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First World War diary - Driver Claude Ewart, 18 Nov 1915 - 14 Dec 1915

This is the maroon-covered diary kept by Driver C H Ewart, 10th Battery, 4th FAB (Field Artillery Brigade), AIF (Australian Imperial Force), from 18 November to 14 December 1915. The diary is recorded in two notebooks, of which this is the first. It is part of the Military Memorabilia Collection at Museum Victoria. The ...

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Mrs Pexton's diary on board the convict transport Pilot, 1816

Mrs Pexton travelled on board the convict transport ship Pilot. As the captain's wife, her diary provides an insightful account of the seven-month journey from Ireland to Sydney and back to England from an unusual perspective. It includes substantial anecdotal accounts of life on the ship, aspects of the voyage and the ...

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National treasures, 2004: Endeavour journal

'Endeavour journal' is an episode of the series 'National treasures', produced in 2004. In the episode Warren Brown examines the 743-page journal that James Cook wrote on board the Endeavour during his voyage to Australia in 1770. Brown highlights an entry in which Cook had named a section of water 'Stingray's Harbour' ...

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Writing a scientist's journal

Imagine you are a scientist who discovered a prehistoric animal in one of Australia's harshest environments. This is what happened to Dr Nick Murphy, an evolutionary biologist from La Trobe University. He was very excited to discover several new species of crustaceans living in desert springs near Lake Eyre. Learn about ...

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Create a soil environment [no spoken instructions]

Grow flowers or vegetables in a garden bed. Compare results when adding things such as water, organic matter, digging tools and earthworms.

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The Circle: the journey

Trace a two-week journey from Hobart to Antarctica aboard an icebreaker. Look at daily weather summaries and diary entries. Read descriptions of storms, pack ice and 24-hour daylight. This learning object is one in a series of eight learning objects.

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Finders keepers: level 1

Move through a 3D house in search of hidden treasure. Collect clues along the way by answering multiple-choice questions about everyday texts, such as a postcard, a TV guide, an advertising poster and an email message. Earn useful objects and break the code that protects the hidden treasure. Identify language and organisational ...

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Finders keepers: level 3

Move through a 3D house in search of hidden treasure. Collect clues along the way by answering multiple-choice questions about everyday texts, such as a postcard, a TV guide, an advertising poster and an email message. Earn useful objects and break the code that protects the hidden treasure. Identify language and organisational ...

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Create a soil environment [includes spoken instructions]

Grow flowers or vegetables in a garden bed. Compare results when adding things such as water, organic matter, digging tools and earthworms.

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What on Earth?

Help an alien to understand how flowering plants are adapted to living on Earth. Watch a demonstration about plant functions such as photosynthesis. Then examine plant parts to see how they work. This learning object is the first in a series of two objects titled 'Plant life'.

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Party time: assessment

Assess your ability to fulfil a shopping list for a class party, with a view to budgeting. Buy enough lemonade, cupcakes and party hats for 32 people at the cheapest price, given minimum requirements. Calculate the cheapest unit price for the three items and the quantity of each required, considering the special discounts ...

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Biography: Federation people: Thomas Playford

Investigate Thomas Playford's role in the move towards Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Playford: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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Biography: Federation people: Josiah Symon

Investigate prominent lawyer Josiah Symon's role in Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Symon: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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Whole-school approach to using ICT - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea features video footage of the e-learning coordinator and coach at a large government secondary school of 1600 students discussing the challenges of his role.

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Köwhai herbarium sheet

This is a herbarium sheet of köwhai ('Sophora tetraptera') collected by botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander in New Zealand in 1769 as they accompanied Captain James Cook on his first voyage to New Zealand aboard the 'Endeavour'. The sheet holds dried köwhai flowers, seeds and foliage, and has a variety of identifying marks.

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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.

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Picking Geraldton waxflowers in 1929

This is an excerpt from a 6-minute silent documentary entitled 'The new nor' west', filmed in 1929. The excerpt shows women picking Geraldton waxflowers. The intertitle reads 'An exotic growth of native flora - the famous Geraldton Wax-flower'.

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Gallipoli diary, 1915

This is a double page from the diary of Captain Edward Perry Cox of the Wellington Infantry Battalion. The pages were written on 24 and 25 April 1915 on approach to Gallipoli during the First World War. The diary, which continued until 5 August 1915, comprises 204 loose pages, each 20.3 cm x 11 cm, and written in carbon ...

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'Waratah (Telopea speciosissima)'

This is a spectacular watercolour study of the Australian native plant, the waratah ('Telopea speciosissima'), in full bloom. Painted in about 1820 by the convict artist Joseph Lycett (1774-1828), it measures 26.5 cm x 19.5 cm.

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Model sheep-making machine, prop, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a scale model of a so-called 'sheep-making machine', a mechanical prop that was designed by Dan Potra for use as a mechanical prop in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The model, which is made from wire, corrugated cardboard and wood, was designed as an abstract shearing shed with awnings, windmills, ...