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Stonemason's tools, c1880

This is a collection of seven metal stonemasonry tools, some with wooden handles. They comprise two chisels, a bolster, a scutch comb, a Lewis pin, a mallet and a hammer.

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Weaving shuttle with rollers

This is a wooden 'boat' shuttle used for weaving. It has a simple wooden roller at each end of the shuttle that enables it to pass more smoothly through the 'shed', the space between the warp threads. The dimensions of the shuttle are: length 4.0 cm, width 2.5 cm, height 30.5 cm.

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James Phillips with his baby daughter outside his hardware store in Abbotsford, c1867

This sepia photograph features James Phillips in the doorway of his Abbotsford store, J. Phillips Hardwareman, in the late 1860s. Phillips is holding one of his daughters (Mary, born 1862, Amelia, born 1866 or Milly, born 1868). The photograph was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project ...

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Revolving plier punch

This is a pair of pliers with a revolving end on one jaw, on which six punch bits in graduated sizes are mounted. The pliers measure 23.0 cm long x 6.5 cm wide x 2.0 cm deep.

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Blood, sweat and stones: convict builders

Visit a working farm in Tasmania that uses buildings made by convict workers in the early 1800s. See the stones they carried and the tools they used. Find out how farm work has changed since colonial times. This clip is one in a series of four.

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Patterns for personalising your clothes

If you use paper patterns to make clothes that fit your body size and shape correctly, you get the added advantage of a unique garment that you won't see others wearing. See how to make a garment by downloading patterns from the internet and using them as a template for the fabric you have chosen.

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First the base, then the frame

Come and see Hugo's house getting built. Find out how the concrete foundations are laid. What comes next? Carpenters build a wooden frame. Spot the tools used to build the house. How is each tool used?

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School robot rescue!

Could you create a robot for a dangerous rescue mission? As part of the Da Vinci Programme at Holy Cross College, students built and programmed their own robot to follow a line through obstacles and rescue a ‘casualty' at a simulated chemical spill.

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What is a joggobot?

Robots have traditionally been used to perform tasks that humans don't want to or cannot do. In recent years, however, robot technology has looked at robots as companions. How do you feel about this? Do you think robots could ever replace human or even animal companionship? Why/why not?

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Create a soil environment [no spoken instructions]

Grow flowers or vegetables in a garden bed. Compare results when adding things such as water, organic matter, digging tools and earthworms.

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Create a soil environment [includes spoken instructions]

Grow flowers or vegetables in a garden bed. Compare results when adding things such as water, organic matter, digging tools and earthworms.

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Get into geology [Windows version]

Explore a range of tools and instruments used by geologists. Test physical and chemical properties to identify rock types. Explore the formation of rocks such as marble, mudstone, shale and granite. This learning object is a combination of three objects in the same series.

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Get into geology: tools of the trade

Explore a range of tools and instruments used by geologists. Notice that there are tools such as picks and compasses designed especially for geology field work. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Gum scraper

This is a gum scraper used in the New Zealand whaling industry in about 1840. It is made from a semi-circular iron blade and has wooden handles, one of which is bound with string. It is 25 cm high and 17 cm wide.

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Whale harpoon

This is a harpoon used in the New Zealand whaling industry between 1830 and 1840. It is 229.5 cm long and 7.5 cm wide at its widest part, is made from iron and wood and has a rope attached. It was designed to be thrown from a whaleboat.

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Mincing knife

This is a mincing knife used in the New Zealand whaling industry in the mid-1800s. It is made from iron and has two wooden handles. It is 93 centimetres long and 9 centimetres wide.

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Female apprentice in the metal trades, 1967

This is a 1967 black-and-white photograph of Miss Dawn Wild, an apprentice fitter and machinist in Sydney, using a micrometer to measure a 'bush' cut by a lathe. She is wearing a hard hat and overalls and is pictured inside the factory beside the large lathe.

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Joiners making doors and window frames, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of the interior of the joiners' workshop at Kingston, in Canberra. The joiners are standing behind work benches that hold lengths of timber, hand tools and pots of glue. The workshop uses natural light and has no electric lighting. The original glass plate negative is cracked.

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'Gold digging in Australia 1852: bad results'

This is the first of a pair of oval watercolours, measuring 20.2 cm x 26.4 cm, painted by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), a famous colonial artist. It shows two gold miners sitting dejectedly beside their mine, probably on the Victorian gold fields. Behind the men is a windlass, as well as their wheelbarrow, pick and spade. ...

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Bale hook, 1920s-30s

This is a bale hook, used to grab and handle bales of wool and other bagged cargo in the loading and unloading of ships at Port Adelaide in South Australia. The bale hook has a faded red-painted wooden handle and measures 36 cm x 18 cm x 3 cm.