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Skin and scales, feathers and fur

This collection of media resources focuses on the features of a variety of animals and how these features help the animals meet their needs for food, shelter and safety from predators.

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Animal behaviours

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources allows students to investigate a range of animal behaviours - defensive behaviours; reproductive behaviours; locomotion; communication; feeding behaviours; adaptive behaviours; and nesting behaviours. Images enable students to build a picture of behaviours such as the strategies ...

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Simple ecosystem diagram

This is a colour graphic representing the energy and nutrient flow in a simple food chain. The Sun and organisms making up the food chain are represented in diagrammatic form. The graphic is labelled and a key to the colour-coding of energy and nutrient flows is included.

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Vultures feeding on Cape buffalo carcass

This colour image is a photograph of two vultures feeding on the carcass of a Cape buffalo ('Cyncerus caffer') in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. A white-backed vulture ('Gyps africanus') sits on the carcass while the hooded vulture ('Necrosyrtes monarchus') sits beside the carcass. The adult buffalo is partially ...

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Australia's heritage, 2009: Wattie Creek

'Wattie Creek' is an episode from the series 'Australia's heritage - national treasures with Chris Taylor', produced in 2009. In the clip, Taylor talks about the Wave Hill walk-off. He asks the viewer to imagine being asked to work for little or no money while being given only flour, sugar and tea for food, and only a tin ...

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Meat ants with grasshopper leg

This colour image is a photograph of meat ants ('Iridomyrmex purpureus') moving a grasshopper leg into their nest. Meat ants are quite large ants with long legs, a large red head and a black abdomen. Eight or so ants are working together to move the grasshopper leg.

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Animal weapons: lion

This is a colour clip showing the alliance between female lions ('Panthera leo') in a pride. The females, all related, cooperate in hunting and care of the young. The clip shows that a lion's most effective weapon is not its teeth or claws but its ability to hunt in a pride. There is footage of female lions cooperating ...

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Scrapbook compiled by Mary Truby King, 1928-2002

This is a personal scrapbook compiled by Mary Truby King, mostly in the 1930s. It is a thick bound foolscap book with heavy marbled cardboard covers and a maroon leather spine. Its blank pages are numbered and the first pages have alphabetical tabs. The scrapbook contains pasted clippings of Truby King's own articles from ...

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Whale-tooth scrimshaw showing a blindfolded horseman, 1855-65

This is a scrimshawed and partly hollowed whale's tooth, cream in colour, depicting a blindfolded horseman wearing a cape and a Macedonian helmet. It was carved by Alfred Evans in Australia between 1855 and 1856. The horseman is brandishing a sword while mounted on a raised horse. The item is 65 mm wide.

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ResMed flow generator and humidifier, 2005-06

This is an S8 AutoSet Spirit flow generator and a HumidAire 3i humidifier, manufactured from plastic and metal by ResMed, New South Wales, between 2005 and 2006. The flow generator is grey, black and white plastic, and it has an LCD screen, control buttons and a handle. A cylinder protrudes from the lower right corner. ...

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'Cattle coming in to water', 1884-1917

This is a full plate glass negative entitled 'Cattle Coming in to Water' taken bythe Sydney photographic studio Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format depicts a collection of dark, white and speckled cattle coming to drink from a dam. Trees can be ...

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Harpoon spear used in Antarctica, 1927-39

This is a six-pronged harpoon spear used in Antarctica for whaling by British biologist and photographer George Rayner between 1927 and 1939. It is 10 cm wide by 16.5 cm high and 1.8 cm deep. The spear is part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the interwar era of scientific exploration of Antarctica.

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Life stages of the European wasp

This is an information sheet about the egg, larval, pupal and adult stages of the European wasp, 'Vespula germanica'. It also describes what happens to the wasp population over the course of the year.

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Maternal behaviour of wolf spiders

This is an information sheet describing the maternal behaviour of wolf spiders (Family Lycosidae).

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Land crayfish

This is an information sheet on land crayfish. It provides information about their classification, distribution, behaviour and life cycle.

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Gunflint, c1880

This is a stone gunflint, a piece of stone used inside a flintlock firearm to ignite the gunpowder. The gunflint was uncovered in an archaeological dig of the area known as 'Little Lon', Melbourne, in 2003. It does not appear to have been used.

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Mollie Bodman and another woman hunting in grasstree scrub, St Margaret Island, c1910

This is a black-and-white photograph of two women hunting in a landscape of trees and grasstree scrub on St Margaret Island, about 1910. One of the women, Mollie Bodman, is holding a gun. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Charles Nuttall feeding 'kangaroo' dog, St Margaret Island, 1910-20

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the artist Charles Nuttall feeding a 'kangaroo' dog among trees at St Margaret Island, around 1920. He wears suit pants and a waistcoat with shirt and bowtie. The dog is tied to a tree. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Sydney Pern with shotgun and freshly killed birds, c1910

This is a photograph of Dr Sydney Pern in front of a wooden shack, with a shotgun over his right arm and two freshly killed birds in his left hand. It was taken in around 1910 at St Margaret Island in Victoria. This image was collected as part of the Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006. It is a digital scan ...

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Woman hunting with dog, St Margaret Island, c1916

This black-and-white photograph shows Nancy Bodman in 'hunting gear' with a shotgun and her dog at St Margaret Island. It was collected as part of the museum's 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' project in 2006.