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Gunflint, c1880

This is a stone gunflint, a piece of stone used inside a flintlock firearm to ignite the gunpowder. The gunflint was uncovered in an archaeological dig of the area known as 'Little Lon', Melbourne, in 2003. It does not appear to have been used.

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Australian biography: Sir Marcus Oliphant, 1991

'Sir Marcus Oliphant' is an excerpt from the program 'Sir Marcus Oliphant' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian biography' series one (7 x 26 min), produced in 1991. The 'Australian biography' series profiles some of the most extraordinary Australians of our time. Many have had a major influence on the nation's cultural, ...

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'The exploits of the 'Emden'', 1928

This still image is from the 1928 film 'The exploits of the ''Emden'''. This image shows naval ratings (non-commissioned sailors) manning the gun on the Australian battle cruiser 'HMAS Sydney', which sank the German cruiser 'Emden' near the Cocos Islands in 1914. The image has been signed with the words 'Remembrance of ...

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War dance in 1851

This is a watercolour painting created by the military artist Captain T J Grant in 1851. The image shows a Mäori woman holding a mere pounamu (greenstone hand weapon) and leading six male Mäori warriors in a war dance. The first male warrior holds a tewhatewha (a close combat weapon around 2 metres long); the second, fourth ...

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Mäori weapons taken at Te Ranga, 1864

This is an ink watercolour by Lieutenant Horatio Robley entitled 'Mäori arms taken at Te Ranga 21 June 1864', which appeared in 'The Illustrated London News' of September 1864. It shows weapons captured after the British victory over Ngäi Te Rangi (a Mäori tribe) at Te Ranga on 21 June 1864. The weapons are numbered and ...

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Milt Cottee describes RAAF air attacks in the Korean War, 2007

This is an edited sound recording of former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Group Captain Milt Cottee describing attack missions in single-seater Mustang planes such as those he piloted in the Korean War (1950-53). Cottee outlines the range of weapons carried and the types of targets they were used against. He also gives ...

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Toy Nike Missile, 1955-58

This is a toy Nike Missile with its original box. It was made between 1955 and 1958. The toy comprises a plastic tube shaped like a missile with a red nose-cone and white barrel. Inside the missile is a folded parachute. On the ground is a strong rubber band with a yellow plastic handle similar to a sling shot. The label ...

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Slingshot, c1984-87

This is a slingshot, also known as a shanghai or catapult. It was handmade in the mid-1980s, its maker using the fork of a tree branch. This object is part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection held at Museum Victoria. Its overall dimensions are: length 7.20 cm x width 1.50 cm x height 14.00 cm.

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Armstrong Mitchell Gatling gun, 1884

This is an Armstrong Mitchell Gatling gun. The gun consists of ten barrels within a brass jacket and is mounted in a yoke towards the rear of the barrel allowing for vertical adjustment. A semicircular blade beneath the pivot point maintains the alignment during movement. There is a wooden handle at the rear that is used ...

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Mollie Bodman and another woman hunting in grasstree scrub, St Margaret Island, c1910

This is a black-and-white photograph of two women hunting in a landscape of trees and grasstree scrub on St Margaret Island, about 1910. One of the women, Mollie Bodman, is holding a gun. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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First World War diary - Corporal S W Siddeley, 27 August - 23 September 1915

This brown-covered notebook is the third volume of a diary kept by Corporal S W Siddeley. This volume was written from 27 August to 23 September 1915. The complete diary consists of three notebooks, written between October 1914 and September 1915. It contains graphic details of the landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli and ...

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First World War diary - Corporal S W Siddeley, 4 Apr 1915 - 11 May 1915

This is the leather-bound second volume of a diary kept by Corporal S W Siddeley. This volume was written from 4 April to 11 May 1915. The complete diary consists of three notebooks, written between October 1914 and September 1915. It contains graphic details of the landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli and of the campaign, ...

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First World War diary - Corporal S W Siddeley, 21 Oct 1914 - 15 Jan 1915

This is the first of three volumes of a diary kept by Corporal S W Siddeley. This volume was written between 21 October 1914 - 15 January 1915. The complete diary consists of three notebooks, written between October 1914 and September 1915. It contains graphic details of the landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli and of the ...

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First World War diary - Bombadier Langley Clarke, 13 Nov 1916 - 11 Jul 1917

This is the second volume of a diary kept by Bombardier L E Clarke, 40th Battery, 24th Brigade, Australian Imperial Forces. The diary is a battered blue-coloured notebook with a black cloth handle at the top. Entries date from 13 November 1916 to 11 July 1917 and also include a collection of song lyrics. This diary is part ...

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First World War diary - Langley Clarke, 1 Jul 1915 - 12 Nov 1916

This is the first volume of a diary kept by Bombardier L E Clarke, 40th Battery, 24th Brigade, Australian Imperial Force. Entries begin on 11 July 1915 and close on 12 November 1916 and also include a collection of song lyrics. The diary is part of the Military Memorabilia Collection at Museum Victoria. It measures 99 mm ...

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Boy's diagram of a rocket ship, 1957

This is a hand-drawn diagram of a rocket ship by young Denis Cox, sent in October 1957 to 'A top scientist at Woomera Rocket Range, South Australia'. It links to an online showcase called 'Find of the Month' via an educational resource page in the National Archives Virtual Reading Room (VRROOM). The 'Find of the Month' ...

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Second atomic bombing of Japan at Nagasaki, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the mushroom cloud rising from the explosion of an atomic bomb with an estimated force of 20,000 tonnes of TNT, 560 m above Nagasaki, Japan, on 9 August 1945. Part of the wing of the camera plane that accompanied the bomb-carrying plane can be seen at bottom right. The image ...

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1950s nuclear tests: Monte Bello Islands

Discover what happened when British nuclear tests were carried out on Australian territory at the Monte Bello Islands, just 70 kilometres off the Western Australian coast. In 1947, Britain began to develop its own nuclear weapons and in the early 1950s the Australian Liberal-Country Party government led by Robert Menzies ...

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Tragic consequences of Japan's modernisation

Japan went through a remarkable transformation between 1868 and the death of the Emperor Meiji in 1912. But Japan's modernisation was accompanied by its rise as an imperialist power, with tragic results. Watch this clip to learn about the consequences of Japan's dream of empire. This clip is last in a series of six.

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Creating music from guns

Discover why an artist makes musical instruments from guns as we take a look at Mexican artist Pedro Reyes's exhibition 'Disarm' at NGV International, the National Gallery of Victoria. Reyes has, with the help of local artisans, constructed instruments using parts from weapons confiscated by the Mexican government.