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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 6

This is a clip from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'Now thoroughly cleaned, the teapot receives its first coat of pure silver by being dipped in a "Striking Bath" containing liquid silver.' A worker wearing ...


Operating overhead cranes at a textile factory, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting a group of male workers at a textile factory. They are operating overhead travelling cranes to lift racks containing spools of thread in and out of large metal dyeing vats. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its ...

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Dyeing to bring new life to old fabric

Kate Fletcher works with used clothing and fabrics to create sustainable clothes. She cares about how things are made. She also loves to help people find their own individual style, a style not based on fashion. Have a look at some of her designs.

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Dyeing with red cabbage!

Many natural products, such as red cabbage and turmeric, can be used as a natural source of colour to dye fibres. Watch the dyeing demonstration in this clip to see how. Discover the chemistry of natural dyes, including the bonding properties of different pigments and how acid-base reactions can alter the colour of pH-sensitive ...

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Electrolytic cells: electroplating

Find out about electroplating cells. Explore the design of a typical cell. Discover the purpose of the various stages in commercial chrome-plating. Observe the physical and particle processes in an operating chrome-plating cell and deduce the half-equations for the anode and cathode reactions. Apply this knowledge to select ...


'The Bali ten & eleven' cartoon by Matt Golding, 2006

This is a red-and-white wash cartoon by Matt Golding that comments on the case of the 'Bali nine', who are nine Australians arrested for heroin smuggling in Bali in April 2005. It shows two people crouched in a Melbourne alleyway, one illuminated in white about to inject heroin, the other assisting. A caption, 'The Bali ...


Kingsford Smith lands in Brisbane - asset 2

This is a silent black-and-white film clip from a newsreel of Charles Kingsford Smith's arrival at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, after his record-breaking 12-day flight from England in 1930 in the 'Southern Cross Junior' biplane. It shows Kingsford Smith climbing out of the cockpit, surrounded by journalists, smoking a ...


Bob Hawke at a Canberra 'dismissal' rally, 1975 - asset 2

This is a black-and-white photograph of Bob Hawke, then President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and National President of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), speaking at a rally to protest the dismissal of the Whitlam government by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr.


John Curtin meets the Canberra Press Gallery, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph of Prime Minister John Curtin (seated) in his office at Parliament House, Canberra, meeting with members of the Canberra Press Gallery (which was known as 'The Circus') in 1945.


Archibald Sanderson, 1895

This is a black-and-white photograph of Archibald Sanderson equipped for his trip to Coolgardie, Western Australia, in 1895. It is a studio portrait, with Sanderson dressed in a shirt, bow tie, waistcoat and jacket. He is also wearing what appears to be a pith helmet with an attached net. He has a waterbag on the crossbar ...


'A shining example', 1920 - asset 4

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' The excerpt begins with a silverware salesman and two customers visiting a factory that produces electroplated silverware. They are greeted at the front door of a brick building, with all three ...


'A shining example', 1920 - asset 5

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films Pty Ltd titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'Remarkable mechanical advances in the manufacture of Electro-Plated Silverware enable the body of the teapot to be accurately shaped by a 10 ...

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Global workplace: journalist

Find out whether you are suited to working in another country as a journalist. Identify your job and lifestyle preferences. Compare your preferences with working conditions and cultural environments in other countries. For example, working hours for journalists are longer in some countries than others. Explore which factors ...


Michael Atchison describes work as a political cartoonist, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Michael Atchison (1933-), talking about his work before his recent retirement as chief political cartoonist for the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide. He describes the process of getting a 'feel' for the main political news of the day, then choosing the topic of each cartoon. He also ...

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Video glossary: art terms in action

This resource focuses on defining common art terms that relate to Abstract Expressionism and to painting in general through video demonstrations that show each of the terms demonstrated by an artist at work in their studio. It presents six different art terms including Paint, Viscosity, Palette knife, Emulsion, Enamel, ...