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Soxhlet extractor used by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, c1920

This is a glass extractor used for the preparation of pharmaceuticals. It is a part of a Soxhlet extraction apparatus used for the extraction and purification of solids using a variety of solvents. The extraction apparatus was used by the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) Limited at Parkville in Victoria around 1920. ...


Phar Lap's skeleton

This is the skeleton of Phar Lap, the famous racehorse, which was born in New Zealand, raced mostly in Australia and died in unexplained circumstances in the United States in 1932.


The sick stockrider

This is a still image from the 1913 silent era film 'The sick stockrider', which was based on the bush ballad of the same title by well-known Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon. This well-framed image shows a bushland setting with three couples posing outside a typical iron and plank homestead of the time.


Bracelet, c1860

This is a very elaborate solid gold bracelet attributed to a leading colonial silversmith, Julius Schomburgk (1819-93), and made in Adelaide in about 1860. The central oval is in the form of a cameo, which consists of two finely crafted sculptures of kangaroos surrounded by rocks and overhanging trees and framed by a border ...


Perfume-bottle holder, c1875

This is a 'lady's companion' - a perfume-bottle holder - made by German master silversmith Henry Steiner (1835-1914), who came to Adelaide in 1858. The work measures 33.5 cm x 24.0 cm x 11.8 cm. Its most remarkable feature is the centrepiece of the design, which is an actual emu egg that encloses two perfume bottles. The ...


Mounted Great Exhibition medallion, c1860

This is a piece of commemorative silverware made in Adelaide around 1860 by Julius Schomburgk (1819-93) as an elaborate display stand to hold a presentation medal that was made in London in 1851. The central feature is a bronze medallion with a low-relief portrait of Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, which ...


WGA Holmes - Locals Cool Off at Theodore Weir, c1940: Beekeeping and making honey

This silent clip shows a beekeeper harvesting honey from commercial beehives. Footage of bees swarming around a hive is followed by a scene showing the beekeeper using a 'smoker' to blow smoke onto the bees before removing and replacing frames from a hive. The clip uses intertitles to describe 'Stripping the frames' and ...


Science principles in traditional Aboriginal Australia

This is an illustrated article about how Aboriginal people's traditional knowledge demonstrates an understanding of physics, biology and chemistry and how Aboriginal people gather knowledge through observation, testing, trial and error, adapting and retesting. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha ...