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Steam transportation in Australia

Steam generated the principal form of mechanical power for Australia's transport systems from the second half of the 19th century until the widespread adoption of the internal combustion engine in the 20th century. This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised into six categories - steam trains; river steamers; ...

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Scenes on the Clarence River

This is a silent home movie, made about 1943, which appears to have been taken at a Grafton regatta. Footage includes: spectators, some sitting in tiered seating to facilitate viewing and others sitting on a wall with their legs dangling over the edge; small sailing boats; several different types of rowing craft and rowers; ...

Interactive resource

Zou ba! Transport

Explore the words for a range of transport types such as train, bus, ferry, car, bike, walking. Find out how to ask someone what mode of transport they will be using to travel.

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Vehicles used on Snowy Mountains Scheme, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph of a man beside an FX Holden car and a Mighty Antar truck inside a transport maintenance depot for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. The truck has a sign attached to its bumper bar stating 'DANGER WIDE LOAD FOLLOWING'. Part of the depot’s wall can be seen, including an automated ...

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Darling River chart, c1878 - section 2 of 3

This is part of a black-and-white, hand-drawn cloth chart of the Darling River in New South Wales. Drawn in ink, this section of the chart indicates Ten Mile Point and depicts a dairy. It shows navigational hazards in the River using symbols and, in some cases, names or descriptions, for example, 'V Dangerous', 'Ten Mile ...

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Model of the Princess of Tasmania passenger ferry, 2004

This is a model of the Bass Strait passenger ferry 'Princess of Tasmania', in a perspex case. It was made from wood and perspex by Iain Scott-Stevenson for the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, in 2004. The model is finely finished, complete with decks, lifeboats, radio masts and deck equipment. The hull is beige and the decks ...

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Horsedrawn fire-engine, c1895

This is a red horsedrawn steam fire-engine made in the UK in 1895 and used in Broken Hill, Australia. It consists of a boiler, steam pumping engine and various accessories (including a coal bunker) necessary for generating and maintaining steam pressure in order to pump water. All the machinery is mounted on a sprung carriage ...

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'Toastrack' O-class tram used in Sydney, 1909-57

This is an O-class 'toastrack' timber-and-metal electric tram manufactured in 1909. It has a combination of enclosed and open sections. In the centre are the four closed sections accessible to the street via sliding doors and fitted with cross-bench timber seats. On either side of these are the two open compartments, each ...

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Austral Laboratory building at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, late 1920s

This is a black-and-white photograph with sepia toning of the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, taken around the late 1920s. It features the Austral Laboratory building, built in 1886, which curves around Southampton Crescent on the Kodak factory site. A car and two trucks, with their drivers standing beside them, ...

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Men transporting homemade boat, Brighton, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the boat that Carl Harvey built in his backyard in Brighton being moved from his house onto a large truck in the street on 28 April 1945. Three men are working in the background and four men and a woman are watching in the foreground. The image is a digital scan of the original ...

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Horsedrawn 'Manly' tram, 1894-1907

This is a 14-seater horsedrawn tram made in 1894 at the Randwick Tramway Workshops of the New South Wales Government Railways, Sydney. The tram is metal-framed, painted brown and rests on an axle box and pedestal with helical steel springs. A metal raised roof, painted light pink, has air vents and a rotating air ventilator ...

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Green machine: four-wheel drive [ESL]

Consider the impact vehicles have on our planet. Build a four-wheel drive vehicle that causes as little harm as possible to the environment. Choose a body size, engine size, fuel type and accessories. Compare the greenhouse gas emissions of the vehicle with a target figure set by the Australian Government. If your car produces ...

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Green machine: four-wheel drive

Consider the impact vehicles have on our planet. Build a four-wheel drive vehicle that causes as little harm as possible to the environment. Choose a body size, engine size, fuel type and accessories. Compare the greenhouse gas emissions of the vehicle with a target figure set by the Australian Government. If your car produces ...

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Green machine: ute

Consider the impact vehicles have on our planet. Build a ute that causes as little harm as possible to the environment. Choose a body size, engine size, fuel type and accessories. Compare the greenhouse gas emissions of the vehicle with a target figure set by the Australian Government. If your car produces emissions above ...

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Give me a brake

Investigate braking efficiency of cars and trucks by testing stopping distances under controlled conditions. Test effects of vehicle type, tyres, road surface and weather conditions. Choose driving speed, then apply brakes and compare stopping distances. Estimate distances from target markers. Answer questions about antilock ...

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Boats at Sorrento

This is a black-and-white silent film clip showing two canoes, one with a small sail, and two larger boats crowded with people at Sorrento, a popular holiday resort within half a day's travel from Melbourne. It comes from the 1922 film, 'Sorrento', showing the area's attractions for tourists.

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Repairing a truck on the Nullarbor in 1915

This is a 1915 black-and-white photograph showing a man and a woman working to repair a truck while another man looks on. The whole rear axle and wheels have been removed from the vehicle and spare tyres lie on the ground. The photograph was taken somewhere on the Nullarbor, along the route of the Trans-Australian Railway ...

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Boats at the 1913 Hobart regatta

This is a short excerpt from a 1913 silent black-and-white newsreel, entitled 'Hobart Regatta 1913'. It begins with a brief shot of a man smoking a pipe as he doffs his cap to the camera, followed by a scene of a motor launch with many children and several adults on board. Different boats are then shown, including a large ...

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A Geelong street in 1929

This is a silent black-and-white film clip introduced by the intertitle 'Activity characterises its everyday life.' showing a distance shot looking up a main street in Geelong in 1929 with cars, trams, bicycles and pedestrians, followed by a medium-distance shot across the road from shopfronts, with police directing traffic ...

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Snowy Mountains Base Workshop, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph of cars, utilities and trucks inside the large Base Workshop for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. About two dozen trucks, cars and utilities are angle-parked in two lines down the length of the building, which has large windows on one side. Another part of the building can ...