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Electrical control panel, c1923

This is an electrical control panel unit, protected by a grille, at the Spotswood Pumping Station.

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Coal-fired power stations

Find out how a coal-fired power station makes electricity. This animated video in 11 parts shows the components and processes in a coal-fired power station. The narration explains what happens at each stage. Most of the statistical information and examples relate to locations in Queensland.

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Circuits - upper primary

This collection of 11 digital curriculum resources is organised in three categories - types of circuits; circuit applications; and conductors and insulators. Interactive learning objects enable students to build and manipulate simple series and parallel electric circuits. Students investigate how current flows, effects ...

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'Faces of Australia', 1968 - part 14 of 34

This is a clip showing part of the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme in New South Wales. It is taken from 'Faces of Australia', a 1968 colour film with commentary. The camera pans as two workmen walk past a row of large sections of concrete piping. A long shot then shows the site of the Jindabyne ...

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West Gate Bridge under construction, 1969 - item 1

This is a black-and-white photograph of the construction of the West Gate Bridge across the lower Yarra River in Melbourne. In the foreground is what appears to be a span waiting to be lifted onto two piers, or pillars. Another pier is visible on the far side of the river. Some scaffolding, machinery and construction huts ...

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Duigan biplane, 1910

This is a photograph of John Robertson Duigan at the controls of the aeroplane he designed and built in 1909-10. The plane appears to be on top of a hill in a rural area. Duigan is holding a control and looking away from the camera. Some struts and parts of the wings are visible. At the rear of the plane is a large propeller. ...

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Boy's diagram of a rocket ship, 1957

This is a hand-drawn diagram of a rocket ship by young Denis Cox, sent in October 1957 to 'A top scientist at Woomera Rocket Range, South Australia'. It links to an online showcase called 'Find of the Month' via an educational resource page in the National Archives Virtual Reading Room (VRROOM). The 'Find of the Month' ...

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Pipe dreams, 2007: O'Connor's dream for water

This clip is an excerpt from the 2007 film 'Pipe dreams' (55 min), the second episode of a three-part series entitled 'Constructing Australia'. Over black-and-white photographs and dramatised video of the key players, a narrator describes the significant challenges of supplying water to the WA goldfields in the late 19th ...

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Can technology keep getting smaller and faster?

Since the first generation models of the 1940s, computers have dramatically shrunk in size while becoming much faster. Moore's Law predicts the rate at which computer speeds increase, but is there a limit to how small and fast computers can become? This clip describes the changes in computer hardware over time, their impact ...

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School robot rescue!

Could you create a robot for a dangerous rescue mission? As part of the Da Vinci Programme at Holy Cross College, students built and programmed their own robot to follow a line through obstacles and rescue a ‘casualty' at a simulated chemical spill.

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Biomimicry robots

When you think of a robot, what do you imagine? 'Biomimicry' aims to create robots that are more like forms we find in nature - flexible and pliant, which bend rather than break when confronted with an immovable object. What are the benefits of a robot like this?

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What is a joggobot?

Robots have traditionally been used to perform tasks that humans don't want to or cannot do. In recent years, however, robot technology has looked at robots as companions. How do you feel about this? Do you think robots could ever replace human or even animal companionship? Why/why not?

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'Southern Cross' above Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1931

This is a 1931 gelatin silver-toned composite photograph measuring 32 cm x 25.5 cm, produced by Hall and Co. It shows Charles Kingsford Smith's monoplane, the 'Southern Cross', flying over the partially constructed Sydney Harbour Bridge, escorted by a biplane. The view is from the north-west, probably McMahons Point, and ...

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Gene technology

This collection of 24 digital curriculum resources is organised into five categories - how genes work, techniques of gene technology, applications and examples, GM food and genetic engineering in fiction. Interactive learning objects explore the nature of genes and how they are manipulated. There are images of cells under ...

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The Forerunner, 1957 - Snowy Mountains Scheme explained, item 1

This is an excerpt from a 1957 black-and-white documentary titled 'The Forerunner' that tells the story of the building of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. A man points out features on a large three-dimensional model as he explains to a small group of people who may be new Scheme employees that the Snowy River ...

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Electric caulking machine, c1902

This is a posed black-and-white photograph showing three men, watched by two others, moving an electric caulking machine into place above a pipe joint for the Coolgardie Water Supply pipeline in Western Australia around 1902. The machine is mounted on a trolley that rolled on four wheels along the top of the pipe, from ...

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Pouring lead for a waterproof joint, 1901

This black-and-white photograph shows six men posed around the joint linking two lengths of pipe in the Coolgardie Water Supply pipeline. Two are operating a machine that melts lead for caulking (sealing) a waterproof joint. A collar of short bars interlinked by wires and chains can be seen around the joint. The photograph ...

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Lead melting machine for caulking, 1901

This is a black-and-white photograph of a group of five men gathered in and around the trench of part of the Coolgardie Water Supply pipeline. The men are posed around a joint between two lengths of pipe. On the pipe is a machine for melting the lead used for caulking (sealing) a joint. The men are formally dressed in hats, ...

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Heat pump hot water system, 2001

This is a 'Turbo Compact Eyre, 270 litre' heat pump hot water system manufactured in 2001 by Quantum Energy, Australia. The tank has a cross-section cut out of it by the manufacturer to show its internal workings while on display at an exhibition. The unit is made from steel, glass, aluminium, copper, plastic and polyurethane ...

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Dethridge wheel irrigation water meter, 1910

This is a well-used steel Dethridge wheel irrigation water meter manufactured in Griffith, New South Wales, in 1910. The wheel consists of a drum around an axle, with four spokes originating from each end of the axle. Eight V-shaped vanes are fixed to the outside of the drum. Some of them are bent on the edges as a result ...