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Aerial view of the Kodak factory showing the Yarra River in flood, 1934

This is a black-and-white aerial photograph, taken in 1934, showing the Yarra River in flood at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Shot from the roof of one of the factory buildings, the photograph shows the impact of the flood on the Kodak factory. Previously stored timber floats around part of the site's perimeter, ...

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View of the Kodak factory showing the Yarra River in flood, 1934

This is a black-and-white gelatin photograph, taken in December 1934, that shows the Yarra River in flood. The Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, is visible in the background. The branches of half-submerged trees can be seen above the floodwaters. The chimney of the Kodak factory's Powerhouse is visible on the far ...

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Two men wade through water at the flooded Kodak factory, 1923 or 1934

This is a black-and-white aerial photograph of the Yarra River in flood at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, probably in either 1923 or 1934. The photograph shows two men, probably factory workers, positioned in the doorway of a flooded factory building as they wade through thigh-high water. A corrugated iron ...

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Staff walk across roofs during floods at the Kodak factory, 1923 or 1934

This is a black-and-white photograph of the Yarra River in flood at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, in about 1923 or 1934. It shows an aerial view of factory staff walking across the roofs of Kodak factory buildings to observe the damage and avoid the flood water. A pile of debris such as tree branches and timber ...

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'Working together to save water' booklet, 2003

This illustrated 18-page booklet promotes water conservation. It was published in October 2003 by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. On the blue-and-white cover, the title of the booklet, 'Working together to save water', is set against a background design of water rippling. At the bottom right ...

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Turning stormwater into groundwater

Imagine how much your life would change if your water supply ran out. Yet, when it rains, so much water is lost as it runs into stormwater drains. Watch as scientists talk about re-directing stormwater to recharge a groundwater aquifer. Listen as they describe how they can use a natural system to remove contaminants from ...

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Autobiography of a flood survivor

Imagine if the town or suburb you live in came under threat due to a natural disaster. How would you react? Shelby Garlick from Kerang, Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen to her inspiring story and explore the lessons she learnt as a result of working with her ...

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Surviving the extremes

What would you do if a natural disaster was heading for you? Would you panic? Dr Jonica Newby and the Catalyst team stage two disaster scenarios and throw them at two Australian families who know only that a disaster of some kind is coming. How will they cope? And how would you?

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Sowing crops after floods

Natural disasters such as flooding can create havoc for farmers who rely on favourable growing conditions for high yields. This clip shows some Australian farmers responding to floods that have affected their crop production. See how they deal with these and other weather-related impacts.

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Highway or floodway?

In the city of Rockhampton the floodwaters are on their way - again. Many locals appear to be convinced that floods are becoming more frequent. This clip from January 2013 weighs up the economic impact of continued flooding against the cost of taking action to 'flood-proof' central Queensland's Rockhampton once and for all.

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A flood of suffering

How does a community bounce back after devastating floods in 2013? This clip investigates the impact of flood cycles in the citrus-growing areas around Queensland's Burnett River. What type of support will help to improve the resilience of communities in this region and their capacity to cope?

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Community project helps Grantham recover

The small town of Grantham suffered severe damage after being hit by flash flooding during Queensland's 2010-11 floods. The Grantham Butter Factory played an important role in the immediate aftermath of the flood. Watch this clip to find out how it helped the community through the disaster and has since been restored and ...

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Life on our ever-changing creek

Imagine if you lived near a creek and it began to rain heavily. What might be the possible consequences of rising water levels?  How might you go about preparing to deal with it? How did the family in this video deal with a bridge getting destroyed?

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Where does tap water come from? [includes spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Where does tap water come from? [no spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Scenes of Gundagai in 1922

This is newsreel footage of Gundagai, New South Wales, shot in 1922. An intertitle reads: 'Gundagai & Surroundings. Specially taken for Thr. Bownader, Gundabiggie Theatre.' It shows the Gundagai Court House with the Boer War Memorial in front. There are shots of the major streets of Gundagai (including Sheridan Street, ...

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Three boys paddling a home-made canoe, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph of three boys paddling a small home-made canoe on the Molonglo River in Canberra. Using palings as paddles, they are in a wide section of the river, facing the camera. In the background, a junction in the river can be seen with logs across one of the streams.

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'Ballarat Street, Queenstown', 1878

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the partially flooded Ballarat Street in Queenstown (Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand) in 1878. Buildings line both sides of the street and in the background a boat can be seen on Lake Wakatipu, with the snow-capped Remarkables Range behind. Groups of men are gathered ...

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'Floodbound cattle in the Northern Territory', 1974 - asset 1

This is an excerpt taken from the beginning of an item in a black-and-white Australian Movie Magazine newsreel produced in early April 1974. It shows Brunette Downs in the Northern Territory, one of the world's largest cattle properties, seen from an aerial viewpoint as a large flood threatens its Santa Gertrudis cattle. ...

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'Floodbound cattle in the Northern Territory', 1974 - asset 2

This is an excerpt taken from the middle of an item in a black-and-white Australian Movie Magazine newsreel produced in early April 1974. It shows helicopters engaged in an emergency muster on the cattle station Brunette Downs in the Northern Territory. Cattle are shown gathered on a peninsula and then swimming part of ...