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Botanical model of a lilac flower, 1865-84

This is a botanical model of a lilac flower, manufactured in France sometime between 1865 and 1884. It is made of painted papier-mâché and mounted on a circular wooden stand. The model features a tall stem that is removable in two parts. The green section of the stem can be removed from the wooden stand, while the flower ...

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Anatomical model of a male silkworm moth, 1884

This is an anatomical model of a male silkworm moth manufactured in France in 1884. The model is constructed of papier-mâché, and the body is bullet-shaped and has a light covering of silk. It has six legs. The two wings on each side of the body are made of copper wire covered with translucent paper. The small head has ...

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Anatomical model of a female silkworm moth, 1884

This is an anatomical model of a female silkworm moth manufactured in France in 1884. The model is constructed of papier-mâché, and the body is bullet-shaped and has a light covering of silk. It has six legs. The two wings on each side of the body are made of copper wire covered with translucent paper. The small head has ...

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Model of the Welcome Nugget, 1858-85

This is a plaster of Paris model of the Welcome Nugget, made between 1858 and 1885 by an unknown craftsman. It is painted gold and green and has a nobbly surface. The Welcome Nugget was found at Ballarat, Victoria, in 1858.

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Boulton and Watt steam engine, 1785

This is a Boulton and Watt steam engine, a double-acting beam type made of cast and wrought iron. It was made by the firm of Boulton and Watt in Birmingham, England, in 1785. It was used at Whitbread's Brewery in London between 1785 and 1887.

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Strasburg clock model by Richard Bartholomew Smith, 1887

This is a large-scale (1:5) working model of the original astronomical Strasbourg clock in Strasbourg Cathedral in France. This model was made from wood, metal, paper and paint in Australia between 1887 and 1889. The wooden clock case is carved and painted, and detailed with gold paint. The clock displays the position of ...

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Australian 'goldfields' brooch commissioned by Edward Austin, c1855

This is a rectangular rusticated wire framework brooch that features miniature copies of mining equipment. In the centre, a miner works a windlass and bucket above a sluice box. On either side is a crossed pick and shovel. The whole brooch is surrounded by a framework of leaves. It was made in about 1855.

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Tibetan ceremonial bell, 18th century

This is a brass Tibetan ceremonial bell known as a 'drilbu'. It was made in Tibet between 1700 and 1800. The body of the bell features ornate decoration, a tall handle with a circular hollow middle, a face on one side and a crowned top. Inside the bell a metal loop holds a long rusted metal clapper.

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Boar's head covered tureen, 1878

This is a large tureen and cover manufactured by Mintons in England in 1878. The tureen and cover is sculpted in the shape of a boar's head with upward-pointing snout and tusks, recessed eyes and ears swept back. The textured fur is painted with rich aubergine and brown glazes and is covered in places with green oak leaves ...

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Bendigo Pottery 'Waverley Ware' jug, c1925-35

This is an earthenware 'Waverley Ware' jug with a low, sharply carinated body, wishbone handle and long spout, manufactured at some stage between 1925 and 1935. The jug has been glazed in brown and streaked with a lighter colour. Fixed to one side of the jug is an oval silver paper label.

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Leather convict caps, 1820-65

These are folding leather convict caps made in Britain and worn in Australia between 1820 and 1865. They feature high creased crowns and semicircular folding sides, which could be tied up above the crown or let down to form a brim. All are hand sewn and have leather lining and a leather-bound brim.

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Woollen convict cap, 1820-55

This is a man's grey woollen convict cap with high creased crown and curved sides. 'BO' (Board of Ordnance) is stamped in ochre-coloured paint on the lower rim. It was manufactured either in Australia or Britain sometime between 1820 and 1855.

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'Gold fields of Australia' board game, 1853-56

This is a board game based on the goldfields of Australia, made by Darton and Co sometime between 1853 and 1856. The game is enclosed in a red canvas cover that has the appearance of a book when closed. The cover features an image of a family in a bullock cart, and people standing around the cart holding picks and sacks ...

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Wedding dress worn by Hannah Palser Prior, 1882

This is a wedding dress worn by Hannah Palser Prior on her wedding day in 1882. The dress is made from silk gauze and has a cream wool-and-silk trained bustle. The skirt is trimmed with shirring and pleating and the cuffs and yoke are ruched white satin. The dress has a cuirasse bodice with a high round neck, long sleeves ...

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Zoological garden paper theatre, 1860-70

This is a toy paper theatre with a zoological-garden theme. It was probably made in Germany during the decade 1860-70. The set includes 46 separate cardboard cut-outs (some shown) depicting various parts of a zoological garden. Each has been printed lithographically in monochrome and then handpainted using aniline dyes. ...

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Convict jacket, 1855-80

This is a convict jacket of black and yellow felted wool, manufactured in England and worn in Australia sometime between 1855 and 1880. The jacket is short with front buttoning, a high stand-up collar, and a long, shaped sleeve with buttoned cuff. Of the original six metal painted black buttons, three are missing. The torso, ...

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Pull-along toy horse, 1875-1900

This is a pull-along toy horse made in Germany sometime between 1870 and 1900. The horse is in a walking position and has been placed on a moulded timber platform that is inset with four cast-iron spoked wheels. The body is covered in brown-and-white animal skin, probably calf hide. The horse has a silver mane and tail, ...

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Female doll used by Eliza Wilkins, 1840-49

This is a female doll manufactured in Germany around 1840-49. It has a wax head and legs and a cloth body stuffed with sawdust. The doll's face is finely toned, with hazel-coloured glass 'sleeping eyes' that can be opened and shut by a wire mechanism at the waist. Dark brown human hair has been finely stitched onto cloth ...

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'Race to the gold diggings of Australia' board game, 1850-69

This is a 'Race to the gold diggings of Australia' board game made in England between 1850 and 1869. The game board is a hand-coloured lithograph mounted on linen. There is a printed rule card, six painted ship pieces with stands and a cardboard teetotum, all of which would have been stored in a wooden case with an illustrated ...

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Solar heater designed by Lawrence Hargrave, 1907-12

This is a metal solar heater designed by Lawrence Hargrave between 1907 and 1912. The varnished wooden base comprises two triangular boards: one horizontal and one attached at a 50-degree angle. The base supports a brass rod that sits at a 45-degree angle. Mounted on the end of the rod is a wide metal cone painted silver ...