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Scenes on the Clarence River

This is a silent home movie, made about 1943, which appears to have been taken at a Grafton regatta. Footage includes: spectators, some sitting in tiered seating to facilitate viewing and others sitting on a wall with their legs dangling over the edge; small sailing boats; several different types of rowing craft and rowers; ...

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Boats at Sorrento

This is a black-and-white silent film clip showing two canoes, one with a small sail, and two larger boats crowded with people at Sorrento, a popular holiday resort within half a day's travel from Melbourne. It comes from the 1922 film, 'Sorrento', showing the area's attractions for tourists.

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Saibai Island canoe

Take a traditional Torres Strait Island ocean-going canoe on a fishing trip and discover the importance of the sea to the local people. Explore a map of the Torres Strait Islands showing the main island groups. Examine a traditional outrigger canoe from Saibai Island. Look at the origins and construction of the hull, sails, ...

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'Bananas' cartoon by John Farmer, 2006

This cartoon by John Farmer is about a sudden rise in the cost of bananas and the effect of that increase on Australia's inflation rate. It shows B1 from the ABC television series 'Bananas in Pyjamas' holding a newspaper with the headline 'Bananas responsible for inflation rise'. B1 says to an innocent looking B2, 'What ...

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A motor launch works at Hobart in 1913

This is a short excerpt from a silent 1913 black-and-white newsreel, entitled 'Hobart Regatta 1913', comprising a slow pan by a hand-held camera of a section of Hobart's River Derwent, where various boats appear to be under construction or repair. The scene includes Abel's Motor Launch Works with a motor launch and a couta ...

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Boats at the 1913 Hobart regatta

This is a short excerpt from a 1913 silent black-and-white newsreel, entitled 'Hobart Regatta 1913'. It begins with a brief shot of a man smoking a pipe as he doffs his cap to the camera, followed by a scene of a motor launch with many children and several adults on board. Different boats are then shown, including a large ...

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Mount Martha Beach, Victoria, 1971

This is a 1971 colour photograph of a group of teenagers sunbaking at Mount Martha Beach, on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. The scene depicts recreational activities at the beach including catamaran sailing, as well as some of the iconic bathing boxes and boatsheds of that area.

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Incat catamaran vehicle deck, c2000 - asset 2

This is a section of an empty vehicle deck on a ferry that was constructed by Incat Pty Ltd in Hobart, Tasmania. The deck is reinforced by fixed yellow supports placed at an angle. Orange warning lights can be seen on two of the supports. Two mezzanine platforms designed to hold cars (one only partially visible) are shown ...

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Incat Tasmania catamaran design, 2000

This is a 'general arrangement' (in colour), a series of design drawings of 'The Cat', a 98-m Evolution 10B wave-piercing catamaran built by Incat Tasmania in Hobart. The image at the top features profile drawings of the completed vessel painted in the operator's colours; a cutaway highlighting the vehicular decks; and ...

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Incat military catamaran at wharf, 2001

This is the 'HSV-X1 Joint Venture', a 96-m wave-piercing catamaran built by Incat Tasmania in Hobart. The vessel is shown berthed at a snow-covered wharf in the USA, and there are two men walking up one of its stern ramps. A small number of vehicles are partially visible on the cargo deck.

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Model of the Princess of Tasmania passenger ferry, 2004

This is a model of the Bass Strait passenger ferry 'Princess of Tasmania', in a perspex case. It was made from wood and perspex by Iain Scott-Stevenson for the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, in 2004. The model is finely finished, complete with decks, lifeboats, radio masts and deck equipment. The hull is beige and the decks ...

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John Ellerbock smoking cigarette on boat, with family, Mordialloc, 1960

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Ellerbock family on a boat at Mordialloc. John Ellerbock is smoking a cigarette while surrounded by his children Ingrid, Herb, Anna and John Jr. The photograph was taken in 1960. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Men transporting homemade boat, Brighton, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the boat that Carl Harvey built in his backyard in Brighton being moved from his house onto a large truck in the street on 28 April 1945. Three men are working in the background and four men and a woman are watching in the foreground. The image is a digital scan of the original ...

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Torres Strait canoe, c1988

This wood and bamboo model, made by George Crowly around 1988 and built to a scale of 1:15, represents a traditional canoe of the early 20th century from Mabuiag Island (Jervis Island) in the Bellevue Islands of Torres Strait. The vessel's design means that it was suitable for diverse fishing techniques (nets, harpoons, ...

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Super-fast jet boats

Jet boats can go really fast. Instead of an outboard motor and propeller, jet boats have an inboard engine and they eject a jet of water out the rear of the boat. Watch this clip to see how they work.

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Getting your boat into shape!

A ball of plasticine sinks. Could you change its shape to make it float? Watch this clip to see some plasticine being made into different shapes. Find out which shape floats. Take a look at the shape of a motor boat. Why is it pointy at the front?

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Boats made from different materials

See how boats can be made from wood, fibreglass and aluminium. Watch film of some Aboriginal men making a bark canoe. See how a special mould is used to make boats made from fibreglass. Find out why aluminium is a useful metal for making boats.

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Weather wear [includes spoken instructions]

Listen to a weather report on a radio. Dress a character in clothing suited to the weather conditions predicted. Sail in a yacht race.

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Biz whiz unleashed: compete

Run a neighbourhood pet service. Find opportunities to boost your business and beat other companies. Attract new customers, build a good reputation and earn more money than your competitors. Market the business creatively and introduce new services. Use your resources efficiently; make sure you have enough time and resources ...

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Biz whiz unleashed: compete for customers

Run a neighbourhood pet service. Find opportunities to boost customer numbers for your business and beat other companies. Attract new customers, build a good reputation and earn more money than your competitors. Market the business creatively and introduce new services. Use your resources efficiently; make sure you have ...