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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.


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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.


'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 ...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


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.


Downloading data from animal tags

This is a colour photograph of a scientist in a laboratory using a laptop computer to download data from electronic animal tags. To the right of the computer is a specialised communication box into which the electronic tag is placed. The scientist in the image is Dr Miles Lamare, a marine biologist involved in sea star ...


Harvesting New Zealand cockles

This is a colour photograph of two people collecting New Zealand cockles ('Austrovenus stutchburyi') in shallow sea water. The cockles are being dug by hand from a sand flat and placed into buckets. (Classification - Phylum: Mollusca; Class: Bivalvia; Order: Veneroida; Family Veneridae.)


Preserved colony of bryozoans

This image is a colour photograph of a preserved colony of bryozoans. Bryozoans are colonial carnivorous animals about 1 mm long and 0.25 mm wide that live in calcareous skeletons. The colony shown has a branching structure with many filament-like structures extending from the main branches, reminiscent of moss or coral.


Antarctic sea star

This image is a colour photograph of an Antarctic sea star feeding. A sea stars pushes its stomach out through its mouth, releases digestive enzymes and digests its prey. In this image, the yellowish sea star is held above a small tank and can be seen feeding.


A leopard seal on ice

This is a colour photograph of a leopard seal ('Hydrurga leptonyx') lying on an ice floe. The seal is long and sinuous, and has a small head and a dark grey dorsal surface with a lighter grey underbelly. The seal has recently eaten, and blood from its kill can be seen on the ice.

Interactive Resource

The virtual ecosystem

This interactive learning activity consists of a virtual ecosystem model that introduces the idea that all living things compete for food. Students can complete two game-like experiments to investigate the need an individual rabbit has for grass and then compare the needs of an individual rabbit to the needs of a population ...

Moving Image

My Place - Episode 25: Before Time: Bunda, Fishing

At the creek, Bunda's father tells him and his brother to catch a fish. Each uses a different method of fishing and Bunda's method of building a small dam proves to be the most successful. Their father is annoyed that they are not working together.

Moving Image

My Place - Episode 26: Before Time: Barangaroo, Yabbies

Barangaroo and Mung collect yabbies for the cook-off. When Barangaroo returns to the camp she finds that Mung has gone missing in Mumuga country, so she and her friends go searching for him.