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Processing sultanas for packing, 1920s

This is a black-and-white photograph of 17 women working at four conveyor belts in a packing shed during the 1920s. Wearing white uniforms, aprons and caps, the women are picking out damaged or discoloured fruit as it passes by on the belts, while two male supervisors look on. Machinery operating the conveyor belts can ...


Washing clothes in an iron tub, c1890s

This is a black-and-white photograph made from a glass negative. It shows a woman washing clothes by hand in a galvanised iron tub outdoors, beside a high fence made from sheets of galvanised iron. A cane laundry basket and washed clothes hanging on a clothes line can be seen.


'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 11 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve working conditions in the early 1950s. It shows men and cars outside the 'Waterside Employment Centre' in Napoleon Street, ...


Ivan Kucan and friends eating ice-cream at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, 1950

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Ivan Kucan, third from left, and five other men at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre. Three of the group are eating ice-cream. The men are probably resting during a work project.