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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, ...

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Grading cannery peaches at Shepparton, 1939

This is a black-and-white photograph of female factory workers standing on both sides of a fruit-grading table and conveyor belt inspecting peaches inside a fruit-canning factory at Shepparton, Victoria. The peaches have been halved and skins removed before being graded.

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Kurdish butter churn, c1920

This is an earthenware butter churn from Kurdistan, made in about 1920. The churn, which is orange-brown in colour, is a hollow biconical vessel with a wide body that tapers to narrower ends. There are raised bands on each end of the vessel. A short cylindrical form, which has dark kiln staining around its rim, is joined ...

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Apollo 8 space meal package, 1968

This is a space meal package developed for the Apollo 8 mission and prepared in the USA in 1968. It comprises a six-item dinner, including five food items and one drink - all in a sealed clear plastic envelope. One of the food items (probably soup) and the drink are in plastic sachets fitted with two tubes - an eating tube ...

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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.

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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'.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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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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.

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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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Genetically modified food: divided perspectives

Imagine that farmers were able to droughtproof or pest-proof their crops. Manipulating genes in food can provide solutions to many farming and food supply problems. However, not everyone agrees on how this new technology should be used. Watch this clip to find out why some Australian farmers are divided on this issue.

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Uses of herbs: past and present

Learn about some of the most useful plants in the home. Find out how some different herbs have been used throughout history and are used today.

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Greenpeace takes a stand against GM crops

Watch Greenpeace activists mow down a research crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat grown by CSIRO. Consider some arguments for and against GM foods and find out the number of GM crops being trialled around Australia.

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GM bananas

Meet a scientist who is genetically modifying bananas to make them more nutritious. Learn about some of the benefits and concerns about using gene technologies to modify foods.