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Recycling whole buildings

You probably recycle bottles, cans and paper at home, but imagine recycling whole buildings that have outlived their usefulness. Explore how doing this can save a huge amount of energy, prevent unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions and address landfill issues.

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Life without chemistry

Rebuild everyday products in a city. Test the properties of industrial materials. Choose materials suited to making items such as cars, buildings and clothing.


Workmen mixing concrete for roadworks in 1929

This is a 1929 black-and-white photograph showing six workmen building a section of Fairbairn Avenue, Duntroon, during the construction of Canberra. Four of the men are mixing concrete in a pile on the ground and two are standing talking and leaning on their shovels. Various planks are laid on the ground for use as wheelbarrow ...


Humespun concrete pipes, c1911 - asset 1

This is a black-and-white photograph taken soon after 1910, depicting a line of horse-and-cart teams, along with their drivers, lined up on an unpaved Queensland street. Each cart carries a large concrete pipe on which the words 'HUME PIPE' have been handpainted.


Humespun concrete pipes, c1911 - asset 2

This is a black-and-white photograph taken soon after 1910, depicting the centrifugal casting or spinning mould that was used to form the concrete pipes manufactured by Hume Bros Cement and Iron Company. The mould sits on two rollers that allow it to spin. A man standing at the end of the mould furthest away from the viewer ...


'Your house and mine', 1954 - asset 17

This is a clip from a 22-minute colour documentary made in Melbourne, Victoria in 1954 titled 'Your house and mine'. It shows people building houses, including a man laying bricks, a woman using a spade to mix concrete or mortar on a sheet of iron, a man sawing timber above a window frame and a man cutting timber with a ...


Construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1931: Asphalt and concrete

This clip shows the final stages in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1931 - the completion and sealing of the Bridge deck. The clip opens with the asphalt road surface being prepared. The next scene shows the appearance of the deck before concreting and asphalting, followed by scenes of concrete being made ...

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Digging up Earth's resources

Watch how resources are dug out of the ground and used in the construction of materials all around us. Discover how we rely on geology and the extraction of Earth's mineral and petrochemical products in our daily lives.