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North Yanco House, Yanco, 1900-17

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows a two-storey brick-and-sandstone homestead in Yanco, New South Wales, owned by Sir Samuel McCaughey (1832-1919). Features of the house include hipped roofs, arcaded porches ...


'Founding a Homestead', 1884-1917

This is a full plate glass negative entitled 'Founding a Homestead' was taken by Sydney photographic studio Kerry and Co at an unknown location some time between 1884 and 1917. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format depicts two men in a horsedrwn cart in the middle of a field of felled trees. A ...


'Founding a Dairy Farm', 1884-1917

This full plate glass negative entitled 'Founding a Dairy Farm' was takenby Sydney photographic studio Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format depicts cattle in a field which is in the process of being fenced. The caption, studio number and studio ...


Grazing sheep, 1880-1920

This is a full plate glass negative of sheep grazing in a paddock beside a road. There is evidence of severe erosion of a creek bank in the foreground, and hills are visible in the distance. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative, but are scratched out. 'Kerry Photo Sydney' ...


Horsedrawn cultivator manufactured by Daniel Harvey, c1935

This is a black-and-white photograph of a man operating a horsedrawn cultivator in an orchard. The machine was manufactured by Daniel Harvey Ltd of Box Hill, Victoria, agricultural implement manufacturers. The photograph's dimensions are: length 11.2 cm x width 6.6 cm.


Sheep ready for shearing, Swan Hill, 1959

This is a black-and-white image depicting four men herding a group of sheep into a shearing pen on a Swan Hill farm. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 103 mm x height: 100 mm.


Man shearing sheep, Swan Hill, 1959

This is a black-and-white image depicting a male shearer using electric shears to shear a sheep. It was taken in a shearing shed on a farm in Swan Hill, Victoria, and is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. The photograph's dimensions are: width, 103 mm x height, 100 mm.


Timber hut at Hugh McKay's family farm, 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph of the blacksmith's hut in which Hugh McKay, owner of the Sunshine Harvester Works, created his first stripper harvester. The timber hut is seen in 1928 in its original location in Drummartin in rural Victoria, prior to its relocation to the Sunshine Harvester factory in Melbourne's ...


Sunshine harvester at McKay family home, c1884-86

This is a black-and-white photograph of a Sunshine harvester, produced by inventor and industrialist Hugh Victor McKay. The harvester, left, is sitting outside the original wooden-slab 'smithy', or blacksmith's workshop, at the McKay family home at Drummartin, west of Elmore, Victoria. On the right are an unknown bearded ...


Mollie Bodman and Gray O'Connor sitting on farmhouse verandah, Won Wron, c1912

This is a black-and-white photograph showing two young women, Mollie Bodman and Gray O'Connor, sitting on the porch at Trenton Valley farmhouse in Won Wron, near Yarram, in about 1912. They are both formally dressed. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.


Memorial plaque honouring committee members of Women on Farms Gatherings, 1998

This is a polished cross-section of mallee stump with a small carved single-furrow plough attached at the top. A brass plate near the top is engraved with: 'Women on farms Gatherings / In memory of / Past committee members'. Under this are four smaller plaques acknowledging past members. A small plaque near the base is ...


Wooden bowl - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Shepparton, 2007

This is a wooden bowl carved from 80-year-old pear wood. The bowl has a base carved from one piece of wood, with small strips built above it to form the whole shape. The bowl was made by Willis Munday, a member of Woodturners of the Goulburn Valley Inc and measures 19 cm wide x 11 cm high.


Workboot - symbolic icon for Women on Farms Gathering at Warragul, 1999

This is an old workboot that was selected as an icon for the 1999 Women on Farms Gathering, held in Warragul in southern Victoria. The boot, which is very worn, is an ankle boot with elasticised sides. It is mottled brown and speckled with white markings. The brand name Blundstone is visible on the side of the heel. The ...


Letter to Leading Aircraftman Howard Kellehear from Nell, 5 Jan 1942

This is a four-page letter, handwritten on lined paper with four emblems printed along the top edge in red and blue: ACF, RSL, THE SALVATION ARMY and YMCA. It measures 24.7 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.

Interactive resource

Chev truck interactive game

In this Flash interactive students explore a 'Chev' truck from the 1930s and 1940s and play a game about how it was used in everyday life. The Chev was a common farm vehicle used in Australia during that time.


Laughing tobacco farmers, 1940

This is a black-and-white photograph of a Polish couple, Mr and Mrs Andrew Lyman, tobacco farmers near Windsor Locks in Connecticut, USA. They are both laughing and Andrew Lyman appears to be pulling up his pants. The couple are in their working clothes and rows of tobacco leaves are drying above their heads. This well-known ...

Moving Image

Where does bread come from?

Do you know where your bread comes from? Discover how many other foods can be made from wheat flour. This clip tells the story of wheat from the farm to the factory. See how the big machines in a flour mill make flour from grains of wheat.

Moving Image

Growing apples

Do you like eating apples? This clip shows where apples are grown. Learn how the apple farmer (orchardist) looks after the apple trees so they can grow lots of healthy fruit.

Teacher resource

From Paddock to Plate

Discover where our food comes from and how it gets to our table. Explore farming practices and the processes involved in producing familiar food products. Use video clips to investigate the biological needs of food crops and farm animals. Explore the diversity of foods that may be produced from a range of agricultural produce.


Growing pineapples at Victoria Point

This is an excerpt from a silent newsreel made in 1929 by the Australian Development and Migration Commission, entitled 'Glimpses of Australia No. 13. Some northern fruits'. It begins with the intertitle, 'Victoria Point, adjoining Cleveland, is a large pineapple-growing district.' and shows pineapples being grown and picked ...