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Solahart water heater - asset 1

These are four photographs of solar hot water heaters. The top photograph shows seven solar water heaters on top of the roof of what is probably a factory, with buildings of the city of Perth in the background. The name 'Solahart' can be seen on six of the heaters. At bottom left is a composite of two pictures, the top ...


Solahart water heater - asset 2

This is a colour illustration showing how a Solahart water heater works. It features a smiling-faced sun overlooking a heater that consists of large, flat black plates traversed by pipes, and a storage cylinder with a tap at one end that is releasing water. The movement of water is indicated by arrows, and all the parts ...


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 ...


Neoz V4 cordless lamps, 2006

These are six Neoz V4 cordless lamps with accessories. The accessories include base stations and extenders, chargers, power cords with plugs and a battery pack containing lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The lamps were manufactured from glass, plastic and metal by NEOZ Pty Ltd, Sydney, in 2006. The 'Owl 1' lamp has a ...


TV lamp made by Rite-Lite, 1957

This is a gold anodised aluminium table lamp made by Rite-Lite, Melbourne, Victoria. The lamp has a cone-shaped shade with repeated perforated letters 'TV' around the top edge. It has a hinged cover at the top that lifts up to allow up-lighting and brightness control. There is a round base with a white plastic switch, a ...


Leitz arc lamp for microscope, c1912

This is a Leitz arc lamp for use with a microscope when coloured filtration was necessary and for photomicrography when ordinary illuminators were too weak or unsuitable. It was powered by a 6-volt battery. The lamp was made by Ernst Leitz in around 1912 and was used by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Victoria. The lamp ...


Exhibition Building illuminated for the Federation celebrations, Melbourne 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the illuminated Exhibition Building at night during the Federation celebrations in Melbourne in May 1901. Ten thousand lights outlined the Exhibition Building when this image was taken. The upper lights were white, and the lower lights ruby red. They are reflected in ...


Hindeloopen style foot stove, 1994

This is a foot stove painted in 'Hindeloopen' style. It is a small portable wooden box, open on one side, and is painted a warm red shade with green base and top. It has floral motifs and other decorations painted on it.


Austral Laboratory building at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, late 1920s

This is a black-and-white photograph with sepia toning of the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, taken around the late 1920s. It features the Austral Laboratory building, built in 1886, which curves around Southampton Crescent on the Kodak factory site. A car and two trucks, with their drivers standing beside them, ...


Textile workers cutting out garment patterns, 1950-60 - item 2

This is a black-and-white image showing male and female clothing and textile workers at a factory, probably in Melbourne, in the 1950s. They are shown standing or sitting at long workbenches on which they are cutting out pattern parts to be sewn into garments. Long lengths of white material have been laid out on the benches ...


Melbourne city at night during the Olympic Games, 1956

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting a night-time view of the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets in Melbourne. Shown here are the Young and Jackson Hotel and a number of shops and offices. Various illuminated advertising signs are visible including 'TUCKER BOX', 'THE ARGUS', and ...


Clay pipe, c1880

This is a clay pipe in the shape of a man's head. It was excavated at Casselden Place in 2003, part of a district known as 'Little Lon'. This object is part of the Little Lonsdale Street archaeological collection at Museum Victoria.


Bronze key, c1880

This incomplete bronze key for a valve was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It would have been in use in about 1880.


Girl putting firewood in a toy pram, 1946

This is a black-and-white photograph of a young girl, Faye Irvine, helping out in the backyard of her home in the Melbourne suburb of East Preston in 1946. She is smiling and holding a log of firewood that she is about to place into a pram. She wears overalls and her hair is wrapped up in a scarf.


Staff of Crockford and Robertson Air Conditioning shop in Fairfield, 1968

This black-and-white photograph features the service staff and vehicles of Crockford and Robertson Air Conditioning, Abbot Street, Fairfield, in June 1968. The photograph was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006.


John Delaney attending coal-fired boiler at Alfred Lawrence and Co, Kensington, c1950

This is a black-and-white photograph featuring a view of John Delaney attending a boiler at the Alfred Lawrence and Co factory in Bruce Street, Kensington, in about 1950.


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.


T Warburton token penny, 1862

This is a round copper token featuring the name, business and address of the issuer: T Warburton / Iron and Zinc Spouting Works / 11 Little Bourke St West / Melbourne. The reverse shows a wheat sheaf bound with cord standing in a field. Above this scene is 'Advance Australia' and below it the year. The token has a diameter ...


Materials and testing - Creating a working prototype

This is a video about the design and construction of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton. Paul Charlwood of Charlwood Design talks about the design and testing process for the baton. The duration of this video is 1 min 32 sec.

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Dangers of wood smoke

Find out about some of the issues surrounding wood smoke and how to reduce its impact on the environment and our health. View this clip called 'Where there's fire, there's smoke', created by young reporters from Presbyterian Ladies College in Armidale, New South Wales. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live ...