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Air compressor, c1926

This is an electrically powered horizontal air compressor at the Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

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Reducing motoring emissions

Many businesses need to transport goods or people on a daily basis. Vehicles cause pollution and too many vehicles can result in road congestion. This audio clip describes environmentally friendly modes of transport. Explore the options with Catapult reporter Dominic Jarvis, then decide which might be best for different ...

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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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Steam wagon made by Aveling and Porter, 1920

This is an overtype steam wagon, manufactured from timber and steel by Aveling and Porter in 1920. The side of the wagon reads: 'MUNICIPALITY OF ROCKDALE'. The wagon has a traction-engine locomotive-type boiler with the cylinders and valve gear mounted on top of the boiler. The rear wheels are perforated and staked (the ...

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Steam road-roller made by Aveling and Porter, 1922-23

This is a Type D steam road-roller, manufactured from metal by Aveling and Porter in 1922-23. It is similar in appearance to a traction engine, but instead of two front wheels it has two wide rollers set closely together. The two rear wheels have broad flat tyres and act as rear rollers. It features a side-by-side compound ...

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Horsedrawn fire-engine, c1895

This is a red horsedrawn steam fire-engine made in the UK in 1895 and used in Broken Hill, Australia. It consists of a boiler, steam pumping engine and various accessories (including a coal bunker) necessary for generating and maintaining steam pressure in order to pump water. All the machinery is mounted on a sprung carriage ...

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Kodak factory Powerhouse, 1940s-50s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the interior of the Powerhouse at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, possibly around the 1940s-50s. The Powerhouse was a power station that provided all the power and refrigeration for the factory. Three large turbines are in the foreground of the photograph, bearing ...

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Manufacturing employees working on industrial lathes, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting male manufacturing workers at a motor vehicle plant. They are producing engine parts on industrial lathes in a large workshop. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 10.3 cm x height, 10 cm.

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Steam pumping engine, 1914

This is a steam-powered pumping engine at Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

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Multitubular boiler, c1896

This is a double-furnace, internally fired return multitubular boiler of dry-back scotch marine design rated at 300 horsepower. The boiler measures 4.90 m long x 2.75 m wide x 3.80 m high and has a diameter of 2.60 m.

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Centrifugal pump motor - MMBW Spotswood Sewerage Pumping Station, 1938

This is an electric pump motor made by the British General Electric Company, serial no. C20628, 400 horsepower, 440 volt. It is 1720 mm high, 1355 mm long and 1153 mm wide. This equipment forms part of the Spotswood Pumping Station Collection at Museum Victoria.

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Drawing water from a tank on St Margaret Island, c1914

This is a black-and-white photograph showing two unknown men getting water out of a raised tank on Margaret Island. Next to them is a draughthorse hooked up to a dray, or cart, with some large wooden vessels onboard. Behind them is an Alston windmill. A large farm dog is watching the proceedings. This image was collected ...

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'Planet' motorcycle, 1916

This is a custom-built, twin-cylinder, 1497 cc motorcycle made by John Oliver in 1916. It was designed primarily for racing; its heaviness and long wheelbase made it difficult to control and somewhat impractical for everyday use. It is held in the collection of Museum Victoria. The motorcycle is 235.0 cm long x 73.0 cm ...

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Tidal power

Journey to Bathurst Island where strong tidal currents can be found in the Apsley Strait. Observe how the Nguiu community is investigating the use of tidal power to provide their electricity needs instead of using non-renewable and expensive fossil fuels.

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Hydrogen-diesel engine

How might we reduce damaging emissions from diesel engines and increase their fuel efficiency at the same time? Watch as Dr Vishi Karri from the University of Tasmania describes the development of a new type of engine: the hybrid hydrogen-diesel engine. Dr Hafez A Hafez explains how the technology can be easily adapted ...

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Wind farming: benefits and drawbacks

Discover why some people are opposed to wind farms even though they generate electricity without burning any fossil fuels. Travel to Australia's biggest wind farm to find out how wind turbines work, some of their benefits and drawbacks, and what locals think of them. Consider all views and make up your own mind about whether ...

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Minymaku Way, 2000: 'It doesn't belong to us'

The clip shows a meeting of the executive of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council and an example of its work in central Australian communities. The voice-over explains the role of the Council in giving women an opportunity to discuss issues and take action. The clip shows Anangu women speaking ...

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Minymaku Way, 2000: The march

This clip focuses on two women's recollections of a protest march by Anangu women to the Curtin Springs roadhouse in the Northern Territory in 1990. The protest was against the selling of alcohol. As the women drive along the road where the march took place, they discuss the road's history of alcohol-related fatalities. ...

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Steam transportation in Australia

Steam generated the principal form of mechanical power for Australia's transport systems from the second half of the 19th century until the widespread adoption of the internal combustion engine in the 20th century. This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised into six categories - steam trains; river steamers; ...

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Building a Railway Engine, c1925: Building the 'iron horse'

This 1926 silent black-and-white clip shows steps in the assembly of a steam engine at the Islington railway engine construction and repair plant in Adelaide. The cylindrical steam boiler is shown being lowered as workers below guide it onto its frame. The clip then shows men attaching and tightening bolts by hand. An intertitle ...