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'Helpful hints for waterwise gardeners' booklet, South East Water, 2004

This is a 20-page booklet called 'Helpful hints for waterwise gardeners', published in 2004 by South East Water and the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of Victoria. The cover shown here features a photograph of a newly purchased native plant being held by a smiling young girl. The booklet is part of the Water Smart ...

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'Bambu' surfboard, 2001-02

This is a 'Bambu' surfboard, a rounded and standard short model with three fins. It is manufactured from polystyrene foam, bamboo veneer and epoxy resin by Mei Yap Gordon and Shale Gordon in Byron Bay, New South Wales.

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Magic wand - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Tallangatta, 1993

This is a 'magic wand' or 'speaker's baton' that was displayed at the 1993 Women on Farms Gathering, held in Tallangatta in north-east Victoria. The wand is cylindrical and transparent. Liquid and what appears to be glitter are visible inside it. Each end has a bright pink plastic tip. The wand has a length of 46.5 cm and ...

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Workboot - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Warragul, 1999

This is an old workboot that was selected as an icon for the 1999 Women on Farms Gathering, held in Warragul in southern Victoria. The boot, which is very worn, is an ankle boot with elasticised sides. It is mottled brown and speckled with white markings. The brand name Blundstone is visible on the side of the heel. The ...

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Lock and key - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Yarram, 2003

This is a lock and key that were displayed at the 2003 Women on Farms Gathering held in Yarram, Victoria. The lock and key are of a traditional design and may be made of cast iron. The lock is open. Both are affixed to a framed wooden panel. On the panel is a small stainless steel plaque with the words 'Securing the future ...

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Basket - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Ararat, 1996

This is a large cane basket that was first displayed at the 1996 Women on Farms Gathering held in Ararat in south-western Victoria. The basket has a rectangular shape and is spanned by a curved handle. The dimensions of the basket are 44 cm (length) x 38 cm (width) x 48 cm (height).

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Banner - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Sea Lake, 1991

This is a banner created for and displayed at the second Women on Farms Gathering held at the rural town of Sea Lake in north-western Victoria in 1991. The banner was the first icon of the Gatherings and has been displayed at each subsequent Gathering. It features the text 'WOMEN ON FARMS GATHERING' in large green letters ...

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'Save Water!' card published by City West Water, c1996-2004

This is a card published and distributed by City West Water around the period from 1996 to 2004. It is blue, oval in shape and has a hole at the centre top so that it can fit over a hook or door handle. The lettering on the card says 'Save water! Cut your shower time from 7 to 4 minutes and you could save over 25,000 litres ...

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Hand-drawn plan for water efficient garden, 1999

This is a plan hand-drafted by designer Wendy van Dok in 1999. It is a landscape plan for her own water efficient garden, and includes a large plant list featuring many drought-tolerant Australian native species. The plan, which is part of the Water Smart Home Collection at Museum Victoria, is 570 mm in width by 390 mm in height.

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Preliminary sketch for water efficient garden, 1999

This is a preliminary sketch of a water efficient, drought-tolerant domestic garden design. It was hand-drafted by Wendy van Dok in 1999. The sketch, like the final plan, is part of the Water Smart Home Collection at Museum Victoria. It is 447 mm wide and 250 mm high.

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Plan for a domestic greywater treatment system, 2003

This is a plan for a domestic greywater treatment system. It was drafted by Stuart McQuire for the Envirowater Greywater Treatment System that he wanted to, and later did, install in his home. He submitted the plan to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria as part of the process of receiving approval. The plan ...

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Melbourne Water's Winneke Treatment Plant calendar, 2007

This is the cover of Melbourne Water's 2007 calendar. It features a child's colourful painting of a tree growing in cracking earth, with a burning sun in the backgound. The name of the Winneke Treatment Plant appears at the bottom left. The calendar is part of the Water Smart Home Collection at Museum Victoria. It is 218 ...

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'Water saving rules' envelope published by the Victorian Government, 2004

This envelope and its contents, which included a brochure and magnet, are educational material about saving water published by the Victorian Government in 2004. Text on the envelope states: 'Important: Victorian Government Announcement'. Boxed text over a graphic of a hand in a 'stop!' position reads: 'Follow the five new ...

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'A message about our water' envelope published by the Victorian Government, 2003

This envelope and the letter inside it are educational material about saving water published by the Victorian Government in 2003. Text on the envelope reads: 'A message about Our Water from the Premier of Victoria'. At the top left is the Victorian Government crest, and at the bottom right is the 'Our water our future' ...

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'Water: the challenge ahead' letter from the Victorian premier, 2003

This is a letter from the Victoria premier of the time, Steve Bracks, that was sent to every Melbourne household in 2003. It mentions ways for households to reduce their water usage in the kitchen, bathroom and garden. Readers are encouraged to order a free information kit, 'Our water our future'. The letter finishes with ...

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'Save 3 buckets a day!' sticker promoting water conservation, 2004

This is a sticker promoting domestic water conservation. It is rectangular and white, overprinted in dark blue. It begins with the message 'Save 3 buckets a day!' and ends with the pictures of three water buckets. Each bucket bears the name and logo of one of the three metropolitan Melbourne water retailers: City West Water, ...

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'Helpful hints for waterwise gardeners' leaflet, City West Water, 1996

This is a leaflet published by City West Water and the Nursery Industry Association of Victoria in 1996. It formed part of a community education program to 'help gardeners reduce their water consumption'. Its cover page advertises that it will give '7 simple secrets from the experts to help your garden thrive ... using ...

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'Successful pot plants using less water' brochure, City West Water, 1996

This is a three-fold brochure published by City West Water and the Nursery Industry Association of Victoria in 1996. It formed part of a community education program to 'help gardeners reduce their water consumption'. The brochure looks at how to create successful pot-plant gardens. These gardens, it says, are becoming more ...

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'Water efficient shrubs' brochure, City West Water, 1996

This is a three-fold brochure published by City West Water and the Nursery Industry Association of Victoria in 1996. It formed part of a community education program to 'help gardeners reduce their water consumption'. The brochure focuses on information people need to know if they are to grow and maintain garden shrubs in ...

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'How to identify water efficient plants' brochure, City West Water, 1996

This is a three-fold brochure published by City West Water and the Nursery Industry Association of Victoria in 1996. It formed part of a community education program to 'help gardeners reduce their water consumption'. Its main focus is on helping people to identify water-efficient plants. The brochure also states that 'Victorian ...