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Box of press studs, c1930s

This is a box containing 20 compartments filled with various types of press studs. A label on the lid of the box (not shown) reads 'approximately 10 gross of varied coloured buttons all complete'. The press studs were made in various places, including France and England, for use at Simpson's Gloves. The box is part of the ...

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Card of handbag clasps

This is a piece of card holding 24 sample locks, clasps and decorations for handbags, which was used at Simpson's Gloves factory. Clasp materials include leather, metal and plastic. The card also lists prices and quantities available. The card is 37 cm high and 27.5 cm wide. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection ...

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Discovering democracy: Australia votes

Explore the issues in the referendum campaigns for the proposed federated nation. Find out who was eligible to vote and identify the democratic practices that characterised the Federation referendums. Decide on the extent to which the voting results truly reflect democratic ideals. Examine the voting patterns and the results ...

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Matching hiragana

Explore sets of hiragana that have similar appearance but contain subtle stroke differences, such as し and つ, れ and ね. Pair up hiragana that match exactly. Build your knowledge of hiragana by checking their sounds. This learning object is a combination of four objects in the 'Flip and match' and 'Match it' series.

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Matching katakana

Explore sets of katakana that have similar appearance but contain subtle stroke differences, such as シ and ツ, ソ and ン. Pair up katakana that match exactly. Build your knowledge of katakana by checking their sounds. This learning object is a combination of four objects in the 'Flip and match' and 'Match it' series.

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Code breaker [Chinese]

Sort well-formed Chinese characters from poorly formed characters. Look for characters that are well-proportioned within a square and have suitable stroke length, angle and size. Use a code-breaking machine to fix poorly formed characters. Adjust the position and proportion of character components. Discover the meanings ...

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Stroke dig: level 2 [Chinese]

Restore stone tablets and character strokes from dig sites. Separate the tablets; notice that each has the faded outline of a Chinese character. Sort the strokes into stroke types according to their shape. Rebuild the characters by using the sorted strokes in the right order. Discover the meaning and sound of the characters. ...

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Mineshaft [includes spoken instructions]

Direct a cart down a mineshaft. Examine rocks and minerals such as coal and diamonds. Match them to their use in industry such as power generation or jewellery.

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Colossal fossils: jaw analysis

Analyse a fossil jaw and work out which large extinct animal it came from. Measure the jaw's length and height, and estimate the body size of the animal. Examine the type of teeth and their arrangement. Decide whether the animal was adapted to eat plants, insects, other animals or a combination. Identify an extinct animal ...

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Stroke dig: level 3 [Chinese]

Restore stone tablets and character strokes from dig sites. Separate the tablets; notice that each has the faded outline of a Chinese character. Sort the strokes into stroke types according to their shape. Rebuild the characters by using the sorted strokes in the right order. Discover the meaning and sound of the characters. ...

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Font cubes: nine cubes [Chinese]

Solve word matching puzzles. Notice how a Chinese character looks slightly different in a range of font styles. Rotate cubes to find the same character in different fonts on a 3x3 set of cubes. Match a whole line of three characters. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as ...

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Font cubes: spinning cubes [Chinese]

Solve word matching puzzles. Notice how a Chinese character looks slightly different in a range of font styles. Identify the same character in different fonts on a 3x3 set of spinning cubes. Match a whole line of characters. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined ...

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Font cubes: message cubes [Chinese]

Solve word matching puzzles. Notice how a Chinese character looks slightly different in a range of font styles. Rotate cubes to find the same character in different fonts on a 4x4 set of cubes. Match all rows and columns. Discover a hidden message. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is ...

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The secret of Itsall Mine

Enter a mineshaft to explore rock layers and fossils. Use geological tools and instruments to find a lost fossil. Gather, analyse and date rock samples. Get passwords by solving geological puzzles.

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Matching characters: match it: A [Chinese]

Look at sets of similar Chinese characters. Pair up the characters that match exactly. Notice that when characters look alike, they often have related meanings. Spot the subtle differences in strokes that form the different characters. Build your knowledge of simple characters by checking meanings and spoken examples. This ...

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Gourmet order [Chinese] [Windows version]

Get some takeaway food from a local restaurant. First, ask your friends to write their order using Chinese characters. Then, find those dishes on a printed menu. Compare the handwritten notes and printed characters on the menu before placing your order. Identify all of the dishes correctly to get the food for your friends. ...

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Matching characters: flip and match: A [Chinese]

Pairs of Chinese characters that look alike are hidden behind cards. Flip the cards and pair up the characters that match exactly. Notice that when characters look alike, they often have related meanings. Find the subtle differences in strokes that form the different characters. Build your knowledge of simple characters ...

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Colossal fossils: jaw analysis: fossil 2

Analyse a fossil jaw and work out which large extinct animal it came from. Measure the jaw's length and height, and estimate the body size of the animal. Examine the type of teeth and their arrangement. Decide whether the animal was adapted to eat plants, insects, other animals or a combination. Identify an extinct animal ...

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Colossal fossils: jaw analysis: fossil 3

Analyse a fossil jaw and work out which large extinct animal it came from. Measure the jaw's length and height, and estimate the body size of the animal. Examine the type of teeth and their arrangement. Decide whether the animal was adapted to eat plants, insects, other animals or a combination. Identify an extinct animal ...

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Colossal fossils: jaw analysis: fossil 4

Analyse a fossil jaw and work out which large extinct animal it came from. Measure the jaw's length and height, and estimate the body size of the animal. Examine the type of teeth and their arrangement. Decide whether the animal was adapted to eat plants, insects, other animals or a combination. Identify an extinct animal ...