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Bushranger medal, 1849-50

This hand-engraved, 'Long Service and Good Conduct' silver medal was awarded to Sergeant Thomas Quigley for apprehending bushrangers in NSW. On the obverse is a coat of arms consisting of a shield with motifs, a rising sun, a kangaroo and an emu. 'ADVANCE AUSTRALIA' is engraved on the scroll below. The text 'NEW SOUTH WALES' ...

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Camera cop, 1949 - asset 1

This is an excerpt taken from the beginning of an item that featured in the 16 June 1949 episode of the weekly black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review. The item as a whole is about a policeman using a camera to take photographs of motorists infringing traffic rules to assist with gaining convictions. This excerpt opens ...

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Camera cop, 1949 - asset 2

This is an excerpt taken from the first half of an item that featured in the 16 June 1949 episode of the weekly black-and-white newsreel Cinesound Review. The item as a whole is about a policeman using a camera to take photographs of motorists infringing traffic rules to assist with gaining convictions. This excerpt opens ...

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Camera cop, 1949 - asset 3

This is an excerpt taken from the middle of an item that featured in the 16 June 1949 episode of the black-and-white weekly newsreel Cinesound Review. The item as a whole is about a policeman using a camera to take photographs of motorists infringing traffic rules to assist with gaining convictions. This excerpt opens with ...

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Camera cop, 1949 - asset 4

This is an excerpt taken from the end of an item that featured in the 16 June 1949 episode of the black-and-white weekly newsreel Cinesound Review. The item as a whole is about a policeman using a camera to take photographs of motorists infringing traffic rules to assist with gaining convictions. This excerpt opens with ...

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Sample of horsehair from Phar Lap, 1931

This is a plastic 1970s make-up compact containing a small pile of brown shaved horsehair taken from the coat of Phar Lap before his trip to the USA, where he died.

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Forms of protest

Imagine the internal conflict for an African American policeman in 1968 New York. Against a background of race riots stimulated by racial inequality, African American policeman Chief-Inspector Frederick Waithe must convince African Americans to act within the law. At the same time he sympathises with their grievances.

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Archeologists hunt for Ned Kelly clues

What can the site of the Kelly gang's last stand tell us about Ned's final battle with the police? This clip provides a brief overview of the Kelly story using scenes from the 1906 film 'The Story of the Kelly Gang'. Watch as archeologists dig up the battle site at Glenrowan. See what they find and how these things might ...

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Science Talk 2007: Glenn Porter

A master class and tour of the University of Western Sydney (UWS) Crime Scene House with Glenn Porter, a forensic scientist. Students talk to Glenn and PhD students to see what all the fuss is about with forensic science.

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Microscopic pollen helps catch a criminal

An expert in plant pollen finds herself working in forensic science, helping police solve crimes. Find out how Dr Lynne Milne's knowledge of plant pollen was used in a criminal investigation. See how soils have a 'signature profile' based on the types and abundance of pollen.

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Perspectives of 'a copper's daughter'

What perspectives on life do you think the daughter of a policeman in a coastal town might have? In this Heywire audio story, Jordyn Royle reveals both how her her dad's job affects her and that not everybody shares her attitudes towards the police. As you listen, think about how Jordyn's attitudes and values, and those ...

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Officer OzBot reporting for duty!

OzBot is a rugged mobile robot designed to assist the police and military to perform front-line operations. Find out what it looks like, what technologies it uses, and what it does. As well, you will meet the people who invented it. Come on patrol with Officer OzBot.

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Drugs may contain a 'biological calling card'

Illegal drug producers may leave behind DNA in the drugs they manufacture. This 'biological calling card' can then be used to locate and identify suspects. Find out how a South Australian scientist was able to extract DNA from a sample of drugs seized from a police drug-trafficking operation. Discover the new technique ...

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Rough justice in Medieval Europe

How do we determine whether someone is innocent or guilty of a crime? Our legal system is quite different to the one that was practised in Medieval Europe, where trials by combat or ordeal were not uncommon. In this clip, consider the merits of the medieval legal system. This clip is one in a series of five.

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Discovering democracy: the wealth of a nation

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to examine the stages in Australia’s economic growth in the last half of the 19th century. Explore the kinds of industries from which Australia gained its wealth and the role of these industries in developing an independent nation. Review the effects that natural disasters (such ...

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Sentence builder: prehistoric: tool

Help a caveman use a sentence builder machine to create past-tense sentences. Spin each rock to see a new word for your sentence. Choose words from five groups: when, who, what, where and setting.

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Forensic science: DNA

Explore the basic properties of DNA. See how DNA samples are collected and analysed by police. Find out how DNA fingerprinting can be used to identify a person and help to solve a crime. Identify differences between DNA samples. This learning object is one in a series of eight objects.

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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: fingerprints

Look closely at the structure of fingerprints, including the main types of ridge patterns and interconnecting lines. See how fingerprints are collected by police. Follow instructions to make your own set of fingerprints. Find out how fingerprints at crime scenes are compared with records to identify suspects. Compare fingerprints ...

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Forensic science: footprints

Look closely at a footprint made by a boot. See how footprint casts are made by police. Follow instructions to make real footprint casts. Notice differences between footprints. Find out how footprint impressions at crime scenes are compared with shoes to identify suspects. This learning object is one in a series of eight objects.