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Observing a cockatoo

Meet Charlie, a pet cockatoo. Watch other cockatoos in the wild as they climb, fly and walk around. Discover the reason for the name of the sulphur-crested cockatoo.

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A Song about a sulphur-crested cockatoo

Do you know any songs about Australian animals? Listen to this song about sulphur-crested cockatoos performed by Don Spencer. Get a close up look at a sulphur-crested cockatoo and see the antics (funny actions) it gets up to.

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This cocky rocks

Meet Max and Cocky, his pet sulphur-crested cockatoo. Discover how Max handles his cheeky pet. Find out what body part he uses that has earned him the title 'the destroyer'.

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Travels in Indonesia: museum

Find a museum in an Indonesian town. Look closely at exhibits such as a tapestry, porcelain bowl and coffin. Talk with a museum guide and a local visitor. Use cultural knowledge to explore information politely. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

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Take a deep breath

Watch what happens inside the human body during physical activity. Look at diagrams of the human circulatory and respiratory systems. Explore the functions of major organs and tissues. Examine animations showing how a person breathes and how the heart pumps blood around the body. Predict the effects of walking or running ...

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Character maker: movement

Build animated characters for a new cartoon show. Choose each character's walking movements to suit their personality, mood, actions and relationship to other characters. For example, show a character is sad by choosing a slow walk with feet dragging along the ground. Combine elements such as speed, posture and bounciness. ...

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Zou ba! Transport

Explore the words for a range of transport types such as train, bus, ferry, car, bike, walking. Find out how to ask someone what mode of transport they will be using to travel.

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The journey of the Hong Hai: design a museum exhibition

Retrace the journey of 38 refugees who escaped from Vietnam on a fishing boat in 1978. They were the first in a wave of 'boat people' to reach Australia's shores. Find out about the hardships and key events of the 51-day voyage. Collect historic objects from the trip such as a watch, guitar and binoculars. Use these objects ...


Phar Lap's Heart, 1932

This is the preserved heart of Phar Lap, a champion racehorse of the late 1920s and early 1930s. It weighs 6.2 kg. A triangular section has been removed and is believed to have been taken for a biopsy. The heart is preserved as a 'wet specimen', submersed in a formalin solution, sealed inside a rectangular clear perspex container.

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Eternity - unit of work

In this unit of work students identify and examine the way the National Museum of Australia uses a number of key emotions to explore Australian history. They closely interrogate objects and photographs and explore the way these items can resonate emotionally and tell stories. Students explore museum displays and create ...


Cigarette-box holder, 1939

This cigarette-box holder was manufactured in 1939 by W B and Company for sale at the 1940 New Zealand Centennial Exhibition in Wellington. It is made from a bent sheet of metal with a lacquered paper cover. One side depicts the main tower at the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition (not shown); the other, a Mäori-style carving ...


Milk Board float, Moomba Festival, 1959

This is a black-and-white photograph of a float making its way through a crowded Melbourne street during the Moomba Festival of 1959. The float is pulled by a truck and features a giant milk bottle, with the words, 'MILK, THE PERFECT FOOD', and the caption underneath, 'Entered by the MILK BOARD'. A cyclist is shown on the ...


Sydney International Exhibition, 1880

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 25.5 cm x 22 cm, showing the eastern transept of the Garden Palace in Sydney as it appeared during the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879-80. The photograph shows the New Zealand and USA courts, which contained rows of cabinets displaying artworks, industrial goods and ...


Ford 'ute', 1934

This is one of the first Ford Coupe Utility vehicles (commonly known as 'utes'). The ute's numberplate is UT 001. It has a running board along the side, and wide, flaring front mudguards; the spare wheel is stored beside the engine compartment. The doors open from the front, the wheels have metal spokes and a soft cover ...


'Cell culture', 2002

This is a mixed media installation made in 2002 by Fiona Hall (1953-). The work consists of around 30 objects arranged on three shelves of a very large wooden-framed glass display case (vitrine), which measures 157 cm x 247 cm x 90 cm. Each of the objects has been constructed from differently shaped white plastic containers ...


'Antipodean palaceware (vase)', 1989 and 1998

This is a decorative earthenware vase, made in 1989 by Mark Heidenreich and decorated in 1998 by Stephen Bowers (1952-). This large vase, which measures 86.0 cm x 52.5 cm (diameter), is a classically elegant form with a cylindrical, rimmed, footed base that rises in a swelling curve and pinches into a tight throat and generous ...


Restored paddle-steamer 'Enterprise', 1988

This is the PS 'Enterprise' in the process of being renovated before being relocated from Echuca to Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra in 1988. The paddle-steamer is on a raised slipway with its paddlewheel clearly visible. Ropes and a pile of wood are on the deck. A blind covers the wheelhouse windows. Wire netting blocks ...