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Solahart water heater - asset 1

These are four photographs of solar hot water heaters. The top photograph shows seven solar water heaters on top of the roof of what is probably a factory, with buildings of the city of Perth in the background. The name 'Solahart' can be seen on six of the heaters. At bottom left is a composite of two pictures, the top ...


Solahart water heater - asset 2

This is a colour illustration showing how a Solahart water heater works. It features a smiling-faced sun overlooking a heater that consists of large, flat black plates traversed by pipes, and a storage cylinder with a tap at one end that is releasing water. The movement of water is indicated by arrows, and all the parts ...


Hindeloopen style foot stove, 1994

This is a foot stove painted in 'Hindeloopen' style. It is a small portable wooden box, open on one side, and is painted a warm red shade with green base and top. It has floral motifs and other decorations painted on it.


Girl putting firewood in a toy pram, 1946

This is a black-and-white photograph of a young girl, Faye Irvine, helping out in the backyard of her home in the Melbourne suburb of East Preston in 1946. She is smiling and holding a log of firewood that she is about to place into a pram. She wears overalls and her hair is wrapped up in a scarf.


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.


Multitubular boiler, c1896

This is a double-furnace, internally fired return multitubular boiler of dry-back scotch marine design rated at 300 horsepower. The boiler measures 4.90 m long x 2.75 m wide x 3.80 m high and has a diameter of 2.60 m.

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Dangers of wood smoke

Find out about some of the issues surrounding wood smoke and how to reduce its impact on the environment and our health. View this clip called 'Where there's fire, there's smoke', created by young reporters from Presbyterian Ladies College in Armidale, New South Wales. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live ...

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Galvanic cells: cell design

Set up and observe the spontaneous redox reaction that occurs between copper metal and silver nitrate solution when they are in direct contact. Then find out how this reaction can be used to generate an electric current. Set up the galvanic cell that utilises this reaction and observe what happens at the anode and the cathode. ...

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Galvanic cells: cell reactions

Set up different galvanic cells as specified in given conventional cell notations. Find out the type of reaction that can be used in a galvanic cell, the energy change that occurs and how to interpret conventional cell notation. For each cell, observe the reactions at the anode and cathode at both the physical level and ...

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Galvanic cells: electrochemical series

View six galvanic cells built from six different combinations of half-cells of copper, zinc, iron and silver. Observe how the voltmeter needle moves when the circuit is complete, and deduce the direction of electron flow in the external circuit and the polarity of the electrodes. Deduce and record which of the two metals ...

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Electrolytic cells: aluminium extraction

Explore the production of aluminium, its uses and its waste products. Find out why aluminium ore must be purified before electrolysis, and why electrolytic cells for extracting aluminium are designed the way they are. Look closely at the cell and observe the reactions at the anode and cathode at both the physical level ...

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Electrolytic cells: molten salts

Investigate the electrolysis of three molten salts in electrolytic cells where there is only one oxidant and one reductant present. Find out the type of reaction that can be driven by supplying electrical energy, and the reasons behind the cell design. Observe the melting of the electrolyte prior to turning on the power. ...

Interactive resource

Electrolytic cells: electroplating

Find out about electroplating cells. Explore the design of a typical cell. Discover the purpose of the various stages in commercial chrome-plating. Observe the physical and particle processes in an operating chrome-plating cell and deduce the half-equations for the anode and cathode reactions. Apply this knowledge to select ...

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Electrolytic cells: aqueous solutions

Use the electrochemical series to identify the strongest oxidant and reductant in an electrolytic cell containing an aqueous electrolyte solution. Predict the physical reactions and half-equations at the anode and cathode for different cells. Observe the reactions to confirm your predictions. Deduce the equation for a net ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Energy-efficient house

Explore how the temperature inside a house is affected by air flowing in and out. Look closely at the energy effects of design variables in a house such as insulation materials, window coverings and window direction. Build a house with maximum energy efficiency by adjusting key design variables. Change the house design ...


South Melbourne Methodist Mission News, c1924: Warmth and happiness

This silent black-and-white clip taken from a sponsored film shows the Reverend Robert Williams from the South Melbourne Methodist Mission distributing weekly rations of firewood to needy families as part of the Mission's work. The Reverend fills wheelbarrows, prams and firewood carts with firewood for women and children ...


Energy and forces - early years

This collection of 20 interactive learning objects introduces students to the concepts of forces and energy. It is organised into four categories - energy conversions; forms of energy; energy management; and forces. The learning objects enable students to build energy and food chains, design energy-efficient houses, and ...


Energy - middle years

This collection of 23 digital curriculum resources is organised into three categories - energy conversions; forms of energy; and energy management. It includes learning objects enabling students to build energy-efficient houses and cars, construct energy chains, harness solar energy for heating, operate nuclear reactors, ...


Energy - senior years

This collection of 16 digital curriculum resources is organised into three categories - forms of energy; energy conversions; and energy management. Learning objects enable students to build energy-efficient cars; consider environmental and economic implications of a range of energy sources including solar and wind; operate ...


Peacock handwarmer and cover, c1930s

This is a Peacock-brand metal handwarmer with a cover. The top is perforated on both sides with circular and elliptical holes which combine to form the Peacock logo. The base is packed with material for absorbing liquid fuel and has a small detachable wick. The handwarmer has a dark-green, velvet-like fabric cover, with ...