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Listed under:  Economics and business  >  Economy  >  Consumption

Department of Commerce poster, 1942

This is a black-and-white poster from the Second World War encouraging readers to serve Australian lamb, bacon, apples and pears, dairy produce and wine at their dinner tables to support the war effort. The poster was issued by the Department of Commerce, and produced by the Commonwealth Advertising Division in 1942. The ...


Choice: groceries

This is a web page providing reviews of various grocery products and results of taste comparison tests. It covers sausages, bread, liquid breakfasts, breakfast cereals, Christmas puddings, cake mix, frozen fish and salad dressing as well as looking at Stevia sugar substitute and the major steps beef goes through from the ...


Choice: nutrition

This is a web page providing reviews of various food products and supplements in terms of nutrition, covering frozen yoghurt, supermarket diet foods and fast food including vegetarian fast food. It also looks at omega-3 supplements, probiotics, protein supplements and beneficial foods - blueberries, fish, ginger and chilli, ...


Sustainable table: meet your meat

This is a website about the environmental and animal welfare issues related to the consumption of meat. It contains sections on the amount of meat we eat; the environmental impacts of consuming meat; cattle, chicken, egg-laying-hen and pig-farming factories; and what can be done to improve the current state of the meat ...


Nest highchair and prototype pieces, 2002-04

This is a Nest highchair and Nest prototype pieces, manufactured from plastic and metal by Bug Design, New South Wales, sometime between 2002 and 2004. The chair has a rotation-moulded orange polyethylene scooped-out half-shell seat. A detachable tray is supported on a column. There is also a circular pedestal base of powder-coated ...


Chairs and table made from vine, 1880-90

This is a 'rustic furniture' setting of four chairs and a small table made from various thicknesses of dark woody vine by Edward Martin, probably at Woonona, New South Wales. The vines have retained their natural twisted and gnarled features. Each piece of furniture uses thicker pieces of vine for the legs and back ends. ...


Male retail employees serving customers at a hardware store, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting a group of male retail workers serving customers at the counter of a hardware store. Various goods are displayed around the store, including cookware, gardening equipment and basketry. At left is a man behind a large wooden counter who appears to be serving ...


Gas and Fuel Corporation window display, 1972

This is a colour image from the original negative depicting a display window at the Gas and Fuel showrooms promoting a range of Malleys 'Envoy' gas stoves. A mannequin is at the centre of the display, with a giant briefcase forming the backdrop. The image is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs ...


Lend-lease food for the USSR, 1943

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the ingredients used in canned pork supplied to the USSR by the USA under the lend-lease program during World War II. The photograph is in the collection of the US Library of Congress and its caption reads: 'Cincinnati, Ohio. Preparing canned pork (Russian: "svinaia tushonka") ...

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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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Timor-Leste: feeding the hungry

It is often hard for a developing country to grow enough food to feed its population. In this clip you'll see the challenges encountered by the growing nation of Timor-Leste (East Timor). Listen to an AusAID organiser and the East Timorese president describe the importance of food, and the heartbreak of a hungry nation.

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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.


Breville 800-class citrus press, 2004

This is a Breville 800-class citrus press that was manufactured in China from plastic, steel and die-cast zinc. The citrus press features two stainless-steel pulp filters (coarse and fine), a juicing cone and a juice collector. The device also has a 'drip stop' spout and a fruit dome, which ejects from the handle for cleaning. ...


Breville 800-class espresso machine, 2003-04

This is a stainless-steel and die-cast metal espresso coffee machine. The machine was manufactured by Breville in China between 2003 and 2004, and features a detachable drainer grille and an internal plastic water tank. It is accompanied by a filter holder (portafilter) and two filter baskets, a plastic combined spoon and ...


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 ...


Product catalogue for household appliances, Chandler's hardware stores, c1955

This is a colour brochure promoting household appliances sold by Chandler's hardware stores in Melbourne and regional Victoria. The five-fold brochure is in yellow, blue and white. The dimensions of the unfolded brochure are: width 470 mm, height 650 mm, page size 240 mm x 200 mm.

Teacher resource

The power of food

This is a compilation of three teaching sequences about food security. It includes sections on countries and their levels of food security and insecurity, hunger worldwide, programs working to improve food security, and approaches to food security. It introduces this important global issue and provides source material, ...


Choice: drinks

This is a web page providing reviews of beverages, the results of a taste test of different coffee products, a comparison between supermarket brand milks and branded products and an investigation of drink bottle recycling. It covers bottled water, milk, coffee capsules, smoothies and frappes, coconut water, milk alternatives ...


Sustainable table: fishy business

This is a website about the key issues affecting the world seafood industry, with a particular focus on the development of a more sustainable one. There are sections on the current industry; 'more' and 'less' sustainable species; consumer behaviour; the key issues; suggestions to achieve a sustainable seafood industry; ...

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Rice and aquaculture in Vietnam

This is a video about small-scale farming in Vietnam. It includes the issues surrounding food production in Vietnam and two case studies of farming families. One case study is about a family in northern Vietnam that produces rice, fruit and some dairy to meet their own survival needs. The second case study is about a family ...