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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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Sally Cann sampler

This is an embroidery sampler made by Sally Cann in 1853 when she was ten years old. It is made from plain woven linen embroidered in wool threads, and measures 57 cm x 60.5 cm. Depicted in the sampler in rows divided by lines of embroidery stitches are (from top to bottom) the alphabet in upper case in two different styles, ...

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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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Lace panel by Cecilia Heffer, 2007

This is a machine-made and printed silk organza lace panel designed and made by Cecilia Heffer, Sydney. It is rectangular in shape and comprises circles of printed silk organza machine-stitched together to create a delicate openwork panel. The print depicts Australian wildflowers - banksias, flannel flowers and grevilleas.

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French souvenir doll with fishing net and basket of mussels, 1890-1900

This is a female doll with a fishing net and a basket of mussels. It was probably made to be a souvenir of a French coastal town, and would have been intended for display rather than play. It was made in France from bisque (unglazed pottery), wood, cotton, human hair and wool between 1880 and 1900. The body and legs are ...

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Moorcroft vase, 1949-73

This is an earthenware vase made in England by William Moorcroft at some time between 1949 and 1973. It features a smooth upright rim and bulbous sides, a painted blue flowerhead with green leaves on each side. It is covered with a glossy blue glaze. The vase is 9.0 cm wide and 8.0 cm high.

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Bark cloth from Samoa, 1925-35

This is 'siapo', bark cloth manufactured from the paper mulberry plant and painted in Samoa at some stage between 1925 and 1935. This piece of siapo is large, rectangular and decorated with eight rectangular motifs patterned from a wooden block that has been rubbed with a light brown dye. Leaf-like shapes inside the rectangles ...

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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.

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Countermarch floor loom, 1945-50

This is a loom made from recycled timber. The loom is fitted together with wooden pegs and steel bolts, and is made up of many pieces, which allow it to be dismantled and reconstructed. Its dimensions are: 1.43 m (length) x 1.70 m (width) x 1.88 m (height).

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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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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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Operating overhead cranes at a textile factory, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting a group of male workers at a textile factory. They are operating overhead travelling cranes to lift racks containing spools of thread in and out of large metal dyeing vats. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its ...

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Textile workers cutting out garment patterns, 1950-60 - item 3

This is a black-and-white image depicting a group of textile workers cutting and packing patterns for garment construction on long workbenches in a textile 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.