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Workmen in the engineering workshop at Daniel Harvey Ltd, c1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of two workmen using the tools of their trade in the engineering workshop at Daniel Harvey Ltd, agricultural machine manufacturers. The men are standing at a wooden workbench, and the older of the two is wearing a hat. The photograph's dimensions are: length 21.5 cm x width 16.3 cm.

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Workman at the drill press at Daniel Harvey Ltd, c1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of a drill press operator machining metal components in the engineering workshop of Daniel Harvey Ltd, agricultural implement manufacturers. The photograph's dimensions are: length 21.5 cm x width 16.3 cm.

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Bronze key, c1880

This incomplete bronze key for a valve was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It would have been in use in about 1880.

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Martin and Sach token penny, 1858

This is a round, copper token featuring the name, business and location of the issuing firm: Martin and Sach / Ironmongers / Adelaide. The reverse shows a blindfolded Justice standing by the sea holding an overflowing cornucopia in one hand and scales in the other. A sailing ship is in the background. Above this scene is ...

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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. ...

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Black swan casket, 1914

This is a hexagonal (six-sided) container made in copper and decorated in enamel and gilt by the Australian modernist artist and designer Ethel Barringer (1884-1925). The strong geometric design has been offset by the liveliness of the insets on each side panel and on the lid, and the elegant arches at the base of the object. ...

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Boys in a metalwork class, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1945 of schoolboys using lathes in a metalwork class at Thebarton Technical High School in Adelaide, South Australia. The photograph was developed from a glass negative that could have been one of three sizes, 8.9 cm x 14.0 cm, 16.5 cm x 21.6 cm or 25.4 cm x 30.5 cm.

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Silver kettle and stand by Christopher Dresser, 1878

This is an electroplated silver kettle and stand, designed by Christopher Dresser and made by Hukin and Heath in Birmingham, England, in 1878. The body of the kettle is a compressed globular form, and features an incised bamboo motif decoration that flows diagonally around its girth. An elbow-shaped spout is attached to ...

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Making steel pipes, 1901

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in the Mephan Ferguson pipeworks, of a machine that joined two half cylinders of steel plate to make a length of cylindrical pipe, 8.5 m long and 76 cm in diameter, for the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme in Western Australia. Mephan Ferguson (second from left with hat and beard), ...

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Blacksmiths at work, Torajaland, 1997

This is a colour photograph of three blacksmiths at work in Torajaland in southern Sulawesi, Indonesia. The image features a typical blacksmith's workshop. The men are producing implements using a simple forge. They are working on steel gathered from old car springs.

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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 ...

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e-Museum: app for Android

This Android application contains high-resolution images and descriptions of over 1,000 items from four Japanese museums: Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum and Kyusyu National Museum. The images are organised into twelve categories: Painting, Calligraphy, Sculpture, Architecture, Metalwork, ...