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Bullock team hauling pine, 1884-1917

This is a full plate glass negative entitled 'Hauling pine'. It shows a pine log being hauled by a bullock team. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the negative. The image was taken by Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917.

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Isle of Many Waters, 1939: Tasmania's natural landscape

This black-and-white clip from 1939 shows scenes of the King River Gorge and the Gordon River on Tasmania's west coast, filmed by documentary maker Frank Hurley as part of a travelogue for the Tasmanian Government Tourist Bureau. Hurley films from a steam train on the Mount Lyell railway and from a boat travelling up the ...

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Logging in 19th- and 20th-century Australia

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources focuses on work in the timber industry in 19th- and 20th-century Australia. It contains five sections - felling; splitting and chopping; transporting logs; at the sawmill; and life in a mill town. The collection includes artworks, photographs and 13 clips from archival ...

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Bringing electricity to regional areas

This is an excerpt from 'Building the line', a 1925 silent documentary made by the Australian Government's Cinema and Photographic Branch. The excerpt shows two men felling a large tree at Kavanagh's Hill in Victoria and has two intertitles that explain what is happening. The first one reads 'The route of the line having ...

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Loading logs on the Clarence River

This is a silent home movie taken around 1938, which has faded in parts to an almost green tinge. Footage includes two men, dressed in short-sleeved shirts, hats, trousers and braces, who are rolling logs, possibly of cedar, onto a barge.

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Felling giant karri in Western Australia in 1929

This is an excerpt from the silent black-and-white documentary 'The golden west' filmed in Western Australia in 1929. A highly decorated intertitle, 'Down among the big timbers the giants of the forest are fashioned into many things for many lands. "Come to the West - 1929"' is followed by scenes showing the felling of ...

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Transporting giant karri logs in 1929

This is an excerpt from the silent black-and-white documentary 'The golden west' filmed in Western Australia in 1929. It comprises two scenes: the first shows a steam train reversing down a slope pulling flat wagons carrying eight huge karri trunks and the second shows the train pulling into a sawmill yard for unloading. ...

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Karri logs at the sawmill in 1929

This is an excerpt from the silent black-and-white documentary 'The golden west' filmed in Western Australia in 1929. This excerpt begins with a large karri trunk being rolled from a bogie flat at a sawmill. Three karri trunks are then shown with chalk measurements on the cut faces. The last scenes of the excerpt show the ...

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Testing timber samples, 1945

This is a 1945 photograph of an industrial area, possibly in Richmond, Victoria. Lengths of timber placed on trestles and hung with weights to test their strength and elasticity are shown on a rooftop in the foreground. Factories and warehouses displaying signs such as ‘Kiwi’, ‘Enamels’ and ‘Coffee Warehouse’ are shown ...

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Protest funeral for a tree, 1994

This is a 1994 black-and-white photograph measuring 16 cm x 21 cm, taken by Nina Landis, showing Melbourne protesters conducting a funeral for trees cut down in Albert Park to make way for the Grand Prix racing circuit. Pallbearers follow two black-clad women who carry ceremonial gum leaves.

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Logging trucks blockade Parliament House, Canberra, 1995

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 16 cm x 21 cm, taken by Reg Alder in January 1995, of logging trucks involved in a blockade of Parliament House in Canberra. The trucks are large articulated units and one has a banner attached referring to the timber industry. The protest was a reaction against the Australian ...

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'Geeveston Saw Mills and wagon load', 1890s

This is a sepia albumen photograph taken by J W Beattie in the 1890s, measuring 17.4 cm x 22.3 cm, and titled 'Geeveston Saw Mills and wagon load'. It depicts a timber worker standing at the front of a railway wagon loaded with a massive sawn tree trunk in the yard of Geeveston Saw Mills, Tasmania. The log is both chained ...

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'Splitters', 1865

This is a coloured print, measuring 19.4 cm x 25.2 cm, by the famous colonial artist Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), published in 'The Australian Sketchbook' in 1865. It shows two splitters cutting slabs from the felled trunk of a tree using wedges and mallets. A bullock dray stands nearby, stacked high with slabs, and the ...

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Sawing a karri log, Pemberton, 1963

This is a colour photograph of a large karri log being sawn in the mill at Pemberton, Western Australia, in 1963. It shows the log on a mobile carriage, which is guiding it into the teeth of a twin-shafted vertical saw cutting from above and below. An operator is standing nearby, working a lever.

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Hauling karri, 1966

This is a colour photograph of a large karri log being hauled uphill by semitrailer on a dirt road in a Western Australian forest in 1966.

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Logging karri, 1966

This is a colour photograph of a tree feller using a chainsaw to fell a 150-foot (45-metre) karri tree in Western Australia in 1966. It shows the base of a large karri, with a wedge that is almost half the width of the trunk being reinserted to support the tree.

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Forest clear-felling, c1905

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, titled 'A Forest Clearing', taken by the photographic studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney, about 1905. The image shows a forest in the process of being cleared through clear-felling. Two men are shown standing in the midst of trunks ...

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A bullock timber team, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows a team of 16 bullocks harnessed in pairs to a wagon with four solid wheels, which is transporting a large log from a felled tree. One man stands beside the cart, touching ...

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'Felling a gum tree', 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows two men using single-bladed axes to fell a large eucalyptus (gum) tree in New South Wales, probably in 1895. The man on the left is standing on a wooden wedge that has been ...

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'In the Sassafras Valley Victoria', 1875

This is a large landscape painting in oils of the Sassafras Valley in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, made in 1875 by Isaac Whitehead (1819-81). Measuring 99.2 cm x 132.9 cm, it shows a heavily wooded forest valley with a stand of massive mountain ash trees and dense undergrowth, which consists mainly of large tree ferns. ...