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Transporting cream on horseback at Dorrigo Plateau, c1911

This photographic negative shows two men on horseback transporting tins of cream. It was taken in the Dorrigo area of New South Wales by Kerry and Co between 1905 and 1917. The men and horses are on a dirt track surrounded by bushes, tall stands of trees and birdsnest ferns. The caption, studio number and studio mark are ...

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'Founding a Dairy Farm', 1884-1917

This full plate glass negative entitled 'Founding a Dairy Farm' was takenby Sydney photographic studio Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format depicts cattle in a field which is in the process of being fenced. The caption, studio number and studio ...

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Sheep ready for shearing, Swan Hill, 1959

This is a black-and-white image depicting four men herding a group of sheep into a shearing pen on a Swan Hill farm. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 103 mm x height: 100 mm.

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Three men on horseback, droving sheep with dogs, c1910

This is a photograph showing Dr Sydney Pern and John Joseph 'JJ' O'Connor droving sheep with another man in the Gippsland hills, around 1910. The image was collected as part of the Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006. It is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Cattle swimming to St Margaret Island, c1910

This black-and-white photograph shows cattle swimming in a line towards St Margaret Island. It was taken in about 1910. What appears to be a fenced wooden walkway runs through the water from the mainland to the island, onto which a few of the cattle are climbing. Post-and-rail fencing runs across the island from its edge. ...

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Outback House - many ways of working on a station

Imagine leaving your home to take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work as a real station would have in the 1860s. Join the Allcourt children who did this, as they spend their first day of learning with the new governess. Discover how well the sheep wash, built by the ...

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Unloading milk cans on the river dock in 1933

This is silent footage from a 1933 documentary entitled 'The castle, Clarence River and Mount Ogilvie'. The footage shows a group of men unloading milk cans onto a dock on the Clarence River in New South Wales and placing them on a conveyor belt that is carrying the milk cans further up the river bank to a butter factory.

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Dairy student, Colombo Plan, 1968

This is a black-and-white photograph of two men at a mechanised feeding trough with three calves. The image is titled, 'Mohammed Daub bin K Otham (Malaysian Colombo Plan student) learns to handle modern calf-feeding equipment under direction of Mr Neville Hanke'. The student looks on as Mr Hanke manoeuvres a calf into position ...

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The post-war wool boom, 1947

'The post-war wool boom' is an excerpt from the film 'Men and Mobs' (20 min), produced in 1947. Sheep and the Australian economy cannot be separated. 'Men and Mobs' relates the growth of Australia's flocks, starting with the few Spanish merinos that John Macarthur mated to the progeny of Indian sheep brought out by founder ...

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Envirostories: my life on a sheep farm

This is an ebook about sheep and wool production on an Australian sheep farm near Euchareena in New South Wales. Intended for a mid to upper primary school audience, the book was written by Alan Wykes, a sheep farmer's son who was a year 6 student at a local school in 2012. It includes information on the farm's Merino rams; ...

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Discover dairy: from farm to plate

This is a multilayered unit of work for teachers about dairy farming in Australia. There are ten main sections, listed under the heading 'From farm to plate'. The resource includes information, images and learning activities about dairy farms, dairy cows, milk processing, dairy foods and the history of dairy farming. There ...

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Farming through history: Science and sustainability Years 3-4

This study guide looks at the historical context of cattle and sheep farming in Australia and how farming, environment and community interact in remote and urban Australia. Students will learn how cattle and sheep production has developed from the time of the early settlers to the 21st century. They will build an understanding ...

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A Big Country - The Drover, 1981: The long paddock

This clip shows drover Jack Tawney on horseback as he and another drover move a large mob of sheep along a travelling stock route in the Australian outback. Music accompanies Tawney's voice-over in the opening scene of drovers at work. Tawney is interviewed by ABC reporter Stewart McLennan (not shown on camera) while casually ...

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On the farm - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the characteristics of farm animals so they can begin to write descriptive text. This unit is particularly aimed at ESL (NESB) students and those who have limited experience of the world beyond their immediate lives. Students have regular opportunities to listen to and use correct ...

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Cattle at Murray Bridge

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of cattle, part of a 5-minute film entitled 'Lower reaches of the River Murray' about dairying in the Murray Bridge region of South Australia in the 1920s. It shows a segment entitled 'Shorthorn bulls of fine quality.' with several bulls in a bare field, one snorting and stamping, ...

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'Has your kitchen gone to war?'

This is a black-and-white poster entitled 'HAS YOUR KITCHEN GONE TO WAR?' and with a message in bold print at the bottom, 'BUY LAMB and help to win the War in your Kitchen'. The text is a message from the Commonwealth Government, urging the Australian housewife to buy surplus lamb in order to reserve beef for export to ...

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Judging cattle at Korumburra in 1921

This is an excerpt from a six-minute silent documentary dating from 1921 and entitled 'Korumburra, South Gippsland, Vic'. It begins with the intertitle 'Judging the Ayrshires.' It then shows men walking Ayrshire dairy cattle past judges in a field at an agricultural show. The prize-winning cow is seen at the end of the excerpt.

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A sheepdog trial in 1945

This is a 1945 black-and-white photograph showing a sheepdog 'eyeing' six sheep in a pen as part of an event in a sheepdog trial.

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Department of Commerce poster, 1942

This is a black-and-white poster from the Second World War encouraging readers to serve Australian lamb, bacon, apples and pears, dairy produce and wine at their dinner tables to support the war effort. The poster was issued by the Department of Commerce, and produced by the Commonwealth Advertising Division in 1942. The ...

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A Geraldton homestead in 1929

This is an excerpt from a 6-minute silent documentary entitled 'The new nor' west', filmed in 1929. The opening intertitle reads 'A stately homestead nestling benignly on the bosom of this fertile domain'. The first scene shows two women and three men in the grounds of the Newmarracarra homestead near Geraldton, Western ...