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Vegemite jar, 1923-28

This is an amber-coloured glass jar, cylindrical in form but slightly tapering from the base to the neck. The jar is both lipped and footed. It is missing the lid and the label. Marks on the underside show 'FRED WALKER and Co. PTY LTD'. The jar measures 7.2 cm height x 4.7 cm diameter.

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Australites

This is an information sheet on australites, a dark, glassy type of tektite. 

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: What's it made of?

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the properties of materials of objects in the school and classroom environment through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Senses are used to explore and describe unseen objects, comparisons are made of objects of different materials and objects are classified ...

Interactive resource

Life without chemistry

Rebuild everyday products in a city. Test the properties of industrial materials. Choose materials suited to making items such as cars, buildings and clothing.

Interactive resource

Skateboard race [Windows version]

Help a teenager to fit new wheels for his skateboard. Test the strength and hardness of materials such as glass, aluminium and polyurethane. Choose the most suitable material.

Interactive resource

Going down and burning up

Bring the Hubble Telescope back to Earth for repairs. Build a heat shield to protect the space telescope from burning up. Choose a material that will not easily burn, melt or transfer heat.

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Prism from the Port Adelaide Lighthouse, 1867

This is the original, complete and operational cut crystal prism from the Port Adelaide Lighthouse. It consists of sections of Bohemian cut crystal set in metal frames. The burner that produced the light is secured to a stand that can be seen in the centre of the image. The lighthouse prism measures 126 cm x 111 cm x 180 cm.

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‘Antipodean bowl with albatross II’, 1991

This is a deep, cone-shaped, translucent crystal glass bowl with an ice-like hue and finish and four supports (not visible in the photograph) extending from the base made by New Zealand glass artist Ann Robinson in 1991. A separate translucent glass albatross head and neck sits on the rim. It is made from 24 per cent cast ...