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Horsedrawn fire-engine, c1895

This is a red horsedrawn steam fire-engine made in the UK in 1895 and used in Broken Hill, Australia. It consists of a boiler, steam pumping engine and various accessories (including a coal bunker) necessary for generating and maintaining steam pressure in order to pump water. All the machinery is mounted on a sprung carriage ...

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'Toastrack' O-class tram used in Sydney, 1909-57

This is an O-class 'toastrack' timber-and-metal electric tram manufactured in 1909. It has a combination of enclosed and open sections. In the centre are the four closed sections accessible to the street via sliding doors and fitted with cross-bench timber seats. On either side of these are the two open compartments, each ...

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Austral Laboratory building at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, late 1920s

This is a black-and-white photograph with sepia toning of the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, taken around the late 1920s. It features the Austral Laboratory building, built in 1886, which curves around Southampton Crescent on the Kodak factory site. A car and two trucks, with their drivers standing beside them, ...

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Horsedrawn 'Manly' tram, 1894-1907

This is a 14-seater horsedrawn tram made in 1894 at the Randwick Tramway Workshops of the New South Wales Government Railways, Sydney. The tram is metal-framed, painted brown and rests on an axle box and pedestal with helical steel springs. A metal raised roof, painted light pink, has air vents and a rotating air ventilator ...

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Steam transportation in Australia

Steam generated the principal form of mechanical power for Australia's transport systems from the second half of the 19th century until the widespread adoption of the internal combustion engine in the 20th century. This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised into six categories - steam trains; river steamers; ...

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Repairing a truck on the Nullarbor in 1915

This is a 1915 black-and-white photograph showing a man and a woman working to repair a truck while another man looks on. The whole rear axle and wheels have been removed from the vehicle and spare tyres lie on the ground. The photograph was taken somewhere on the Nullarbor, along the route of the Trans-Australian Railway ...

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A Geelong street in 1929

This is a silent black-and-white film clip introduced by the intertitle 'Activity characterises its everyday life.' showing a distance shot looking up a main street in Geelong in 1929 with cars, trams, bicycles and pedestrians, followed by a medium-distance shot across the road from shopfronts, with police directing traffic ...

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Vehicles used on Snowy Mountains Scheme, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph of a man beside an FX Holden car and a Mighty Antar truck inside a transport maintenance depot for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. The truck has a sign attached to its bumper bar stating 'DANGER WIDE LOAD FOLLOWING'. Part of the depot’s wall can be seen, including an automated ...

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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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Give me a brake

Investigate braking efficiency of cars and trucks by testing stopping distances under controlled conditions. Test effects of vehicle type, tyres, road surface and weather conditions. Choose driving speed, then apply brakes and compare stopping distances. Estimate distances from target markers. Answer questions about antilock ...

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Green machine: four-wheel drive [ESL]

Consider the impact vehicles have on our planet. Build a four-wheel drive vehicle that causes as little harm as possible to the environment. Choose a body size, engine size, fuel type and accessories. Compare the greenhouse gas emissions of the vehicle with a target figure set by the Australian Government. If your car produces ...

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Green machine: four-wheel drive

Consider the impact vehicles have on our planet. Build a four-wheel drive vehicle that causes as little harm as possible to the environment. Choose a body size, engine size, fuel type and accessories. Compare the greenhouse gas emissions of the vehicle with a target figure set by the Australian Government. If your car produces ...

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Green machine: ute

Consider the impact vehicles have on our planet. Build a ute that causes as little harm as possible to the environment. Choose a body size, engine size, fuel type and accessories. Compare the greenhouse gas emissions of the vehicle with a target figure set by the Australian Government. If your car produces emissions above ...

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Katoomba Railway Station, c1892-1917

This black-and-white photograph shows Katoomba Railway Station in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. It has been taken from the eastern end of the station, looking west. Both of the buildings pictured are constructed of wood and feature a gabled roof. The larger building has four chimneys and gaslights hanging from ...

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Early cars and trucks in Australia

This collection of 21 digital curriculum resources focuses on cars and trucks in Australia during the first three decades of the 20th century. The collection contains images of actual vehicles in museum collections as well as photographs and archival footage of cars and various types of trucks in action. The collection ...

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Building a Railway Engine, c1925: Building the 'iron horse'

This 1926 silent black-and-white clip shows steps in the assembly of a steam engine at the Islington railway engine construction and repair plant in Adelaide. The cylindrical steam boiler is shown being lowered as workers below guide it onto its frame. The clip then shows men attaching and tightening bolts by hand. An intertitle ...

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Holden Car Cinema Advertisement - A New Star, the New Holden FE, 1956

This clip shows a colour advertisement for the 1956 Holden FE sedan. It begins with curtains opening to reveal the Holden FE turning slowly on a revolving platform in a showroom surrounded by floral displays and accompanied by a dramatic orchestral score. A series of static framed shots show the car's interior and exterior ...

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General Motors Holden - Range of Products, c1958

This black-and-white clip shows an advertisement for the wide range of products, vehicles and equipment manufactured by General Motors-Holden's (GMH) and its subsidiaries. A narration accompanies scenes of GMH cars in a suburban street, GMH domestic appliances, its Dandenong factory producing parts for its subsidiary NASCO ...

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General Motors Holden - Export Holden, c1962

This black-and-white clip shows a television advertisement that details the export of General Motors-Holden's (GMH) cars across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. A male narrator explains in voice-over the history of Holden exports between 1954 and 1962. The advertisement features what is mostly actuality footage of the ...

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Warrnambool fire brigade

This is an excerpt from an Australian silent documentary made in 1927 entitled 'Warrnambool, the ideal city'. This excerpt shows people walking and motoring along Liebig Street and a fire brigade demonstrating its firefighting equipment and team in Warrnambool, Victoria.