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Harvesting New Zealand cockles

This is a colour photograph of two people collecting New Zealand cockles ('Austrovenus stutchburyi') in shallow sea water. The cockles are being dug by hand from a sand flat and placed into buckets. (Classification - Phylum: Mollusca; Class: Bivalvia; Order: Veneroida; Family Veneridae.)

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Cockles' role in food webs

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Stephen Wing, from the University of Otago in New Zealand, discussing the role cockles ('Austrovenus stutchburyi') play in marine food webs in New Zealand. (Classification - Phylum: Mollusca; Class: Bivalvia; Order: Veneroida; Family Veneridae.)

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Bookcase, c1880

This is a free-standing pine bookcase, measuring 251 cm x 110 cm x 52 cm, made by an unknown craftsman in about 1880. The base incorporates two drawers and a double-door cupboard. The upper part has bookshelves that have been set behind glass-panelled doors. The timber used in its construction is Huon pine, which has a ...

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Crazy patchwork quilt, 1890-95

This is a crazy patchwork quilt, measuring 202.5 cm x 268.0 cm, made by Rebecca King (1859-1915) in the late 19th century. The 'crazy' elements are immediately evident as the eye begins to take a journey across a spinning mosaic of different shapes and colours, which the artist created by sewing hundreds of small units ...

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Translucent shell of a 'Cardiaspina' lerp insect

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration of the translucent, shell-like cover secreted onto a leaf by a sap-sucking, lerp insect ('Cardiaspina textrix'). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hemiptera, Family: Psyllidae.)

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Translucent shell of a 'Creiis' lerp insect

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration of the translucent, shell-like cover secreted by a sap sucking, lerp insect ('Creiis costatus'). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hemiptera, Family: Psyllidae.)

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Two scrimshaw pieces, c1840 and c1860

These are two pieces of scrimshaw made from sperm whale teeth by unknown artists. Designs have been incised into the teeth and filled in with black and coloured inks. The piece on the right was made in around 1860 and shows a woman in a crinoline - she wears a hat and a patterned coat and dress. She stands on a decorated ...

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Sternboard of the 'Ville de Bordeaux', c1836

This is a painted wooden sternboard from the 'Ville de Bordeaux', built in 1836, featuring a family shipping crest with cornucopias showing overflowing fruit. The current colour scheme is not the original paintwork and was probably added in the 1950s. The sternboard measures 153 cm (height) x 85 cm (width) x 10 cm (depth).

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'Precious horse shaking the money tree', c1930s

This is a papercut that was acquired by Hedda Morrison during her years of residence in China between 1933 and 1946. The design of the papercut, which has been created out of a piece of red paper, features the silhouettes of two horses, one large and one small. The large horse is standing side-on beside a tree with four ...

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Shelters at Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve, 1883

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in 1883, of a group of Indigenous people outside a traditional 'mia mia' shelter at the Coranderrk Reserve in Victoria. A man and four children, all standing, are dressed in European-style clothing. A woman, seated on the ground, appears to be wearing a possum-skin cloak. In the ...

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Bivalve mollusc

This is a colour photograph of a collection of bivalve molluscs ('Theora lubrica').

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Mussels on the market

A seafood company in Triabunna, south-eastern Tasmania, has embarked on a new endeavour: growing and harvesting mussels. Although mussels are nutritious and relatively easy to cook, Australia's consumption levels are very low compared to those in other places in the world. Could the company's new product change the way ...

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Down on the mussel farm in Tasmania

Australia's largest and deepest mussel farm is located in the pristine waters on Tasmania's east coast. Watch this clip to find out about blue-lipped mussels growing in Spring Bay Seafoods' 1,700 hectare farm and the aquatic environment that supports them. This is a farm quite unlike most farms you may be familiar with.