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Astronomical regulator clock - Charles Frodsham, 1865

This is an eight-day astronomical regulator clock made by Charles Frodsham and Co. of London in 1865.


Strasburg clock model by Richard Bartholomew Smith, 1887

This is a large-scale (1:5) working model of the original astronomical Strasbourg clock in Strasbourg Cathedral in France. This model was made from wood, metal, paper and paint in Australia between 1887 and 1889. The wooden clock case is carved and painted, and detailed with gold paint. The clock displays the position of ...


40-inch standard-measure line bar, early 19th century

This is a triangular solid-metal 40-inch (1.02-m) standard-measure line bar, made from metal and wood and stored in a polished timber case with a hinged lid. It has an associated stand (not shown). The line bar was used by Captain Henry Kater between 1820 and 1835 and by the Sydney Observatory, New South Wales, between ...


Set of standard metric weights, c1865

This is a set of standard metric weights of between 0.01 g and 1 kg, made of gilt brass and platinum wire, in a wooden box. The set includes five ivory lifters and two forceps. The box is 35 cm long x 19 cm wide x 12 cm high.


Standard weight - Troy Pound, 1844

This is a Standard Troy Pound, Parliamentary Copy No. 29 of the British Standard Pound of 1844.


Standard yard, Troughton and Simms, c1856

This is a Standard Yard made by Troughton and Simms of London circa 1856. It consists of a bronze bar in a wooden case. The yard is measured between fine lines marked on a gold pin in the well at each end of the bar. It is 113 cm long, 10 cm high and 8 cm wide.


Altitude and azimuth instrument - Troughton and Simms, c1836

This is an altitude and azimuth scientific instrument for surveying, made by Troughton and Simms of London circa 1836. It is 80 cm long, 105 cm high and 52 cm wide.


Hat stretcher, c1960

This is an appliance for stretching hats. Designed to be screwed onto a bench, it consists of an aluminium dome-shaped piece (on which the hat is placed) and a screw mechanism. When the handle was turned, the domed section would split. The appliance is 32 cm long, 25 cm wide and 21 cm high. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves ...


Cole's Book Arcade symphonion, c1890

This video features curator David Demant exploring the workings of a symphonion (a mechanical music player) that had been used in the Cole's Book Arcade in around 1890. It is now in the Museum Victoria collection. The video's duration is 3 min 5 sec.

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TIMES Module 3: Measurement and Geometry: time - teacher guide

This is a 20-page guide for teachers containing an introduction to the units of time and how to measure time. Time between events, time lines and timetables are considered. A brief history of the development of these concepts concludes the module.

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Languages online: Indonesian section 29: telling the time

This set of 11 interactive activities from the Languages online resource helps students practise saying and writing the time in 12-hour mode. The language points are asking and saying what the time is and at what time something is done with the key language focus being the question 'Jam berapa?'. Pronunciation and writing ...

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Make a cake: measure ingredients

Sarah is following a recipe. There are some different units of measure used in the recipe. Watch the video to see what these measurement words are. How much of each ingredient is needed? How are the ingredients combined to make the cake?

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The amazing 'angle-a-tron'

Lost your protractor? Well, find out how to make an 'angle-a-tron'. This might just be the coolest mathematical tool you've ever used. Measure all sorts of angles. It's easy with an angle-a-tron!

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Monumental measurement mess ups

Did you know that in Australia we use a metric system for measurement? See if you know the units of measurement for length, mass and volume. Find out what system the United States uses. You guessed it - they don't use the metric system! See how a mix up of these units can cause all kinds of mess ups.

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High rise living

Who is tall that you know? For a person, what height would you say is tall? In this clip we see what it means to measure the length of something compared to measuring the height of something. Find out the height of the tallest person in the world, measured in centimetres. Compare that to your own height. You'll be amazed ...


Mixed-Up Maths

Join our host, Ed, as he finds himself in all types of situations where only his knowledge of Maths can help him. From saving the planet from Aliens, to creating a superhero that can stop a strawberry milkshake tidal wave. From searching for buried treasure, to jumping like a daredevil, or planning the greatest circus party ...

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Leap second

We all know there are 60 seconds in a minute... or are there? Every few years an extra second is added to a day, and this is called a 'leap second'. Find out why we have leap seconds and why they mightn't be around for much longer.

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Primary science: scientific inquiry

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'scientific inquiry' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers facilitate the procedures ...

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Time (to the quarter hour)

These resources and tasks focus on student’s ability to read analogue clocks and apply their understanding. They explore analogue clock faces and take part in problem-solving investigations involving telling time to the quarter hour.

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Mining Indigenous land

Explore arguments for and against a proposal to mine Indigenous land. Examine interviews with a mining executive, conservationists and Indigenous people. Recommended an action and give reasons to justify your decision.