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Three-finned 'thruster' surfboards by Energy Surfboards, 1987-80

These are two 'Energy Flyer' square tail and round tail 'thruster' (three-finned) surfboards, manufactured by Energy Surfboards, Australia, sometime between 1987 and 1988.


Jet propulsion for ships, 1948

This is a clip taken from an item about jet propulsion that was included in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel, Cinesound Review, released for exhibition on 11 June 1948. It shows Tasmanian scientist Percy Wilde and his partner, William Wallheiser, demonstrating the use of their 1942 invention, a power plant ...


The Ship That Shouldn't Have, 1984: Sailing the high seas

This clip shows crew members aboard the Cheynes 2, a steam-powered ex-whaling vessel, on a scientific expedition. The ship is sailing from remote Heard Island to Albany in Western Australia. The captain, Laurie McEwan, is interviewed and describes the achievement of rigging the ship with makeshift sails after the fuel ran ...


Cockatoo Island: HMAS Success Launching, 1984

This clip shows the HMAS Success being launched from Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour on 3 March 1984 in front of a large crowd. After a number of failed attempts, Lady Valerie Stephen, wife of the then governor-general Sir Ninian Stephen, succeeds in breaking a bottle of champagne across the bow of the ship. She then ...


Sextant - Troughton, c1820

This is a brass pillar-frame sextant with inset silver/platinum scale, made by Troughton of London, circa 1820, with serial number 940. The sextant is housed in a fitted wooden box and has two interchangeable eyepieces and two sets of coloured filters. It is graduated to 145 degrees. Its arm has a silver vernier and a microscope. ...

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Classroom Antarctica: designing an icebreaker

In this learning sequence, students explore the science carried out on icebreakers and how icebreakers are designed. They research out how scientists and engineers use scale models, water tanks and ice tanks to design and test real ships. A final task invites students to design their own icebreaker, then test and refine ...