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Model of Nancy Bird Walton's Gipsy Moth, c1960

This is a wood and metal model of the aircraft VH-UTN, 'Vincere', the De Havilland 60G Gipsy Moth owned by Nancy Bird Walton. It is painted silver with blue detailing. The model maker is unknown but it is thought to have been made in Australia around 1960.


Beechcraft Queenair B80 air ambulance, 1966

This twin-engine aircraft was the first official air ambulance to operate in NSW. It was built by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of the USA in 1966.

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Global workplace: nurse

Find out whether you are suited to working in another country as a nurse. Identify your job and lifestyle preferences. Compare your preferences with working conditions and cultural environments in other countries. For example, attitudes toward punctuality vary between countries. Explore which factors affect your suitability ...


Beyond the furthest fences, 1947: The AIM nursing hostel, Birdsville

This silent clip shows the working activities of nursing sisters at the Australian Inland Mission (AIM) nursing hostel at Birdsville in Queensland in 1947. A sister is shown bandaging a young girl's finger and applying drops to a boy's eye, with close-up shots revealing her skill. Footage of goats in a pen is followed by ...


Melbourne Chinese Orchestra Selections, 1931

This black-and-white clip shows part of a traditional Chinese musical performance on stage by eight members of the Melbourne Chinese Orchestra in 1931. The clip begins with a caption reading: 'SELECTIONS / Melbourne Chinese Orchestra', shown on the closed stage curtain. The music begins at the same time and then the curtain ...


Dismissal of prime minister Whitlam, 1975

This is a collection of 12 digital curriculum resources focusing on one of the most controversial events in Australia's constitutional history - the dismissal of prime minister Gough Whitlam by the governor-general Sir John Kerr on 11 November 1975. The collection includes important historical documents, news footage, re-enactments, ...


Governor-general Sir Isaac Isaacs in ceremonial uniform, 1930

This full-length black-and-white photographic portrait is of Sir Isaac Isaacs, the ninth governor-general of Australia. The photograph was taken at the governor-general's official Sydney residence, Admiralty House, and shows Isaacs wearing the gold-laced ceremonial uniform of office complete with sword and gloves, and the ...


British colonial secretary queries the selection of Australia's first prime minister, 1900

This is the telegram sent by the British colonial secretary in London, Joseph Chamberlain, to Australia's governor-general-designate Lord Hopetoun, asking for an explanation of Hopetoun's decision to invite Sir William Lyne and not Edmund Barton to form a government as Australia's first prime minister. Hopetoun received ...


Barton's Oath of Allegiance, 1 January 1901

This is the oath of allegiance to Queen Victoria and 'Her Heirs and Successors according to law' signed by Edmund Barton as he was sworn in to the first government ministry of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January 1901. The governor-general, Lord Hopetoun, countersigned to witness that the oath had been 'sworn and ...


Governor Lachlan Macquarie's sword and dirk

This is a curved sword and scabbard, and a dirk and scabbard, that both belonged to Lachlan Macquarie, governor of the colony of New South Wales from the end of the Rum Rebellion in 1810 until 1821. The sword has the pattern of a Scottish infantry officer's sword and the number 73 is engraved on the main knuckle-bow. It ...


Inventory of the cabin trunk of Sister Hilda Mary Knox, 1917

This inventory details the contents of a cabin trunk belonging to Sister Hilda Mary Knox, a nurse in the Australian Army Nursing Service, at the time of her death from suspected cerebrospinal meningitis in France in 1917. The contents were later forwarded to her father, James B Knox, in Benalla, Victoria. The list includes ...


Royal Commission of Assent to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 1900

This document, titled Royal Commission of Assent to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900, was signed by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900. The Queen's assent enacted the Australian Constitution, founding the Commonwealth of Australia. It is a single sheet of vellum measuring 51 cm x 66 cm. The name Muir McKenzie ...


Letters Patent constituting the office of governor-general of Australia, 1900

This document, signed by Queen Victoria on 29 October 1900, established the office of the governor-general of Australia. Known as the 'Letters Patent', it comprises two large pages of parchment measuring 60 cm x 58 cm with an elaborately decorated border that includes the royal coat of arms and figures representing justice, ...


Fall of the Deakin government and formation of the Watson government, 1904

These two cablegrams form part of correspondence from the governor-general's office reporting the fall of the Deakin government to the British secretary of state for the colonies on 22 and 23 April 1904. The first cablegram refers to an amendment and is signed by governor-general Lord Northcote. The second document begins ...


Governor-general thanks the Australian Parliament for its 'congratulations on the great Victory', 1918

This is part of a reply dated 13 November 1918 from the governor-general of Australia, Sir Ronald Munro-Ferguson, in which he recognises Australia's pride in 'the part played by her sons' in the struggle to achieve victory in the First World War (1914-18). He specifically praises the efforts of the navy, the soldiers and ...


Vivian Bullwinkel's citation for courage, 1946

This is the formal recommendation for Lieutenant Vivian Bullwinkel's award of Associate of the Royal Red Cross (ARRC). The form gives her army personnel details and outlines her actions leading to the recommendation of the award for her courage and devotion to duty. The stamp of Lieutenant General V A H Sturdee approves ...


Second Boer War nurses, 1899

This is a black-and-white photograph of six South Australian women. The image is mounted on green board under the heading 'PATRIOTIC NURSES FOR SOUTH AFRICA'. The women's names are Miss A B Stephenson, Miss A G Cocks, Miss M O'Shanahan, Miss E A Watts, Miss M S Bidmead and Miss A M Glenie. Taken in an Adelaide studio, the ...


Australian women and the First World War

This collection of 22 digital curriculum resources focuses on Australian women's roles in the First World War (1914-18) and in the War's aftermath. It is organised into five categories - nurses at home and at the front; voluntary work supporting the troops; farewelling and waiting for loved ones; women's role in propaganda; ...


Early years of the Flying Doctor Service

This collection of seven digital curriculum resources focuses on the Flying Doctor Service from its first year in 1928 to the Service's first 40 years of operation. The collection is organised into three categories - the first year of operations; contacting the Flying Doctor Service; and the Flying Doctor Service at work ...


Tombs of the nobles at Aswan (Swenet)

This is a colour clip showing the city of Aswan on the eastern bank of the Nile in Upper Egypt. Accompanied by an expert commentary, the clip shows Aswan today and traffic on the Nile before shifting scene to the western bank. Here in the necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa, the rock-cut tombs of local governors are featured, ...