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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: 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 ...


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 ...


'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 ...


'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. ...


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.


'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.


'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 ...


'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.


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 ...


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'. ...


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.


'Convict tramway', 1852

This is a black-and-white lithograph (10.8 cm x 17.9 cm) taken from a sketch by Colonel G C Mundy. It depicts two open wooden carts on a wooden tramway moving through Tasmanian bushland. The tram at the front, which carries three dignitaries, has just crossed a wooden bridge; four convicts, two at the front and two at the ...


Gold mining at Bendigo, 1888

This is a black-and-white print from a wood engraving of gold mines at Bendigo, Victoria, with the city in the background. Titled 'NEW CHUM LINE OF REEF', it shows 'poppet heads' above mine shafts, and buildings with tall chimney stacks, some emitting smoke.


'Eureka slaughter 3rd December', 1854

This is a pen-and-ink watercolour by Charles Alphonse Doudiet showing the battle at the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat, Victoria. Three lines of soldiers are shown advancing towards the stockade. The soldiers in the front line have fired their guns and so have the miners in the Stockade. The Southern Cross flag is seen flying ...


Portrait of Peter Lalor, 1856

This is a 24.3 cm x 19.7 cm hand-coloured lithograph of Peter Lalor (1827-89). Made by Ludwig Becker, it was published in his 'Men of Melbourne' in 1856.


Sir Charles Hotham, c1854

This is an albumen silver photograph of Sir Charles Hotham, Governor of Victoria 1854-55, that was used as a carte-de-visite. The photograph measures approximately 10.7 cm x 6.5 cm.


Human skeleton lying in scrub, c1900-10

This is a black-and-white photograph, measuring 12.7 cm x 10.2 cm, of the badly decomposed, skeletal remains of a man lying under a low tree in light scrub-covered land, typical of that of the eastern gold fields. His heavy work trousers still cover his legs. His boots lie near his feet. On the ground on the right of the ...


Government well, c1895

This is a sepia photograph, measuring 21 cm x 14 cm, that shows a gang of men who are digging a government well in sand plain country east of Southern Cross, en route to the eastern gold fields soon after the Western Australian gold rush began. To the right of centre a timber frame marks the drill hole bored to locate the ...


Hargraves's gold mining cradle, 1851

This is a wooden gold-washing cradle designed by Edward Hargraves and made by the Tom brothers in 1851 at what became the Ophir gold fields, New South Wales. The cradle consists of a rectangular wooden box, open at one end and standing on two rockers, fitted with a wooden pan that includes a metal sieve. A single wooden ...