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Experiment at the Division of Food Preservation and Transport, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1945, the final year of the Second World War, showing an experiment at the Division of Food Preservation and Transport, which was part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The photograph was taken in a laboratory in the Division's head office at Homebush, ...


Decor BYO bottle chiller, 1986

This is an insulated wine carrier with a lid, designed to fit two wine bottles, and manufactured by Decor Corporation Australia. The removable plastic insert is designed to be filled with water and frozen. The wine cooler is manufactured from plastic with a black handle and lining.


Willow Ware cooler with wheels, 2005

This is a rectangular blue-and-white cooler (or esky) with two wheels at one end and a handle at the other, and the original box that it came in. The cooler was manufactured by Willow Ware Australia in 2005. In part, the text on the box reads: '35 litre Wheelie / Metallic Blue Cooler'.


Opal-glass Vegemite jar, 1935-45

This is a heavy white opal-glass Vegemite jar with screw-thread top manufactured from glass, metal and rubber by Kraft Walker Cheese Company in Melbourne sometime between 1935 and 1945. 'VEGEMITE' and 'V.906 18' are moulded into the base of the jar. The metal lid has rubber lining around the inside. There are traces of ...


Vegemite jar, 1923-28

This is an amber-coloured glass jar, cylindrical in form but slightly tapering from the base to the neck. The jar is both lipped and footed. It is missing the lid and the label. Marks on the underside show 'FRED WALKER and Co. PTY LTD'. The jar measures 7.2 cm height x 4.7 cm diameter.


Scooping coffee beans into an industrial grinder, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting a male employee scooping coffee beans from a sack into a large industrial grinder at a factory. 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.


Workman operating paper press machine at Australian Paper Mills, c1950

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting a workman operating a paper press machine at the Australian Paper Mills. The workman, wearing stained white overalls, stands in front of a long stand of large rollers. Above the machinery is what appears to be a system to extract fumes. In the foreground ...


Australian Paper Mills workmen operating paper-making machine, c1950

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting three men operating a Walmsleys (Bury) Limited paper-manufacturing machine at the Australian Paper Mills at Fairfield in Victoria. The men are standing beside machines that appear to be making long sheets of white paper, which are collected into rolls. ...


Aerial view of woodchip mill beside a river, 1970-80

This is a colour image from the original negative depicting an aerial view of a small woodchip mill in operation. Visible are roads, various buildings and an area with chimneys emitting smoke. The mill is in an area with a considerable number of trees. In the foreground is a hill which has very few trees. The mill is located ...


Meat processing plant, 1974

This is a black-and-white photograph depicting a group of male and female food-processing workers boning and packaging beef products at an abbattoir. At least 18 partly boned carcases are suspended from a metal track to the left, with men standing before many of them, removing further portions of meat. Further to the right, ...


Glass bottle, c1880

This is a green glass bottle that was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It measures 29.8 cm x 9.5 cm and was in use in about 1880.

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Why do cows make milk?

Have you ever wondered why cows make milk? In this clip you will learn the answer to this question. You will also see how cows are milked in a large dairy. Join Bill, a dairy farmer, as he tends to his herd of dairy cows.

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Picking and processing fresh apples

Discover the story of apples, from picking and pressing to processing in a factory. Learn how juice, cider and vinegar are made from apples. See how many other things are made from apples.

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Where does bread come from?

Do you know where your bread comes from? Discover how many other foods can be made from wheat flour. This clip tells the story of wheat from the farm to the factory. See how the big machines in a flour mill make flour from grains of wheat.

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From the dairy to the shop

Have you ever wondered about the steps involved in getting milk from a cow to you? This clip tells the story of milk, from the dairy farm to the supermarket. Discover where cream comes from and how milk is made safe to drink.

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How does rice get to the supermarket?

Do you like brown rice or white rice? Do you know why they look different? This clip shows how rice grains from the farm are cleaned, milled and packed into bags. Discover how many different foods can be made from rice.

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Sealing success in a Thai village

This is a video about the preservation and marketing of a unique form of pickled fish produced by the women of Baan Tha-boe village in Thailand. The sought-after delicacy could not be sold very widely because the fish was perishable and its packaging rudimentary. A member of the women's cooperative, Kachana Wanawong, explains ...

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Post-harvest grain losses in Sub-Saharan Africa

This is a three-and-a-half-minute video promoting the case for investment in reducing the huge amount of grain lost to post-harvest pests and decay in Sub-Saharan Africa. It begins by highlighting the extent of grain losses, pointing out that they equal 20 per cent of all grain harvested, would have been worth about US$4 ...


Toora Vale Ice Company Advertisement: Welcome Mr Ice Man, c1934

This black-and-white clip from the 1930s shows a cinema advertisement for the Toora Vale Ice Company that promotes ice and ice refrigerators as products that provide 'health and comfort'. An ice delivery man is shown delivering ice to a suburban home before the clip cuts to a kitchen where a housewife displays her ice refrigerator. ...


Just Peanuts, 1954: Processing peanuts

This clip from an industrial documentary made in 1954 shows the processing of peanuts from roasting to the production of peanut butter. Peanuts emerge from roasting ovens for cooling, blanching and husking. Uniformed female operators remove imperfect nuts from a conveyor belt. The nuts are crushed into peanut butter, extruded ...