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National treasures, 2004: Endeavour journal

'Endeavour journal' is an episode of the series 'National treasures', produced in 2004. In the episode Warren Brown examines the 743-page journal that James Cook wrote on board the Endeavour during his voyage to Australia in 1770. Brown highlights an entry in which Cook had named a section of water 'Stingray's Harbour' ...

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National treasures, 2004: Gallipoli boat

'Gallipoli boat' is an episode of the series 'National treasures' produced in 2004. The episode features Lifeboat 6, a small lifeboat that was retrieved from Gallipoli five years after it had landed at Anzac Cove. The boat is now held at the Australian War Memorial. Warren Brown describes the difficult conditions on the ...

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Brass candlestick

This is a tapering, goblet-shaped brass candlestick with a design engraved around the top. It was brought to Australia by an Italian migrant, Filomena Cantone, but its date of manufacture is unknown. The candlestick is intact structurally, but is badly tarnished. It is 21 cm high.

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'Tattooed lady', 1974

This is a painted clay sculpture made in 1974 by Bert Flugelman (1923-). Measuring 116 cm x 84 cm x 46 cm, the work is in the shape a figure of a nude woman standing with her hands on her hips and staring straight ahead. The figure is truncated just above the knees and at the upper part of the head. The proportions of the ...

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Tibetan ceremonial bell, 18th century

This is a brass Tibetan ceremonial bell known as a 'drilbu'. It was made in Tibet between 1700 and 1800. The body of the bell features ornate decoration, a tall handle with a circular hollow middle, a face on one side and a crowned top. Inside the bell a metal loop holds a long rusted metal clapper.

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City of Melbourne coat of arms medallion from the Eastern Market, 1879

This is a cast-iron medallion of the coat of arms or emblem of the City of Melbourne. This medallion came from the council's Eastern Market, which was opened at the corner of Bourke and Exhibition streets in December 1879. The coat of arms medallion was repeated in the spandrel panels of the cast-iron columns of the market ...

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Australian flag hoisted in Antarctica by Phillip Law, 1958-66

This is the Australian flag hoisted by the director of the Antarctic Division Phillip Law upon new landings in Antarctica. The place and year of each landing are inscribed on the flag's border. The flag measures 177 cm x 89 cm.

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Goat or sheep knucklebones used as children's toys, c1880

This is a set of eight astragali, or anklebones, from the hindquarters of goats or sheep. They date from about 1880 and may have been used by children to play knucklebones or 'jacks'. They were excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003.

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Bronze key, c1880

This incomplete bronze key for a valve was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It would have been in use in about 1880.

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Banner - Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch, 1915

This is a large double-sided trade union banner made by W G Dunstan for the Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch. It consists of a single piece of unprimed canvas, with images painted in oils on both sides. The banner has a red fringe on the bottom and hangs from a metal rod attached ...

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Banner - Operative Painters and Decorators of Australasia, South Australian Branch

This is a painted canvas banner created for the Operative Painters and Decorators of Australasia, South Australian Branch. The banner depicts the female form of Justice, blindfolded and holding balance scales in her left hand while her right hand holds a sword pointing to the ground. Underneath her is written in black outline ...

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Banner - Manufacturing Grocers' Employees' Industrial Union of Victoria, c1911

This is a two-sided banner that was created for the Manufacturing Grocers Employees Industrial Union of Victoria. The banner is painted on both sides with a border of gold and dark blue in the centre. On one side is painted: 'MANUFACTURING / GROCERS / EMPLOYES (sic) / INDUSTRIAL UNION / OF / VICTORIA'. The other side reads: ...

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Banner - Bakers' Carters' Association, South Australian Branch, 1912

This is a two-sided banner painted by Nelson Wood for the Bakers' Carters' Association, South Australian Branch. The first side depicts different types of bread painted on a red background. Underneath the picture is painted in blue lettering 'THE STAFF OF LIFE'. Above and below the bread, 'S . A / BAKERS' / CARTERS' / ASSOCIATION' ...

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Banner of the Australian Tramway Employees Association, Victorian Branch, 1916

This is a double-sided painted canvas banner, made by George Grant. On one side are representations of two uniformed members holding the Association’s emblem aloft, beneath which the Brunswick tram and Municipal tramway are depicted in four separate images. 'THE AUSTRALIAN TRAMWAYS EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION / VICTORIAN BRANCH' ...

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Banner of the Australian Railways Union, Victorian Branch, c1911

This is a double-sided painted canvas banner made by John Hennessey of Carlton, Victoria. The banner is in a worn condition. On the first side is a central image of a steam train surrounded by images of men and allegorical male figures performing tasks done by union members. Near the top of the banner is painted 'AUSTRALIAN ...

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Banner of the Australian Boot Trade Employees Federation, Ballarat Branch, c1905

This is a double-sided painted canvas banner made by Fred Spielvogel for the Australian Boot Trade Employees Federation, Ballarat Branch. The first side has at its centre images of two men with machines associated with bootmaking. On scrolls above and below them is painted 'AUSTRALIAN BOOT TRADE / FEDERATION / BALLARAT ...

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Banner of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, Blacksmiths, Fitters, Patternmakers, Turners and Machinists, Ballarat Branch, 1890

This is a painted canvas banner made by Kift and Smith. The banner has a scene of mountains and a lake over a pale blue background. On the left is a steam engine and superimposed on the right, a large engine. In the centre, within a shield shape, is a scene of a lake and mountains and the Canadian, Australian and US flags. ...

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Mahony Kiely and Anna Cordingly talking about the possum skin cloaks worn in the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, 2006

This is a video about the designs for banners used in 'My skin my life', part of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. The community and programs coordinator, Mahony Kiely, and designer Anna Cordingley talk about the origins of the designs and how they were adapted for the banners. Short excerpts show ...

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Banner extension for Women on Farms Gatherings in Victoria, from 2005

This is a banner extension for the Women on Farms Gathering perpetual banner, made for Gatherings held in Victoria from 2005. Patches are created and sewn to the banner by members of each new Gathering committee or by people from their community. The banner extension measures 238.0 cm (height) x 49.6 cm (width).

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Banner for Women on Farms Gatherings in Victoria, 1990-2004

This is the Women on Farms Gathering perpetual banner, displaying 15 patches that illustrate Women on Farms Gatherings in Victoria from 1990 to 2004. The banner includes patches from Warragul (1990), Sea Lake (1991), Numurkah (1992), Tallangatta (1993), Glenormiston (1994), Swan Hill (1995), Ararat (1996), Bendigo (1997), ...