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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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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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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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Sawmill on the Murray River, 1878

This is a black-and-white print from a wood engraving of 11 men working at the Gannawarra (misspelt Gunnawarra on the print) sawmill on the Murray River in Victoria. Cut timber is being loaded onto a barge and there are additional piles of cut timber nearby. A steam-powered traction engine sits in front of a building situated ...

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Two men chopping wood, c1925

This is a black-and-white photograph of Michael and Patrick William Morrissey, with axes in their hands, near a fallen tree trunk they are cutting into fire-size logs. The photo was taken near the town of Smythesdale, about 19 km south-west of Ballarat, Victoria, and shows bushland behind the two men.

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'Around a gum tree', 1949 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white documentary entitled 'Around a gum tree', narrated by Wilfrid Coad Thomas. It is about Australian life, and is based around different species of gum trees. It was made under the auspices of the Shell Film Unit in 1949. The segment opens with two men on scaffolding using axes to ...