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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Industrial arts  >  Machine shop practice
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Opal Fever, 2004: Opal expertise

This clip shows the processes of cutting and polishing raw opals. It opens with Mark Jackson presenting a rough opal to his father, Stuart, an opal cutter and licensed valuer. Stuart examines and values the opal at $500 in its raw state. He explains that cutting and polishing it will either diminish or increase its value, ...

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Manufacturing employees working on industrial lathes, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting male manufacturing workers at a motor vehicle plant. They are producing engine parts on industrial lathes in a large workshop. 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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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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Press knife for cutting out gloves, pre-1939

This is part of a set of press knives used to cut out leather gloves at Simpson's Gloves, prior to 1939. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria. The press knife is 29 cm long x 22 cm wide x 5.5 cm high.

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Glove cutters, c1955

These are heavy metal glove cutters used at Simpson's Gloves in the 1950s-60s. These cutters consist of a back or front piece (with the index finger fully enclosed) and a separate cutter for the thumb. Another cutter was required to cut the remaining section of leather (to cover the three other fingers). They are part of ...

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Female apprentice in the metal trades, 1967

This is a 1967 black-and-white photograph of Miss Dawn Wild, an apprentice fitter and machinist in Sydney, using a micrometer to measure a 'bush' cut by a lathe. She is wearing a hard hat and overalls and is pictured inside the factory beside the large lathe.

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Joiners making doors and window frames, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of the interior of the joiners' workshop at Kingston, in Canberra. The joiners are standing behind work benches that hold lengths of timber, hand tools and pots of glue. The workshop uses natural light and has no electric lighting. The original glass plate negative is cracked.

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 7

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'The burnished process not only brightens the teapot, but it produces a hardness which ensures greater wearing qualities.' Three women work at a table ...

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 8

This is an excerpt from the end of a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' A silverware salesman and two customers visiting a factory look on as a man buffs a silverplated teapot using a rotary wheel. Other silverware produced at the factory can be seen. ...