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Sheep ready for shearing, Swan Hill, 1959

This is a black-and-white image depicting four men herding a group of sheep into a shearing pen on a Swan Hill farm. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 103 mm x height: 100 mm.

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Three men on horseback, droving sheep with dogs, c1910

This is a photograph showing Dr Sydney Pern and John Joseph 'JJ' O'Connor droving sheep with another man in the Gippsland hills, around 1910. The image was collected as part of the Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006. It is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Cattle swimming to St Margaret Island, c1910

This black-and-white photograph shows cattle swimming in a line towards St Margaret Island. It was taken in about 1910. What appears to be a fenced wooden walkway runs through the water from the mainland to the island, onto which a few of the cattle are climbing. Post-and-rail fencing runs across the island from its edge. ...

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Outback House - many ways of working on a station

Imagine leaving your home to take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work as a real station would have in the 1860s. Join the Allcourt children who did this, as they spend their first day of learning with the new governess. Discover how well the sheep wash, built by the ...

Video

The post-war wool boom, 1947

'The post-war wool boom' is an excerpt from the film 'Men and Mobs' (20 min), produced in 1947. Sheep and the Australian economy cannot be separated. 'Men and Mobs' relates the growth of Australia's flocks, starting with the few Spanish merinos that John Macarthur mated to the progeny of Indian sheep brought out by founder ...

Teacher resource

Farming through history: Science and sustainability Years 3-4

This study guide looks at the historical context of cattle and sheep farming in Australia and how farming, environment and community interact in remote and urban Australia. Students will learn how cattle and sheep production has developed from the time of the early settlers to the 21st century. They will build an understanding ...

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A Big Country - The Drover, 1981: The long paddock

This clip shows drover Jack Tawney on horseback as he and another drover move a large mob of sheep along a travelling stock route in the Australian outback. Music accompanies Tawney's voice-over in the opening scene of drovers at work. Tawney is interviewed by ABC reporter Stewart McLennan (not shown on camera) while casually ...

Teacher resource

On the farm - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the characteristics of farm animals so they can begin to write descriptive text. This unit is particularly aimed at ESL (NESB) students and those who have limited experience of the world beyond their immediate lives. Students have regular opportunities to listen to and use correct ...

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'Has your kitchen gone to war?'

This is a black-and-white poster entitled 'HAS YOUR KITCHEN GONE TO WAR?' and with a message in bold print at the bottom, 'BUY LAMB and help to win the War in your Kitchen'. The text is a message from the Commonwealth Government, urging the Australian housewife to buy surplus lamb in order to reserve beef for export to ...

Video

Judging cattle at Korumburra in 1921

This is an excerpt from a six-minute silent documentary dating from 1921 and entitled 'Korumburra, South Gippsland, Vic'. It begins with the intertitle 'Judging the Ayrshires.' It then shows men walking Ayrshire dairy cattle past judges in a field at an agricultural show. The prize-winning cow is seen at the end of the excerpt.

Video

A Geraldton homestead in 1929

This is an excerpt from a 6-minute silent documentary entitled 'The new nor' west', filmed in 1929. The opening intertitle reads 'A stately homestead nestling benignly on the bosom of this fertile domain'. The first scene shows two women and three men in the grounds of the Newmarracarra homestead near Geraldton, Western ...

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'Panorama of Challicum, No. I', c1850

This is a watercolour measuring 15.8 cm x 24.4 cm showing gently undulating grassland and narrow bands of trees. A group of cows is being herded by a mounted man to a lower area behind a hill, possibly towards a small group of huts that can be glimpsed in the middle ground. The artist, Duncan Cooper, included this painting ...

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'Panorama of Challicum, No. II', c1850

This is a watercolour measuring 16 cm x 24.5 cm showing the Victorian squatting runs Challicum and Yalla-y-poora from a south-south-westerly viewpoint. In the midground is the yellow grassland of the Fiery Creek plains, gum trees dot the countryside and the distant bluish mountain is Mount Weejort. Two emus are shown in ...

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'Panorama of Challicum, No. III', c1850

This is a watercolour measuring 16 cm x 24.5 cm showing the Victorian squatting run Challicum, from a south-westerly viewpoint. A team of four bullocks, pulling a single-axle wagon loaded with fuel and rough bush timber, is centred in front of a large forest. Two unidentified mountains or hills are on the horizon. The artist, ...

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'Panorama of Challicum, No. IV', c1850

This is a watercolour measuring 15.9 cm x 24.3 cm showing yellowed pasture backed by gum trees. A herd of cows with calves is grazing both in the foreground fields and the background timber. A small hill, part of the Challicum Hills, rises from the trees on the right. The artist, Duncan Cooper, included this painting as ...

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'Panorama of Challicum, No. V', c1850

This is a watercolour measuring 16.6 cm x 25.7 cm showing a mounted man, possibly the squatter Harry Thomson. Two dogs run behind him as he rides along a meandering trail left by wagon wheels. Forests stretch away behind and native gums dot the Challicum Hills which rise out of the forest treetops. The artist, Duncan Cooper, ...

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'Panorama of Challicum, No. VII', c1850

This is a watercolour measuring 15.7 cm x 24.4 cm, showing a mounted man herding a small group of cows past scattered native bush and trees, beneath the backdrop of the Mount Cole ranges. The artist, Duncan Cooper, included this painting as the fifteenth watercolour in his field sketchbook and inscribed the title 'Panorama ...

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Dairy student, Colombo Plan, 1968

This is a black-and-white photograph of two men at a mechanised feeding trough with three calves. The image is titled, 'Mohammed Daub bin K Otham (Malaysian Colombo Plan student) learns to handle modern calf-feeding equipment under direction of Mr Neville Hanke'. The student looks on as Mr Hanke manoeuvres a calf into position ...

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Preparing dinner at a cattle station, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph of three women preparing a meal inside a 1950s rural kitchen. The image is titled, 'Preparing dinner in the kitchen of 'Mayfield', 160,000 acre sheep and cattle property in western Queensland'. The women are serving food and hot drinks on a central kitchen table.

Video

Beef cattle industry, 1932

This is a short excerpt from a silent black-and-white documentary entitled 'The beef cattle industry' and filmed in 1932. The first sequence shows scenes of white and Indigenous Australian stockmen herding cattle and unloading their horses in front of a partially built store shelter. The following sequence begins with the ...