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Steam pumping engine, 1914

This is a steam-powered pumping engine at Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

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Multitubular boiler, c1896

This is a double-furnace, internally fired return multitubular boiler of dry-back scotch marine design rated at 300 horsepower. The boiler measures 4.90 m long x 2.75 m wide x 3.80 m high and has a diameter of 2.60 m.

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Electrical control panel, c1923

This is an electrical control panel unit, protected by a grille, at the Spotswood Pumping Station.

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Air compressor, c1926

This is an electrically powered horizontal air compressor at the Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

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Centrifugal pump motor - MMBW Spotswood Sewerage Pumping Station, 1938

This is an electric pump motor made by the British General Electric Company, serial no. C20628, 400 horsepower, 440 volt. It is 1720 mm high, 1355 mm long and 1153 mm wide. This equipment forms part of the Spotswood Pumping Station Collection at Museum Victoria.

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Electric lift, 1920s

This is a single-person electric cage lift at the Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

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Flow meter, c1923

This is a Type A 'Orivent' Meter Recorder at the No 4 pumping well at Spotswood Pumping Station. The meter features a chart recorder to record fluctuations in water pressure, and the rate of flow was indicated on six small dial gauges. The instrument is enclosed in a glass case.

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'The little green book', 1995

This is a booklet titled 'The little green book: a kids handy guide to caring for the environment', published by Cadbury Australia. The front cover displays six of Cadbury's 'Yowie' characters. The booklet measures 210 mm by 148 mm.

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'Easy ways to be a water saver' brochure, 2003

This is a brochure promoting water conservation, published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The blue-and-white cover includes the title - 'Easy ways to be a water saver', a background design showing water rippling, and the Victorian Government's 'Our water our future' logo. ...

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'Watersmart: garden and homes rebate scheme' brochure, 2003

This is a colour brochure promoting domestic water conservation in gardens and homes. It was published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The cover shows a man selecting a water-efficient showerhead, and a woman in the background also looking at showerheads. Text on the cover ...

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Environmental intelligence unit

This is an interactive web-based game aimed at teaching concepts of sustainability and environmentalism. An introductory video outlines problems resulting from rising rates of pollution. The game consists of four missions that require students to make choices about reducing, reusing and recycling to discover the missing ...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost

This learning sequence examines the waste management strategies of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

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Turning rubbish into animals

Recycling can take many forms. Watch this video to discover how one artist in tropical north Queensland uses rubbish found on beaches to create beautiful and thought provoking artworks.

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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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Banana waste into high-value products

Have you heard the expression 'One man's trash is another man's treasure'? Discover an innovative Australian technology that turns banana farm waste into high-value products that have generated worldwide interest. See what makes this waste product potentially useful to farmers in developing countries.

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Recycling banana waste

Have you ever wondered what happens to the on-farm waste from our food crops? It's not all left to rot into the soil. Watch as an innovative farmer joins forces with a clever engineer to turn farm waste into a new product with unique properties.

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Wastewater: treated well, it's not just a waste

This set of three short videos shows the treatment processes for wastewater in a first world community. Process engineers talk about wastewater and how they treat it.

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Your rubbish pile: reduce your waste

Look at a huge pile of rubbish that the average Australian produces every year. Take action to reduce the pile. Choose whether to reduce, reuse, recycle, or throw away household items such as bottles, cans, plastic bags, paper and food waste. Look at background information on the main options for dealing with waste. Consider ...

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Your rubbish pile: managing waste

Look at a huge pile of rubbish that the average Australian produces every year. Take action to reduce the pile. Choose whether to reduce, reuse, recycle, or throw away household items such as bottles, cans, plastic bags, paper and food waste. Consider the consequences of large volumes of rubbish sent to landfill sites. ...