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Kurdish kilim, 1993-94

This is a traditional Kurdish kilim, handwoven in scarlet wool with multicoloured geometric patterns picked out in green, yellow, black and blue. The kilim is fringed with the white cotton warp threads and has been worked in bands; alternating between red, black and multicoloured sections.

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Latvian fabric, 1995

This is a length of red-coloured fabric, woven in the traditional colours and patterns of the Nica region on the west coast of Latvia. Dimensions: 27.06 cm x 72.5 cm.

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Life without chemistry

Rebuild everyday products in a city. Test the properties of industrial materials. Choose materials suited to making items such as cars, buildings and clothing.

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Going down and burning up

Bring the Hubble Telescope back to Earth for repairs. Build a heat shield to protect the space telescope from burning up. Choose a material that will not easily burn, melt or transfer heat.

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'Your house and mine', 1954 - asset 17

This is a clip from a 22-minute colour documentary made in Melbourne, Victoria in 1954 titled 'Your house and mine'. It shows people building houses, including a man laying bricks, a woman using a spade to mix concrete or mortar on a sheet of iron, a man sawing timber above a window frame and a man cutting timber with a ...

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Skateboard race [Windows version]

Help a teenager to fit new wheels for his skateboard. Test the strength and hardness of materials such as glass, aluminium and polyurethane. Choose the most suitable material.

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Speedo swimwear, 1992

This is a colour advertisement for Speedo swimwear produced in 1992. It shows a female swimmer from the US swimming team wearing a Speedo costume and adjusting her goggles before a race. The headline is 'THE SPEEDO - S2000'. The body copy is made up of a number of bullet points providing information about the unique qualities ...

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Home, c1936: Home building and industry

This clip is from a film sponsored by the Rural Bank of New South Wales to promote home building and ownership. Accompanied by jaunty music and images of a timber mill and the production of bricks and roof tiles, a narrator explains that these industries enable people to realise the dream of owning their own home. The narrator ...

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Latvian belt, c1970

This is a woven belt, using traditional Latvian patterns symbolising the morning star. The ornate design indicates it is part of a woman's costume. The dimensions of the belt are 268 cm x 5 cm.

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Building their own home, c1947

This clip describes how building a house yourself wasn't easy in the years after the Second World War. The first part of the clip shows footage and photographs of construction as Olive and Roger Robbins talk about building their house and the commentator explains the shortages, delays and restictions of the period. The ...

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We're driving on sunshine (woah oh!)

In the World Solar Challenge, participants from all around the world drive solar-powered cars from Darwin to Adelaide. Find out how these cars work, and why we don't see them driving down our streets.

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What is a joggobot?

Robots have traditionally been used to perform tasks that humans don't want to or cannot do. In recent years, however, robot technology has looked at robots as companions. How do you feel about this? Do you think robots could ever replace human or even animal companionship? Why/why not?

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School robot rescue!

Could you create a robot for a dangerous rescue mission? As part of the Da Vinci Programme at Holy Cross College, students built and programmed their own robot to follow a line through obstacles and rescue a ‘casualty' at a simulated chemical spill.

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Australites

This is an information sheet on australites, a dark, glassy type of tektite. 

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Male and female textile employees sewing garments, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting a group of male and female textile workers using industrial sewing machines to assemble garments in a large workshop at a textiles factory. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 10.3 cm x ...

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Female textile employees sewing garments, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting a group of female textile workers using industrial sewing machines to assemble garments in a large workshop at a textiles factory. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 10.3 cm x height, 10 cm.

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Forest Learning: Going bush - native and plantation forests

This is a video comparing and contrasting Victoria's native forests and plantation forests of eucalyptus and pine in terms of their management requirements and the timber and fibre products they produce. Filmed on location in the forests, the presenters of Going Bush describe the uses of each particular forest's products ...

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Forest Learning: Going bush - South Australia pine tree experts

This is a video about the radiata pine plantation forests in South Australia's 'Green Triangle', what they are used for and how they are managed. Filmed on location and including interviews with people involved in forest management, it describes the extent of the Green Triangle, the size of the forests, the huge numbers ...

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Tracking heatwaves in Australia

A database tracking the last 60 or so years of heatwaves shows that they are getting longer, more frequent and more intense in Australia. In this clip, climate scientist Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick explains how and why. Overall, she describes that the biggest increase has been in the frequency of heatwaves in Australia, ...

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Vegemite jar, 1923-28

This is an amber-coloured glass jar, cylindrical in form but slightly tapering from the base to the neck. The jar is both lipped and footed. It is missing the lid and the label. Marks on the underside show 'FRED WALKER and Co. PTY LTD'. The jar measures 7.2 cm height x 4.7 cm diameter.