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Woman's hat decorated with complete bird of paradise, 1948-49

This is a woman's brown felt hat that uses the whole body and feathers of a lesser bird of paradise from Irian Jaya as a decoration. The bird lies around one side of the hat, with one wing resting on the shallow crown. There are two small pearl-tipped metal hat pins on the crown, opposite the bird. The hat has a double ...


Snow leopard fur coat, c1938

This is a loose-fitting women's coat of snow leopard fur, made between 1935 and 1940 in London. It is of knee length and is A-line in style, with long sleeves and a turn down collar.

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Surviving a bed of nails

Watch the Surfing Scientist, Reuben Meerman, and Dr Karl persuade Adam Spencer to lie on a bed of nails and then use science and maths to explain what happens. Check out what happens next when they smash a concrete block on his stomach while he's lying on the bed of nails.

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Forensic science: fibres and hairs

Look at a magnified view of common fibres such as linen, silk, nylon, cotton and wool. Examine the structure of a human hair. Find out how fibres and hairs are collected and tested. Forensic scientists compare samples from crime scenes with clothing, materials and hair of suspects. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Forensic science: identikit

Explore how identikit pictures are used to describe physical characteristics of a person's face and head. Look closely at a photo of a person, then build an identikit picture. Match horizontal sections of eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth. Identify the suspect in a police lineup. This learning object is one in a series of ...

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Zou ba! Quiz time

Test your Chinese listening and reading skills. Answer spoken questions about greetings, introductions, nationalities, time and travel.

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Zou ba! Television: program schedules

Find out how to ask and answer questions about which type of program is on television at a particular time. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Zou ba! Sports: tickets to a soccer match

Watch two friends arranging to see a soccer match, buying tickets and reviewing the game scores. Answer a series of questions. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Zou ba! The tennis match: travelling times

Watch two friends going to a tennis match. Find out how to ask how long it will take to travel to a destination. For example, ask the travel time needed to get to the zoo. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Zou ba! Quiz challenge

Find the answers to questions asked by a game show host. Test your knowledge of subjects such as directions, distances, time, travel, transport, food, travel, personal preferences and opinions.

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Aches and pains: acne

Look closely at the structure of sweat glands in human skin. Find out how pimples form through interactions between hormones, sweat glands and bacteria. Learn how the body responds to acne, and how it can be prevented or treated. Test your knowledge by answering multiple-choice questions. This learning object is one in ...

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Rice paper rolls: analogue and digital

Help Tom and Liz make rice paper rolls. Put analogue clocks showing on-the-quarter-hour times in the correct order. Match the times on the digital clocks with those on the analogue clocks. Match the time words to the clocks. Put pictures in the correct sequence and match them to the clocks. Watch Tom and Liz make rice paper ...

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Timetable: music festival

Work out a program for a Sydney music festival. Find the flight times and other travel details for acts coming from different parts of Australia and New Zealand. Calculate the earliest and latest times they can perform. Check for extra information, like changes in time zones or Stage 1 bookings. Place each act into a timetable ...

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Timetable: extreme talent quest: travel

Help plan an extreme talent quest by checking the travel plans for each act and working out their earliest arrival times. (They may be travelling via another destination first!) This learning object is one in a series of seven objects.


Liz Ellis' netball skirt, 1993

This is a golden yellow polyester netball skirt worn by Liz Ellis on her debut playing for the Australian national netball team in 1993. The skirt is pleated, in alternating wide and narrow pleats. The front panel of the skirt is unpleated and is fastened by a metal and plastic sliding fastener on the waistband. 'A' is ...


Sundial - mathematics activities

This photograph of a sundial on the Eyam Parish Church in England suggests explorations of time, location and right-triangle geometry. Teachers are encouraged to scan all the ideas suggested here as relevant to the various year level groupings, as there is clearly an increasing mathematical complexity in the activities.


Possum trappers

This is a photograph of two New Zealand possum trappers. It was taken in 1929 in Taranaki, North Island, and shows the trappers with the dried skins of the Australian brush-tailed possum ('Trichosurus vulpecula').


Hawaiian feather cloak ('ahu 'ula)

This is a feather cloak given to Captain James Cook by a Hawaiian high chief at Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii on 26 January 1779. It measures 1.54 m x 2.45 m and is made from the yellow and red feathers of an estimated 20,000 mamo, o'o and i'iwi birds. It consists of a fibre backing into which bundles of feathers have been tied. ...


Hawaiian feathered helmet (mahiole)

This is a feather helmet from Hawaii that was given to Captain James Cook on the beach at Kealakekua Bay in January 1779. It is made from the yellow and red feathers of the mamo, o'o and i'iwi birds. The framework of the helmet is made from the tough aerial roots of the 'ie'ie plant. A net of olona fibres is laid over this ...


War charm, Admiralty Islands, 1800s

This is a war charm from the Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea, made around 1800. It comprises a wooden head above a plume of 24 black feathers representing the body. The head, partly decorated with black and white paint, has an elongated face with a long narrow nose, widened eyes, and a raised oval mouth. The ears are ...