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Just Peanuts, 1954: Processing peanuts

This clip from an industrial documentary made in 1954 shows the processing of peanuts from roasting to the production of peanut butter. Peanuts emerge from roasting ovens for cooling, blanching and husking. Uniformed female operators remove imperfect nuts from a conveyor belt. The nuts are crushed into peanut butter, extruded ...

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Polishing marble for Melocco Bros, 1984

This is a 1984 photograph of Peter Panelli and Peter Cremesco, two Italian migrants, polishing marble at the Melocco Bros masonry works in Sydney. The workers are handling a large slab of white marble, which is on a conveyor belt leading into a large metal box-like machine, probably containing the polisher.

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Road building, Canberra, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph taken looking south along Mort Street, Braddon, a suburb of Canberra, in 1927. The surface of the road is being 'macadamised'. In the centre of the photo, steam can be seen rising from a steam roller, and in the background behind it can be seen the Civic Centre. On the left-hand side ...

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The Australian Ballet's 'My name is Edward Kelly', 1990

This is a colour photograph of a scene from The Australian Ballet's performance of 'My name is Edward Kelly' in May 1990, the month it premiered at the Sydney Opera House. Holding the rifle on the left-hand side is Adam Marchant ('Joe Byrne'); with his back to the camera, holding the pistol, is Steven Heathcote ('Ned Kelly'); ...

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Storing the harvester, 1884-1917

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 'Sunshine' stripper-harvester, with the name 'Hugh V. McKay' inscribed on it, being moved by two men and three young boys into storage in a hay shed. A young girl is sitting ...

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Sheep washing at 'Collaroy' station, 1872

This is an image from a wood engraving, measuring 35.0 cm x 23.6 cm, showing an elaborate steam-driven sheep washing plant at 'Collaroy' station in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales. It shows sheep moving through several stages of scouring, washing and rinsing. Large boilers and engines are housed in sheds on the ...

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 18

This is an excerpt from the end of a black-and-white film titled 'Mineral wealth', produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 to highlight Australia's mineral wealth. The commentary is backed by light organ music. The excerpt shows some of the operations at the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP) ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 12 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve working conditions in the early 1950s. The opening scene shows horse-driven drays moving goods on a Sydney wharf. The ...

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Sugar production, c1962 - asset 1

This is a clip taken from silent colour film footage, shot in about 1962, illustrating aspects of sugar production in the Maryborough district of south-east Queensland. The clip shows a red Massey Ferguson tractor with a harvesting machine attached being driven along the edge of a plantation field of sugar cane that has ...

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Sugar production, c1962 - asset 3

This is a clip taken from silent colour film footage, shot in about 1962, illustrating aspects of sugar production in the Maryborough district of south-east Queensland. The clip was filmed at the Maryborough Sugar Factory and its opening shot shows juice from crushed sugar cane falling into a steel trough. The next shot ...

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Sugar production, c1962 - asset 4

This is a clip taken from silent colour film footage, shot in about 1962, illustrating aspects of sugar production in the Maryborough district of south-east Queensland. The clip shows part of the inside of the Maryborough Sugar Factory. The first scene shows a mixture of mud and fine cane fibre (bagasse) dropping from filters ...

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Sugar production, c1962 - asset 5

This is a clip taken from silent colour film footage, shot in about 1962, illustrating aspects of sugar production in the Maryborough district of south-east Queensland. A sequence of medium and close-up shots shows three men working in a section of the Maryborough Sugar Factory. Hessian bags are being filled with raw sugar ...

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Sugar production, c1962 - asset 6

This is a clip taken from silent colour film footage, shot in about 1962, illustrating aspects of sugar production in the Maryborough district of south-east Queensland. The clip, shot outdoors at the Maryborough Sugar Factory, opens with a scene showing bulk sugar being loaded into a rail wagon through a hopper. This scene ...

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For Love or Money, 1983: A very efficient secretary

This clip shows black-and-white and colour footage of the world of work for women in Australia in the 1960s. Women at that time, including married women, were being urged into the workplace. Women in factory production lines are shown, followed by footage of women doing office work at typewriters, adding machines and early ...

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Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, 2001: Ballet outdoors

This clip shows part of a re-enactment of 'L'Après-midi d'un Faune' ('The Afternoon of a Faun'), a dance performance originally choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky. The young faun meets six nymphs in the forest, who are at once attracted to and frightened by him. One drops a scarf, which the Faun finds and makes love to in ...

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Life Savers, Cryst-O-Mint Flavour, 1925: Factory visit

This clip shows part of a silent black-and-white advertisement for Life Saver sweets. The clip opens with Williams and Betty entering her father's 'Mint Products Company' building in New York City. Their story is punctuated by cuts back to Cudgy, Betty's unrequited lover, letting down the tyres of Williams's sports car. ...

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Steven Heathcote recalls portraying Ned Kelly, 2005

This is an edited sound recording of leading Australian ballet dancer Steven Heathcote. He is recalling dancing the role of the bushranger Ned Kelly in the Australian Ballet's 1990 production of 'My name is Edward Kelly'. He outlines the mixed public perceptions of the character and the emotional challenges of the role. ...

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Australian Ballet: primary school resources

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on past and present productions. This web page provides short synopses of the stories behind four classic ballets from past and present Australian Ballet seasons. The ballets include: Cinderella, COPPÉLIA, Swan Lake, and The ...

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The Nutcracker: primary and secondary school resources

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on their productions. In this re-imagining of Tchaikovsky's the Nutcracker, the story of Clara is transported to 1950s Australia where the once famous Russian ballerina is reflecting on her past life and its triumphs and travails ...

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Discovering costume design with the Queensland Ballet

Watch this clip to learn about the role of a ballet costume designer. What is the aim of a costume designer? Why is it important for costume designers to work with lighting designers and set designers?