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Horsedrawn stripper harvesters, c1884-1914

This black-and-white photograph shows teams of horsedrawn stripper harvesters in a large unharvested wheat field. The Nicholson and Morrow stripper harvester in the centre of the image is harnessed to four horses and controlled by a driver sitting directly behind them. Similar stripper harvesters can be seen nearby. All ...

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Wagon loaded with wheat, 1880-1900

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, attributed to George Bell and produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows a horsedrawn wagon at Narromine railway station, fully loaded with bags of wheat. The cart is harnessed to ten horses. Two men face each other ...

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Where does bread come from?

Do you know where your bread comes from? Discover how many other foods can be made from wheat flour. This clip tells the story of wheat from the farm to the factory. See how the big machines in a flour mill make flour from grains of wheat.

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How does rice get to the supermarket?

Do you like brown rice or white rice? Do you know why they look different? This clip shows how rice grains from the farm are cleaned, milled and packed into bags. Discover how many different foods can be made from rice.

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Researchers find grain's memory gene

This brief ABC News in Science article from 2009 gives an excellent example of responses of plants to temperature change and current Australian science. Plants use a genetic memory to recognise when it is spring and can even count the number of cold days.

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Growing rice

What is your favourite way to eat rice? This clip shows how rice is planted, grown and harvested in many different countries (places in the world). View the different foods made with rice.

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Tough times in the wheatbelt

Just north of Dubbo in New South Wales lies a town called Walgett, a rural town that relies on wheat farming. This clip reveals the effects of prolonged drought, showing how the community of Walgett was suffering in 2003. While things looked grim, find out what one good season could do.

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From Paddock to Plate

Discover where our food comes from and how it gets to our table. Explore farming practices and the processes involved in producing familiar food products. Use video clips to investigate the biological needs of food crops and farm animals. Explore the diversity of foods that may be produced from a range of agricultural produce.

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Rice growing in Australia

This is an excerpt from a 1927 silent documentary entitled 'Rice growing in Australia'. It begins with two long intertitles: 'Up to 1925, Australia produced very little rice. The bulk of her yearly requirements, totalling nearly 23,000 tons, was imported', followed by 'Experiments carried out in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation ...

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Holidays in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Canton, Java, c1932: Java

This clip from a silent black-and-white home movie shows footage taken by a tourist, Robert Minter, in a village in Java in the early 1930s. The clip shows different tasks associated with growing and processing rice: men toss rice from side to side in a long sack; a group of women and children pose in front of tables with ...

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Growing wheat in 19th- and 20th-century Australia

This collection of 15 digital curriculum resources focuses on the work involved in growing wheat in 19th- and 20th-century Australia. It contains five sections - clearing land; ploughing and sowing; harvesting; the Sunshine harvester; and the effect of drought. The collection includes photographs, images of machinery and ...

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Germinating corn seed showing root hairs

The corn seed in this photograph is starting its germination process. At this early stage the yellow seed is only growing a main root. From this root thousands of fine root hairs are sprouting.

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Ploughing for wheat and harvesting

This is an excerpt from an Australian silent documentary about wheat farming near Aldinga in South Australia. It shows ploughing and harvesting, using horse-drawn and motorised farm equipment.

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Making hay using tractors

This is an excerpt from an Australian silent documentary about wheat farming near Aldinga in South Australia. The film uses wheat farming to highlight the changing farming methods of South Australia's staple agricultural industry as tractors become more commonplace. It shows men gathering sheaves that a tractor-drawn harvester ...

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The port of Geraldton

This is an excerpt from a 6-minute silent documentary entitled 'The new nor' west', showing the port of Geraldton, Western Australia. It was filmed in 1929. The excerpt opens with an intertitle, which reads 'The Port is young but the district's rich yield of wool and wheat attracts the maritime envoys of overseas trade'. ...

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Storing the harvester, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows a 'Sunshine' stripper-harvester, with the name 'Hugh V. McKay' inscribed on it, being moved by two men and three young boys into storage in a hay shed. A young girl is sitting ...

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Sunshine header harvester

This is a coloured graphic depicting the harvester comb of a Sunshine header harvester, a device invented by Headley Shipard Taylor (1883-1957) and patented in 1913. It shows the dark, jagged comb that separates grain stalks prior to cutting off their heads. Two dark bands attach the comb to the rest of the harvester, which ...

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Wheat farming in 'The golden west', 1929

This is an excerpt from the short film 'The golden west', made in 1929 to commemorate the centenary of British settlement of Western Australia. The excerpt begins with an elaborate intertitle on which are overlaid the words: 'Every year additional / thousands of acres are / brought under cultivation.' The excerpt contains ...

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Filming 'The Valley is Ours', 1948 - part 1 of 2

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1948 during the filming of a documentary about the Murray River and the valley it supports. Distinguished documentary filmmaker John Heyer is pulling cinematographer Reg Pearse on a dolly along primitive tracks. They are pulling back on a close-up of wheat in a field.

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Balinese harvesting rice, 1996

This is a colour photograph of a group of people harvesting wet rice on the Indonesian island of Bali, with Mt Batukau in the background. Their heavy clothing protects them from the sun, insects and dust. They are wearing both traditional and modern items of apparel, and all have some form of head covering.