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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Manufacturing processes

Simpson's Gloves labels, c1930-75

These are four Simpson's Gloves product labels. They are made of circular gold-coloured card, with cotton thread tags for attaching to products. The labels are printed with 'Simpson's' in red followed by 'TRADITIONAL QUALITY' in black. Each label has a diameter of 64 mm.


Copper processing

Find out how copper ore is extracted and turned into copper metal. This is a PowerPoint presentation showing the properties, uses and extraction of copper. It includes details of the mining and processing of copper ore, as well as smelting, converting and refining to produce copper metal. Most slides contain photographs ...

Interactive Resource

Copper processing

This interactive activity allows students to explore the processes involved in the mining and processing of copper ore and the production of copper. Students initially put the processes in the correct sequence and then select each stage to animate it and access relevant information. The smelting stage includes an activity ...


A metalwork class at Molong, 1949

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1949 that shows a metalwork class at a school in Molong in New South Wales. The photograph shows a group of boys aged between about 12 and 13 years, and their teacher. The group is at work on a two-wheeled metal cart. In the cart on the left-hand side is a boy using a drill. ...


Anzac Tweed Factory, Melbourne, c1921

This is a segment from an unidentified silent black-and-white newsreel made in the 1920s featuring the Anzac Tweed Trust. The opening scene shows a group of 18 men and 6 women gathered behind a banner, which reads 'Anzac Tweed'. An intertitle explains that Anzac Tweed was taken over by the Returned Sailors and Soldiers ...


'A shining example', 1920 - asset 6

This is a clip 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 'Now thoroughly cleaned, the teapot receives its first coat of pure silver by being dipped in a "Striking Bath" containing liquid silver.' A worker wearing ...


Life Savers, Cryst-O-Mint Flavour, 1925: Factory visit

This clip shows part of a silent black-and-white advertisement for Life Saver sweets. The clip opens with Williams and Betty entering her father's 'Mint Products Company' building in New York City. Their story is punctuated by cuts back to Cudgy, Betty's unrequited lover, letting down the tyres of Williams's sports car. ...


The Australian Steel Works, c1920: Steel rails

This silent black-and-white clip from the sponsored film 'The Australian Steel Works' shows some of the final steps in the production of steel rails and fishplates at the steelworks at Newcastle, New South Wales. The opening scenes show lengths of semi-finished steel rails passing backwards and forwards through a rolling ...


Boulton and Watt steam engine, 1785

This is a Boulton and Watt steam engine, a double-acting beam type made of cast and wrought iron. It was made by the firm of Boulton and Watt in Birmingham, England, in 1785. It was used at Whitbread's Brewery in London between 1785 and 1887.


Afshan runner from the Shirvan district, North Caucasus, c1800

This is a long rectangular runner rug with predominantly woollen warps, cotton wefts and knotted woollen pile. It was manufactured in the Shirvan district of the Kuba region of the North Caucasus in around 1800. The dark blue field is filled with rosettes and palmettes linked by vertically aligned and somewhat geometric ...


Two Ersari tent bags from western Turkestan, 1900-10

These are two tent bags made by Ersari people in western Turkestan sometime between 1900 and 1910. The bags have woollen warps and wefts and weft-float brocading. Both have rows of alternating lozenge-shaped guls comprising hooked motifs that are generally described as representing ram horns. These are separated by straight ...


Key tags, 2005

These are six oval-shaped Marbig plastic key tags with metal split rings, manufactured by ACCO Australia, New South Wales. Each tag is made from coloured plastic: blue, green, red, orange, yellow and clear. Inside each key tag is a paper label.


Mount Franklin water bottles, 2007

These are three bottles containing 'Mount Franklin' spring water, designed by D3 Design, Paddington, New South Wales, 2003 and made by Coca-Cola Amatil (Australia). The three bottles contain 600 mL, 1 L and 1.5 L of spring water.


Woman's silk shawl, 1966

This is a printed and tasselled woman's shawl, manufactured in the UK. It comprises a fine and lustrous silk square made in Leno weave with a 70-mm satin band woven 22 mm from the hand-rolled edge. It is printed in red, pink, yellow, green and blue with a black outline in a pattern of flowers and leaves. The pattern is ...


Kriesler 'Playtime' transistor radio, 1960

This is a 1960 Kriesler Playtime portable transistor radio with accessories and original packaging. The radio has a grey-edged plastic frame and a nylon mesh front. A large clear-plastic tuning dial sits on the front right, has a gold-effect central knob and displays state radio frequencies. The radio is displayed on a ...


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.


Horsedrawn vehicle

This is a sepia-toned photograph depicting a four-wheeled horsedrawn carriage with hood in front of the workshop of the manufacturer, Daniel Harvey. Four workmen are standing alongside the vehicle. Other carriages and carriage parts are also pictured.  A sign on the front of the building bears the firm's name: 'D. HARVEY ...


Daniel Harvey with three-furrow plough, 1910-25

This is a black-and-white photograph of Daniel Harvey, founder of Daniel Harvey Ltd, posing with a three-furrow plough that was manufactured by his agricultural machinery company. He has both arms extended as if demonstrating the length of the plough. The plough is displayed on a small table along with three ploughshares. ...


Foundry process operators at Daniel Harvey Pty Ltd, c1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of foundry process operators pouring molten metal into sand moulds to cast machinery components. The photograph was taken in the foundry workshop of Daniel Harvey Ltd, agricultural implement manufacturers. It measures 21.3 cm wide x 16.3 cm high.


Men operating a Daniel Harvey tractor-drawn disc cultivator, c1935

This is a black-and-white newspaper cutting of an image showing two men in an orchard operating a Harvey patented tractor-drawn tandem disc cultivator.