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'Carrington Street', 1884-1917

This is a full plate glass negative entitled 'Carrington Street' taken by the Sydney photographic studio Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in portrait format depicts an urban street scene, with a street light and electric power pole prominent. There are stone buildings ...


'George Street, Haymarket, Sydney', 1880-1900

This is a full plate glass negative entitled 'George Street, Haymarket, Sydney' taken by Henry King, Sydney, Australia, at some stage between 1880 and 1900. It depicts an urban scene from the late 19th century. A series of horse-drawn carts - some bearing loads, others taking passengers - move away from the camera. The ...


Map of New South Wales marked with proposed federal capital sites, 1902

This is a map of New South Wales entitled 'Map of New South Wales Shewing Proposed Federal Capital Sites'. Just visible in the lower right corner is a line saying that the map was lithographed and printed in 1902 by the Department of Lands, NSW. The map is made from silk and timber, and is 6.6 cm high and 78.5 cm wide.


Debney Meadows Primary School ethnographic study in the Australian Children's Folklore archive, 1984

This is a booklet called 'Play and Friendships in a Multi-cultural Playground' lying on top of handwritten observations. The observations have been dated, and are on lined white writing-pad pages. The booklet is the result of a project called Play and Friendships in a Multi-cultural Playground (an ethnographic study of ...


High-rise housing: Atherton Gardens Estate

This is an information sheet providing a history of Melbourne's slum reclamation and housing estate development in the post-Second World War era, highlighting Museum Victoria's model of the Atherton Gardens Estate in Fitzroy. It is downloadable as a two-page pdf file.


St Kilda Road and The Domain, Melbourne, 1967

This is a colour image from the original negative depicting an aerial view of The Domain, looking south-east across St Kilda Road towards Richmond and South Yarra. Landmarks visible include (from top left clockwise): the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Olympic Park complex, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Government House and the ...


Aerial view of Melbourne, facing north from Southgate, 1967

This is a colour image from the original negative depicting an aerial view of Melbourne, looking north up Swanston Street from Southgate. The Yarra River runs across the image with Flinders Street Railway Station on the left and various office buildings, shops and landmarks also visible. The negative is 103 mm wide x 100 mm high.


Aerial view of Melbourne, facing south-west towards Port Phillip Bay from East Melbourne, 1967

This is a colour image from the original negative depicting an aerial view of Melbourne, looking south-west from the Fitzroy/East Melbourne area towards the bay. Visible landmarks include the Yarra River, Flinders Street railyards, St Patrick's Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens and St Vincent's Hospital, along with various office ...


Intersection of Bridge Rd and Burnley St, Richmond, c1955

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting a view of Bridge Road, Richmond, looking west from its intersection with Burnley Street in about 1955. A street fire alarm sits in the foreground near a street-sign pole. Further back is a cast-iron postbox next to an electricity cabinet for the control ...


Ivan Kucan and friend building friend's home, 1951

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Ivan Kucan, right, and an unknown friend working to build the friend's house in Newport, Victoria.


Doris Atkinson and children sitting on a bench in Middle Park, 1949

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Doris Atkinson with her children Joan and Geoffrey, newly arrived British immigrants, on a public bench situated near a street corner in Middle Park, Victoria. In the background is a row of brick town houses with a dairy truck parked in front.


Anna and Ivan Kucan and their daughters outside their home in Newport, 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Anna and Ivan Kucan and their daughters, Larysa and Marika, in front of their weatherboard house in Newport, Victoria.


Michele Dominiewski and neighbour Wally Gilinski playing with toy car, 1960

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Michele Dominiewski, aged 2 years and 9 months, playing outside with her friend and neighbour Wally Gilinski in Glenroy, a suburb of Melbourne. Michele is seated on the bonnet of a peddle car and Wally is in the driver's seat.


McDonald family in front of car and terrace houses in Carlton, Melbourne, c1970

This is a colour photograph of Kathy McDonald and her children Michael, Jenny and Debbie on a street in Carlton in about 1970. This photograph was collected as part of Melbourne's Biggest Family Album in 2006.


Pablo Diaz waiting for tram, corner Queen and Bourke streets, Melbourne, c1980

This is a colour photograph showing Pablo Diaz waiting at a tram stop at the corner of Queen and Bourke streets, Melbourne. Pablo is wearing brown overalls with a blue T-shirt. A sign on a building to the left says 'NEAT & TRIM' and another to the right reads 'Hotham'. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.


Magic lantern glass slide, Brussels, late 19th century

This is a glass slide for use in a magic lantern projector. It is a colour image of Brussels, Belgium, and it was made in the late 19th century.


Stereoview of a bullock team in George St, Sydney, 1863

This item consists of two paper, albumen, silver and ink photographic prints, which have been mounted next to one another on a card to form a stereo image. The prints show a bullock team and cart holding two large sandstone blocks standing by the curb in front of three-storey buildings in George Street, Sydney. Canvas awnings ...

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Suburban sprawl reaches Doncaster East, 1960s

In the 1950s and 60s, suburbs like Doncaster East arose to meet the changing needs of Australian citizens and the government. A 'baby boom' and increased immigration contributed to the expansion of Australian cities as more and more people sought to create their own 'Australian Dream' on a quarter-acre suburban block. Architect ...

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Mysteries of Angkor

Did you know that around 800 years ago the world's biggest city was in Cambodia? From the 10th century, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire, which ruled a huge part of South-East Asia for around three centuries. But Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century. Discover how modern archaeological techniques are now helping ...


Stand and deliver: public speaking and democracy

Have you ever heard the words 'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears'? They come from the great orator Mark Antony talking about the death of Caesar in Shakespeare's play 'Julius Caesar'. Listen to this audio interview with classics scholar Dr Kathryn Welch to find out what we can learn from the first public speakers, ...