounces (1.55 kg). It was found in the early 1970s by a farmer while ploughing near Bridgewater to the west of Bendigo in Victoria, and was purchased by the National Museum of Victoria (now Museum Victoria) in 1978 for $40,000.

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Penny-farthing bicycle, c1888

This is a penny-farthing, or high-wheel bicycle, built in Melbourne by H Bassett and Co in the late 1880s. Called 'The Victory', it has a 142-cm diameter front wheel and a smaller rear wheel, both with solid rubber tyres. The pedals are fixed directly to the axle of the front wheel. The leather seat sits on a 'cradle spring' ...

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Phar Lap

This is a photograph showing the mounted hide of Phar Lap, a champion racehorse in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He was a large chestnut-coloured gelding who stood 17.1 hands (about 174 cm) tall.

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Humby skin-grafting knife, c1950

This is a 'Humby' skin-grafting knife, formerly owned by Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, and made in about 1950. With an adjustable blade and a roller, the knife was used to remove sections of healthy skin of varying thickness for grafting onto damaged parts of the body to help them heal quickly.

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Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop cystoscope, c1950

This is a medical instrument called a rigid cystoscope, formerly owned by Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop. It was made in about 1950 by American Cystoscope Makers, Inc. The cystoscope, which was used for bladder examinations, is stored in a small wooden box, measuring 6 cm x 33 cm x 16 cm, and includes handwritten instructions ...

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Hubert Opperman bicycles

These two racing bicycles were used by the champion Australian cyclist, Hubert Opperman, in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The one on the right with red handles is a classic road-racing bicycle. The one on the left with grey handles has been made for 'motor-pacing', a type of track racing. Both were manufactured by Bruce ...

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Knucklebones, collected 1954-55

This is a set of knucklebones and the box they came in, held by the Australian Children's Folklore Collection, which is housed at Museum Victoria. The box is labelled 'THE OLD GAME OF JACKS' and grouped around it are five plastic knucklebones for use in child's play. The knucklebones are irregular in shape, have rounded ...

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Orrery, c1770 - part 2

This is a mechanical model of part of the solar system, commonly known as an orrery, manufactured by English mathematician and instrument maker Benjamin Martin in about 1770. This bronze model features a cylindrical clockwork mechanism with an orb representing the Sun placed in the centre. Extending from this on an arm ...

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Triunial projector, c1890s

This is a triunial or triple projector, also known as a triple lens magic lantern, probably from the 1890s. The projector is mainly made from varnished wood such as mahogany, and brass. Three lens systems in telescopic tubes project from the box, each covered with a brass lens cap. In front of each tube is a slide gate, ...