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'Tattooed lady', 1974

This is a painted clay sculpture made in 1974 by Bert Flugelman (1923-). Measuring 116 cm x 84 cm x 46 cm, the work is in the shape a figure of a nude woman standing with her hands on her hips and staring straight ahead. The figure is truncated just above the knees and at the upper part of the head. The proportions of the ...

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Inter-galactic cook-off

Compete in a televised cookery show. Test different combinations of cooking ingredients. Find five combinations that result in a chemical change such as acid-base reactions.

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Weight and contact forces

Learn to use your knowledge of vectors to analyse how things move on surfaces under the influence of gravity and friction. Differentiate between weight and mass. Discover the factors that influence frictional forces and why surfaces push back when they are deformed. This resource consists of a video in six sections with ...


Traditional Mäori ways of life

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources focuses on traditional ways of life of Mäori people. The resources are grouped into ten categories - ariki (chiefs); warriors; tä moko (skin marking); growing crops; fishing and voyaging; cooking in hangi; building; weaving; musical instruments; and personal ornaments. ...


'Sale of a mokomokai', 1864

This is a watercolour painting created by British soldier Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930) in 1864. It shows a Mäori chief in European dress with a moko (skin marking) on his face, holding what appears to be a mere (short flat club). To his left, on the ground, is a mokomokai (severed, dried, marked human head). The chief ...


Traditional Mäori cooking, 1923

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the taikowhatu (oven stones) of a hangi or umu (Mäori earth oven) in an earthen pit about 1.2 metres wide and 50 centimetres deep. The taikowhatu have been spread over burning pieces of wood, large and small. In the background the legs of a man and some fencing can be seen. New ...


War dance in 1851

This is a watercolour painting created by the military artist Captain T J Grant in 1851. The image shows a Mäori woman holding a mere pounamu (greenstone hand weapon) and leading six male Mäori warriors in a war dance. The first male warrior holds a tewhatewha (a close combat weapon around 2 metres long); the second, fourth ...


Teenagers at the beach with a transistor radio, 1965

This is a black-and-white photograph showing two teenagers on the beach listening to their transistor radio in 1965. Wearing swimming costumes, they are lying on towels with bottles of soft drink in their hands. Several people can be seen relaxing on the beach behind them.


Girls at the Fairbridge farm school at Molong, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1954 that shows two girls preparing food at the Fairbridge farm school in Molong, New South Wales. The girls wear white aprons over khaki school uniforms and stand at a wooden table. Behind the girls on the left of the photograph is the school dining hall.


Enid Lyons baking in the Prime Minister's Lodge, c1932

This is a black-and-white photograph, 19.3 cm x 24.5 cm, of Enid Lyons (later Dame Enid) (1897-1981) rolling pastry on a marble pastry slab in the kitchen of the Prime Minister's Lodge, Canberra, in the 1930s. She wears a full apron and works at a wide bench top. There are wooden cupboards to the right of the photograph ...


Poster, Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games

This is one of seven posters designed to promote the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. The poster features a group of three smiling young people with the Australian flag painted on their faces. Each person wears a white hat and a light-blue shirt with the Paralympic logo on the sleeve. Behind the words 'on Sunday 29th October ...


'Sunbaker', 1937

This is a black-and-white photographic image made in 1937 by Max Dupain (1911-92), which measures 38.0 cm x 34.2 cm. It shows the head and shoulders of a deeply tanned man, who is lying flat on his stomach on the sand, in bright sunlight. His head is laid to one side and resting on one arm and his other arm is lying out ...


Indigenous Australian man, Y-erran-gou-la-ga (Mousquita), 1802

This is a colour print of a half-figure portrait drawn by the French artist Nicolas-Martin Petit somewhere near Port Jackson (Sydney), between 20 June and 17 November 1802. It shows a man named as Y-erran-gou-la-ga. There is painting on his chest and face and he is wearing a piece of reed or bone through a hole in the cartilage ...


Elderly Mäori man, 1870s-80s

This is black-and-white photograph of an unknown elderly Mäori man taken during the 1870s or 1880s. Shown from the waist up, he is wearing a feather cloak (kahu huruhuru) that has three distinct bands: the bottom layer is made up of white feathers, the middle band is of darker feathers and the band nearer the head consists ...


The Food Lovers' Guide to Australia, 2004: The taverna in the desert

This clip shows Anastasios and Maria Kiossos, or Tom and Mary as they are known locally, in the kitchen of their Greek restaurant in Coober Pedy, an opal-mining town in outback South Australia. SBS reporter Maeve O'Mara samples Tom's tzatziki and Mary's galaktoboureko, a popular Greek sweet. Maeve talks to their son Paul ...


The Food Lovers' Guide to Australia, 2004: The Coming of the Light

This clip shows Bill, a Torres Strait Islander who is introduced in the voice-over as the chief cook, overseeing and making preparations for a feast to be cooked in a ground oven. Footage of the preparations, including the cutting of a banana tree palm and men dragging a turtle up the beach, is shown. Bill demonstrates ...


Cinema advertisement - Banish Drudgery, c1940: The electric Early Kooka stove

This clip shows an advertisement for an early model electric stove. The clip, which is in colour, opens with a shot of the words 'BANISH DRUDGERY' superimposed on saucepans and a kettle sitting on a stove. The clip features a young attractive housewife 'Mrs Sydney' (Pat Firman) cooking a traditional Australian dinner in ...


Studio portrait of an unknown Māori woman

This is a black-and-white photographic image of an unknown Māori woman. It is a portrait shot, taken in the Auckland studios of the American Photographic Company, about 1865. The woman is seated and wears a European blouse and gathered skirt. One visible earring and a ring on her right hand are also European in style. She ...


Whai (Māori string game) pattern

This is a black-and-white photographic image of a pair of hands holding string in a pattern that was known to Māori in New Zealand as the moko (skin design for female chin and lips) or frog. The photograph was taken by James McDonald in the early part of the twentieth century, at Gisborne, on the East Coast of the North ...


Yolngu sea country: miny'tji (clan designs)

This is an information resource about the distinctive designs or miny'tji belonging to individual Yolngu clans living in the coastal region of north-east Arnhem Land. It consists of explanatory text and examples of miny'tji belonging to the Gumatj and Madarrpa clans of the Yirritja moiety (half) and to the Marakulu and ...