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Snowy Mountains Scheme, 1989

This clip looks at the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme, which remains one of the greatest engineering feats in the world today. The clip is an excerpt from the documentary 'The Snowy: a dream of growing up', a Film Australia National Interest Program produced in 1989 in association with the Australian Broadcasting ...

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Development and health - teacher resource

This teaching sequence provides activities for students that link to a range of online resources, particularly the BBC website Development and health. It assists teachers to use particular websites and online tools that underpin learning and lines of inquiry. Students develop an understanding of the different dimensions ...

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Model of the Welcome Nugget, 1858-85

This is a plaster of Paris model of the Welcome Nugget, made between 1858 and 1885 by an unknown craftsman. It is painted gold and green and has a nobbly surface. The Welcome Nugget was found at Ballarat, Victoria, in 1858.

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Boulton and Watt steam engine, 1785

This is a Boulton and Watt steam engine, a double-acting beam type made of cast and wrought iron. It was made by the firm of Boulton and Watt in Birmingham, England, in 1785. It was used at Whitbread's Brewery in London between 1785 and 1887.

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'Ophir Bluff, where gold was first found in Australia', c1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin full-plate glass negative produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows a river scene. In the background are people, a horsedrawn cart and two crude buildings. At the right, an area has been roughly fenced off. The image is titled 'Ophir Bluff, ...

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'Hydraulic sluicing', 1884-1917

This full plate glass negative was taken by Charles Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. It depicts a wide shot of a hillside with a hut and what appears to be a sluiceway. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.

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10th anniversary of death of Matthew Boulton medal

Medal, 10th anniversary of death of Matthew Boulton, bronze, engraved by F Pidgeon, made at Soho Mint, Birmingham, England, 1819 Round bronze medal commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of Matthew Boulton. The obverse has a central effigy of the head and shoulders of Matthew Boulton in 18th century dress with ...

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Gold nugget replica - 'Opposum'

This is a replica of the 'Opposum' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 27.3 cm x 19.2 cm x 8.0 cm, and it weighs 9.53 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Boort'

This is a replica of 'The Boort' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 10.5 cm x 9.5 cm x 6 cm, and it weighs 1.73 kg.

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Gold nugget replica - 'The Kum Tow'

This is a replica of 'The Kum Tow' gold nugget, part of the Mineralogy Collections at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: 36.5 cm x 13.5 cm x 13 cm, and it weighs 22.54 kg.

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Ben Chifley's Australia, 2008

This clip is an excerpt from the documentary 'Infamous victory: Ben Chifley's battle for coal', produced in 2008. This documentary about coal, communism and the Australian Labor prime minister who went to war against his own during the national miners' strike of 1949 is a Screen Australia Making History production, made ...

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Gold rush in the West, 2007

Gold, more than any other single factor, transformed the Australian colonies. 'Gold rush in the West' is an excerpt from 'Pipe dreams' (55 min), the second episode of a three-part series entitled 'Constructing Australia', produced in 2007. Politics, tragedy and conquest combine in stories behind the building of Australia. ...

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'Slavery as it exists in America. Slavery as it exists in England', 1850

This is a black-and-white print showing two contrasting scenes of 'slavery' produced by J Haven of Boston, USA. The top scene shows African American slaves in the US southern states dancing and playing the banjo after their day's work is over. The bottom scene shows four episodes of people lamenting the 'slavery' of work ...

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Country comparison: telephones - mobile cellular

This resource is a list of the number of mobile cellular telephone subscribers for 216 countries; it also links to additional important information about each country. The list is presented in ranking order from highest to lowest and includes: the ranking number; the name of the country; the number of mobile cellular telephones; ...

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Country comparison: internet users

This resource is a list of the number of users that access the internet for 217 countries; it also links to additional important information about each country. The list is presented in ranking order from highest to lowest and includes: the ranking number; the name of the country; the number of internet users; and the date ...

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Outback House - horse race

Imagine leaving your home to travel back to a time over 150 years ago, to live and work on an outback farm. Sixteen Australians take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work as a real station would have in the 1860s. Join the fun and excitement as station residents hold ...

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Strike for better pay and conditions

How can not going to work help to improve pay? Find out the reasons why school teachers went on strike in June 2008. See how strike action can be used by workers to improve their working conditions and pay.

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Holden, the 'all-Australian car'

What made Holden cars symbols of Australia during the 1950s, 60s and 70s? During this period, more than any other vehicle, the Holden came to reflect changing lifestyles in Australia, and helped to define for many what it meant to be 'Australian'. Find out the impact that generations of Holden vehicles have had on the lives ...

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Australia's 21st-century gold rush

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to strike gold? During the 1800s, the dream of finding gold led to a huge increase in Australia's population and to many mines, but once these gold mines had been exploited they were abandoned. Find out why many formerly abandoned gold-mining sites across Australia today are ...

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Famine and aid: Ethiopia

The Live Aid concert in 1985 drew attention to Ethiopia's terrible drought and famine. When this clip was made decades later in 2008, the developing nation was still experiencing widespread hunger. See how charitable aid can impact on the lives of those in less developed countries.