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Listed under:  Science  >  Earth and space  >  Landforms  >  Coasts

Ranelagh Beach, 1970

This is a 1970 colour photograph of Ranelagh Beach on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. It shows a number of people walking along the beach and others sitting on the beach. A number of boathouses line the beach at the base of sand dunes.


Natural rock arch formation, Sorrento, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken on acetate film, of a natural rock arch formation at Sorrento Back Beach on the Bass Strait side of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. The photograph has been taken at low tide, looking through the arch of weathered rock towards the ocean. Some sparse vegetation is growing on ...


'Pounding seas bring novelty in their wake', 1950 - asset 1

This is a clip from silent footage prepared as part of the production process of a segment to be included in the 30 June 1950 weekly episode of Movietone News, a black-and-white newsreel. The clip begins with the title screen 'NEWPORT, N.S.W. / POUNDING SEAS BRING NOVELTY IN THEIR WAKE / MOVIETONE NEWS'. Sets of waves are ...


Wollongong, c1890

This is a full plate glass negative entitled 'Wollongong', by Kerry and Co, Sydney. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format, taken between 1884 and 1917, depicts Wollongong wharf in Wollongong, New South Wales. A rail system for coal skips is in thecentre foreground of the image, and there are fully ...


'Darling Harbour', 1884-1917

This full plate glass negative entitled 'Darling Harbour' was taken by Sydney photographic studio Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format depicts boats moored in Darling Harbour and rail infrastructure. The caption, studio number and studio mark are ...


Silver snuff box, 1835

This is a large silver snuff box attributed to Joseph Forrester (1805-?) of Hobart, Tasmania. The hinged cover is embossed with a scene of Sydney Harbour, showing stacked bales of wool, two barrels and a three-masted ship at a wharf on the left and a paddle steamer on the water in the centre. In the foreground are grasses, ...


Photograph of people on Balmoral Beach, 1921

This is a small black-and-white photograph of ten adults and children posing onSydney's Balmoral Beach in 1921. Loretta (Laurie) Quirk is second from right wearing a neck-to-knee bathing suit.


Shark teeth

This is an information sheet about different types of fossil shark teeth that are occasionally found on Victorian beaches. It is also available as a one-page pdf file for download.


John Ellerbock smoking cigarette on boat, with family, Mordialloc, 1960

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Ellerbock family on a boat at Mordialloc. John Ellerbock is smoking a cigarette while surrounded by his children Ingrid, Herb, Anna and John Jr. The photograph was taken in 1960. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.


Family sitting on beach by shade tent, 1964

This is a colour photograph of the Winstone family sitting on the beach at Dromana in 1964, with a striped shade tent. From left to right are Kaye, Jeff, Neil, Hazel (the mother) and Susan. They are wearing swimming costumes. Peter, the father, took the photograph. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.


Akhurst and Kitz families picnicking at Red Bluff, Point Ormond, 1897

This is a black-and-white or sepia photograph featuring the Akhurst and Kitz families at Red Bluff, Point Ormond, at Elwood in 1897. The Akhurst and Kitz families were very close at this time. From left to right we see, in the foreground: Alice Akhurst, probably Paul Kitz jnr, Sidney Akhurst, Frida Akhurst, Beatrice Akhurst, ...


Cornish family at Dromana beach with parasols, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph featuring the Cornish family at the beach in Dromana in 1927. The nine adults and nine children in this group are dressed in bathing costumes, and many wear bathing caps. Three large parasols (light sun umbrellas) are being held by women at the back of the group. A long pier is visible ...


Christine and Stephen Kendall sitting in camping chairs, Phillip Island, 1973

This is a scan of an original black-and-white photograph taken at Phillip Island in February 1973l. It shows Christine Kendall and Stephen Kendall relaxing in chairs outside their aunt Glenys Gregg's caravan annexe, drinking soft drinks. This photograph was collected as part of Melbourne's Biggest Family Album in 2006.


Patricia Von Sonnewald with her dogs beside the family car at Black Rock, 1946

This is a sepia photograph of Patricia Von Sonnewald, beside the family car, with her English setter dogs at Black Rock beach, Melbourne, in 1946.


Children at the beach with a wooden surf ski, 1972

This is a black-and-white photograph featuring some of the Liddell family - Shane, Craig, Bernadette and Maree - and their cousin Mary Wade in the shallows at Carrum Beach, Melbourne in 1972. Four of the children stand behind a wooden surf ski in the shallow sea water. The youngest child sits on the surf ski and holds up ...


Harbour swimming, Manly, 1960

This is a colour photograph depicting young children diving off a special apparatus at Manly Beach. The photograph was taken by Bill Brindle, who worked for the Australian News and Information Bureau. It is part of an online showcase called 'Summers Past'. Information about this particular item can be located in its educational ...

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Measuring our coastline

How long is the Australian coastline? See Dr Derek Muller and Simon Pampena discussing the perimeter of the Australian coastline. Find out how the accuracy of that measurement depends on the length of the 'measuring stick' used. They discuss how a coastline is much like a fractal such as 'Koch's Snowflake'!


Marine and shipping photo library

This is a library of photographic images of Australian marine and coastal environments. The library contains a wide range of images tagged and searchable by categories including: Australian state and territory, type of organism, major habitats and ships. The collection is periodically updated with new images.

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Spectacular landforms shaped by erosion

Take a trip around the English coastline. In each location, the erosive power of the wind and the waves is obvious. But it's differences in the underlying geology that account for the diverse range of landforms that you are about to see.

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Navigating the waterways of literature

Have you read The Wind in the Willows? Author Kenneth Grahame describes a river as 'a babbling procession of the best stories in the world sent from the heart of the Earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.' Listen as four British authors reflect on the changeable nature of water and the difficulties they experience ...