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Pipe dreams, 2007: O'Connor's dream for water

This clip is an excerpt from the 2007 film 'Pipe dreams' (55 min), the second episode of a three-part series entitled 'Constructing Australia'. Over black-and-white photographs and dramatised video of the key players, a narrator describes the significant challenges of supplying water to the WA goldfields in the late 19th ...

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Explore water pipes [includes spoken instructions]

Trace a city's water supply and wastewater. Collect and test water samples from a dam, treatment plant, pumping station, house, sewage treatment plant and creek outfall. Compare the water clarity and purity at each location.

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Where does tap water come from? [includes spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Explore water pipes [no spoken instructions]

Trace a city's water supply and wastewater. Collect and test water samples from a dam, treatment plant, pumping station, house, sewage treatment plant and creek outfall. Compare the water clarity and purity at each location.

Interactive resource

Where does tap water come from? [no spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Distilling eucalyptus oil in 1929

This is an excerpt from a silent black-and-white documentary entitled 'The Eucalyptus Industry', which dates from 1929. It shows two men stamping eucalyptus leaves into a distillery vat. A wooden lid is then lowered onto the top by a pulley system and the vat is sealed securely. This scene is followed by an intertitle that ...

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Program for opening of Hills Water Scheme for Perth and Fremantle, 1925

This is a program commemorating the official opening of the first section of the Hills Water Scheme for Perth and Fremantle, Western Australia, in December 1925. The four-page black-and-white brochure is 12.5 cm x 20 cm.

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 7

This is a segment of a black-and-white film produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 titled 'Mineral wealth'. The commentary is backed by light organ music. A shot of a huge mountain of arid mine waste fades to the water-filled Mundaring Weir, surrounded by trees. The camera pans across the reservoir and ...

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Cartoon showing John Forrest and C Y O'Connor, 1897

This is a cartoon in the 'Western Table Talk', published in October 1897, showing Western Australian Premier John Forrest flying as an angel above a pipeline crossing the landscape of WA. The pipeline, which is supposed to be carrying large volumes of water, is dribbling drops into the bucket of four workers, some of whom ...

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C Y O'Connor's suicide note, 1902

This is a note written by Charles Yelverton O'Connor, Engineer-in-Chief of Western Australia with overall responsibility for the Coolgardie Water Scheme. It was presented as evidence at the inquest into his death in 1902. The note is handwritten and contains some deletions and a postscript.

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Granite outcrop at Kellerberrin, 2002

This is a low wall made from slabs of granite at the base of a huge granite outcrop at Kellerberrin Hill, approximately 150 km along the route of the Golden Pipeline, 200 km east of Perth in Western Australia. It is designed to catch rain running off the rock. A second wall parallel to the first has created a channel or ...

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Water gushing into an irrigation channel, c1920

This is a black-and-white photograph of a valve being opened to allow water to flow from the Murray River into a channel in about 1920. The man opening the valve is possibly Sam McIntosh, then head of the Irrigation Commission, and the channel into which the water flows is possibly the '70 foot' channel on Vaughan Terrace ...

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Camels pulling pipes, c1900

This is a black-and-white photograph showing ten camels in harness pulling a wagonload of pipes destined for the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme along a well-travelled route in the eastern gold fields. Two lengths of 8.5-m pipe are joined with a collar and in total the camels are pulling 12 pipes on the load. The photograph ...

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Laying pipes across the Darling Ranges, c1902

This is a posed black-and-white photograph showing the laying and jointing of a section of the Coolgardie Water Supply pipeline to Western Australia's eastern gold fields. It shows a number of people working in terrain typical of the forest country in the Darling Ranges and indicates the extensive timber clearing that was ...

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'Faces of Australia', 1968 - part 14 of 34

This is a clip showing part of the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme in New South Wales. It is taken from 'Faces of Australia', a 1968 colour film with commentary. The camera pans as two workmen walk past a row of large sections of concrete piping. A long shot then shows the site of the Jindabyne ...