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'Be a water saver' magnetic promotional card, 2003

This is a magnetic card promoting domestic water conservation. It was published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. The card is circular with a smaller arrow in the centre, which moves to point at six different ways to save water within the home and the litres of water that can be saved. The card ...


Changing technology for washing and cleaning

This is a collection of 15 digital curriculum resources focusing on changes in technology for washing and cleaning in the home since the 1890s. The collection is organised into two categories - doing the washing; and vacuuming. It includes photographs, an advertising brochure and a multimedia resource suitable for lower ...


Rinso washing powder - A Bachelor Gray, c1943: The wonders of Rinso

This narrated clip shows a humorous, animated cinema advertisement for Rinso washing powder in which a series of cartoons is used to describe a bachelor, Henry, who is 'a bit of a fusspot' and a 'natty dresser' but is unable to do his washing. When his 'lady help' criticises his efforts, he 'sees red' and tells her to do ...


Oates 'All Australian Mop Bucket', 1991

This an 'All Australian Mop Bucket', manufactured from grey plastic by E D Oates Pty Ltd, Australia. The bucket is rectangular with straight sides, rounded corners, a wide flanged rim and a recessed handle incorporated into the base at one end to facilitate the pouring of used water. The carrying handle is coloured fluorescent ...


Madge Colegrave doing the dishes, Ferntree Gully, 1973

This colour photograph features Madge Colegrave doing the dishes at the kitchen sink in a relative's home at Ferntree Gully in 1973. The photograph was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006.


'Easy ways to be a water saver' brochure, 2003

This is a brochure promoting water conservation, published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The blue-and-white cover includes the title - 'Easy ways to be a water saver', a background design showing water rippling, and the Victorian Government's 'Our water our future' logo. ...


'Watersmart: garden and homes rebate scheme' brochure, 2003

This is a colour brochure promoting domestic water conservation in gardens and homes. It was published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The cover shows a man selecting a water-efficient showerhead, and a woman in the background also looking at showerheads. Text on the cover ...

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Forensic science: fingerprints

Look closely at the structure of fingerprints, including the main types of ridge patterns and interconnecting lines. See how fingerprints are collected by police. Follow instructions to make your own set of fingerprints. Find out how fingerprints at crime scenes are compared with records to identify suspects. Compare fingerprints ...


Cleaning the bails after milking

This is a small (82 mm x 58 mm) black-and-white photograph showing two members of the Australian Women's Land Army, Betty Campbell (now Horne, left) and Joyce Harrison, cleaning out the bails after milking at Green Lawn Dairy near Bathurst, New South Wales, in 1943 or 1944 during the Second World War. The photograph was ...


Migrant hostel laundry, 1975

This is a colour photograph taken on 2 July 1975 of an unidentified woman from the former Yugoslavia washing clothes by hand in a stainless steel sink in the communal laundry room of the Midway migrant hostel in the western Melbourne suburb of Maidstone. In the foreground is a large gas-fired 'copper' used for boiling washing.


Electrolux vacuum cleaner demonstration, c1932

This is a black-and-white photograph of a woman cleaning a rug using a vacuum cleaner. The photograph was taken by New Zealand photographer Gordon Burt (1893-1968) in 1932-33. It measures 25 cm x 19.1 cm.


Washing clothes in an iron tub, c1890s

This is a black-and-white photograph made from a glass negative. It shows a woman washing clothes by hand in a galvanised iron tub outdoors, beside a high fence made from sheets of galvanised iron. A cane laundry basket and washed clothes hanging on a clothes line can be seen.


Fitzroy terrace backyards, 1967

This is a black-and-white photograph of a row of two-storey terrace houses, seen from the rear. There are three identical stone houses, joined by common walls. Each house is small and has a compact back yard, one of which has a shed or outhouse at the rear. Another house has an extension made from more modern materials. ...


Washing wool, 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 three men, at least two of them Chinese, scouring (washing) wool fleeces in a large vat of water, probably in New South Wales in 1895. They are being watched by two boys. The ...


On the staff, c1944-45

This is a small (8.2 cm x 5.8 cm) black-and-white photograph showing Betty Campbell (1924-), a Deputy Matron in the Australian Women's Land Army, filling the wood-burning copper at the Land Army accommodation at Saltwater Creek, near Bathurst in New South Wales, in the summer of 1944-45. The photograph was taken with Campbell's ...


Hills clothes hoists, 1988

This is a colour photograph of suburban backyards in Australia taken in 1988. It shows a row of small yards divided by wooden fences and, on the right, the backs of three identical joined houses. There is a Hills clothes hoist in the centre of each yard. Outside toilets can be seen at the ends of the yards on the left. ...


Hoover vacuum cleaner model 60, c1940s

This is a black-and-white advertisement showing the Hoover vacuum cleaner model 60 from the 1940s.


Advertisement for the new Hoover convertible vacuum cleaner, c1950s

This is a colour magazine advertisement from the 1950s showing and describing the qualities of the new Hoover convertible vacuum cleaner. It shows the streamlined beater and suction base of the cleaner in colour. The advertisement also shows a housewife using the vacuum cleaner and demonstrating its convertible features.


Dandy starch advertisement, c1910

This is a segment from a film compilation, made by the National Film and Sound Archive, of a series of silent black-and-white advertisements, most of them from about 1910. It is a promotion for Dandy starch, which opens with a picture of a woman wearing a crinoline and holding a packet of the starch, shown against a black ...


Rinso: 'Then came happiness', 1931 - asset 1

This is the opening sequence of a black-and-white 'talkies' advertisement featuring Rinso soap powder. It was made in 1931 and follows the form of a domestic drama in which the life of a worn-out housewife is transformed by a new washing powder. The segment begins with a title screen: 'Then Came Happiness. Hawkins Film ...