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Sample of horsehair from Phar Lap, 1931

This is a plastic 1970s make-up compact containing a small pile of brown shaved horsehair taken from the coat of Phar Lap before his trip to the USA, where he died.

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Discovering democracy: near and far

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the various transport options available to Australians at the time of Federation. Investigate the library to find out more about the difficulties faced by travellers throughout Australia at the turn of the century. Explore the reasons why transport became an issue ...

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Earth Alert

Tune in to a television program exploring environmental issues. Solve four ecological problems involving pest animals and humans: domestic cats, European wasps, sea stars and rural drivers. Get tips for solving environmental problems in your local area.

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Aches and pains: cancer

Learn how the human body sometimes makes abnormal cells that grow into tumours. Find out how some cancers spread, and how others cause less harm. Learn how the immune system responds to abnormal cells, and how cancer can be prevented or treated. Learn about different types of cancer such as leukaemia and lung cancer. Test ...

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Discovering democracy: views from the colonies

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the controversies that the colonies needed to deal with before they could agree on a federated Australia. Investigate the library to find out more about the different views about trade, immigration, transport, defence and rivers. Examine the rivalries among the colonies ...

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A Hard Rain, 2007: Internal radiation

This clip shows English scientist Dr Chris Busby describing the health effects of internal radiation as compared to those of external radiation in terms of nuclear energy dose, interspersed with archival footage, graphic animation and voice-over commentary. Footage of the Japanese atomic bombings shows the effects of external ...

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'The battlefield - Red Hill', 1854

This is a watercolour, pen and ink sketch by Charles Alphonse Doudiet. It depicts a panoramic view of Red Hill in Ballarat, looking out from Post Office Hill, during the height of the Victorian gold rush in 1854. In the image Red Hill is a small township of makeshift huts and tents formed around the gold diggings in eastern ...

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'Eureka riot 17th October', 1854

This is a watercolour, pen and ink sketch by Charles Alphonse Doudiet that depicts some of the thousands of goldminers who gathered and subsequently rioted at Bentley's Eureka Hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, on 17 October 1854. A small line of soldiers is in the foreground outnumbered by a huge crowd of protesting miners. ...

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Gold washing (cradling and puddling), 1854

This is a watercolour and pencil sketch by Charles Alphonse Doudiet that depicts three gold prospectors working as a team and using simple mining equipment - a rocker cradle and puddling tub - to search for alluvial gold in the Victorian goldfields during the 1850s. A fourth prospector is shown carrying a sack over his back.

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'Gravelpits Ballarat', 1854

This is a watercolour, pen and ink sketch by Charles Alphonse Doudiet that shows government officials conducting licence inspections among miners in the Gravel Pits diggings on Gravel Pits Lead at Ballarat, Victoria, on 30 November 1854.

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'Swearing allegiance to the ''Southern Cross''', 1854

This is a watercolour, pen and ink sketch by Charles Alphonse Doudiet depicting the moment when miners knelt before the Eureka flag and swore allegiance to each other on 30 November 1854, at Bakery Hill on the goldfields of Ballarat, Victoria. It shows hundreds of men, many of them with raised sticks or weapons, kneeling ...

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'The old tent', Specimen Hill tents in Ballarat, 1854

This is a watercolour, pen-and-ink sketch that depicts a scene at the Ballarat goldfields at Specimen Hill during the gold rush in 1854. It shows Barker and Hunt's store in the background and a flagpole once briefly used to fly the Eureka flag. A row of tents and temporary shelters is in the foreground.

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Advent of rail in the Australian colonies

This is a collection of 11 digital curriculum resources focusing on railways in the Australian colonies. The collection is organised into five categories - colonial railways; rail in New South Wales; in Victoria; in Western Australia; and the meeting of the railway gauges. Resources in the collection include photographs ...

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The port of Geraldton

This is an excerpt from a 6-minute silent documentary entitled 'The new nor' west', showing the port of Geraldton, Western Australia. It was filmed in 1929. The excerpt opens with an intertitle, which reads 'The Port is young but the district's rich yield of wool and wheat attracts the maritime envoys of overseas trade'. ...

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Migrant hostel laundry, 1975

This is a colour photograph taken on 2 July 1975 of an unidentified woman from the former Yugoslavia washing clothes by hand in a stainless steel sink in the communal laundry room of the Midway migrant hostel in the western Melbourne suburb of Maidstone. In the foreground is a large gas-fired 'copper' used for boiling washing.

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Sheet music cover for 'The Man in the Signal Box'

This is the front cover for the music score of the song 'The Man in the Signal Box', with words by Nugent and O'Neil and music by Joe Slater. The cover includes the lyrics from the refrain and has an illustration showing a man in a signal box pulling a lever as a train approaches on the railway line at night time. The three-page ...

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Sheet music cover for 'Australia draws her maiden sword', 1885

This is the damaged front cover of a three-page score for the song 'Australia Draws her Maiden Sword'. It depicts Australia as a maiden drawing her long sword and preparing for imminent conflict. Behind her, troops are shown marching out of their encampment. On the bottom of the cover in copperplate are the words 'WRITTEN ...

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Ophir gold diggings in 1851 - asset 3

This is a hand-coloured lithograph made by Thomas Balcombe (1810-61), measuring 27 cm x 47.5 cm, and based on a sketch made on the spot by J Korff. It depicts gold diggings at the confluence of Summer Hill Creek and Lewis Ponds Creek at Ophir in New South Wales. A horseman is shown approaching miners standing near the creek, ...

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'Gold digging in Australia 1852: bad results'

This is the first of a pair of oval watercolours, measuring 20.2 cm x 26.4 cm, painted by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), a famous colonial artist. It shows two gold miners sitting dejectedly beside their mine, probably on the Victorian gold fields. Behind the men is a windlass, as well as their wheelbarrow, pick and spade. ...

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'The claim disputed', c1852

This is a watercolour, measuring 19.4 cm x 25.4 cm, by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), a famous colonial artist. It shows a well-dressed man - presumably the Gold Commissioner - arbitrating a dispute over a claim involving three diggers, probably on the Victorian gold fields. Two of the diggers are in animated discussion ...