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Australasian Gazette - Conversion, c1920

This silent black-and-white clip shows newsreel coverage of the conversion to electric power of a cable tram system in Melbourne. It shows work commencing on tracks on Victoria Parade, including shots of a mechanical pothole digger excavating holes for the power poles, and men installing the poles. A new electric tram is ...


Leyland double-decker bus, 1951

This a double-decker Leyland omnibus painted in blue and cream and numbered 2769. The bus has a Leyland style OPD2/1 chassis. There are 13 seats downstairs in addition to a driver's cabin, and 16 seats upstairs, with a rear corner staircase and fitted lighting.


Cable-trailing tramcar, 1894

This is a 16-passenger cable-trailing tramcar that once ran from King Street Wharf to Ocean Street in Sydney. It is painted a deep rich brown, and the exterior is decorated with gold and cream trimmings. The seats are varnished timber. The six windows open inwards and are covered with pulled-down roller blinds. There are ...


Steam tram used in Sydney, 1879

This is a steam tram motor locomotive made by Burnham, Parry and Williams and Co at Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia in 1879. A wooden cab encloses the entire locomotive, which features five windows along each side. Access to the cab is through doors from both the front and back platforms. Protruding through the ...


Horsedrawn omnibus, c1904

This is a horsedrawn omnibus produced by the Sydney Tramway and Omnibus Company, Sydney, in 1898. It seats 24, and consists of a wooden body with a series of five sash windows along each side. Inside are two rows of seats running the length of the vehicle. At the rear is a stairway that leads to the open seating area on ...


Sydney trolley bus number 1, 1933-56

This is a trolley bus that was made in the UK in 1933, and was the first to operate in Sydney. It looks like an ordinary motor bus on rubber wheels except that, like a tram, it once operated on electricity and was connected to overhead wires by the pair of trolley poles on the roof. There is a yellow number '1' on the front. ...


Ivan Kucan and friends sitting in a tram shelter at Flinders Street in Melbourne, 1951

This is a black-and-white photograph of Ivan Kucan, who had recently immigrated to Australia, and friends. They are sitting in a tram shelter at Flinders Street, Melbourne, in 1951.


Interior of Bell Street bus in Preston, c1930

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the interior of the Bell Street bus in Preston, Melbourne. The driver and three passengers can be seen. The photograph was taken in about 1930 by Roy Leibig.


Pablo Diaz waiting for tram, corner Queen and Bourke streets, Melbourne, c1980

This is a colour photograph showing Pablo Diaz waiting at a tram stop at the corner of Queen and Bourke streets, Melbourne. Pablo is wearing brown overalls with a blue T-shirt. A sign on a building to the left says 'NEAT & TRIM' and another to the right reads 'Hotham'. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.


W2-class 1927 Melbourne electric tram model, 2007-08

This is a scale model of W2-class drop-centre double-bogie standard-gauge electric tram No 454, a tram that was built at the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board's Preston Workshops in 1927. The model has a green body and a cream roof with a trolley pole that reaches up to overhead wires. It sits on a wooden base. ...


Horsedrawn 'Manly' tram, 1894-1907

This is a 14-seater horsedrawn tram made in 1894 at the Randwick Tramway Workshops of the New South Wales Government Railways, Sydney. The tram is metal-framed, painted brown and rests on an axle box and pedestal with helical steel springs. A metal raised roof, painted light pink, has air vents and a rotating air ventilator ...

Interactive resource

Zou ba! Transport

Explore the words for a range of transport types such as train, bus, ferry, car, bike, walking. Find out how to ask someone what mode of transport they will be using to travel.


Opening of the Prahran-Malvern Tramway, 1910: Municipal tramways

This black-and-white silent clip shows scenes celebrating the opening of the Prahran-Malvern Tramway system at the Glenferrie Road, Malvern, depot in Melbourne on 30 May 1910. The clip opens with the camera panning above the heads of the well-dressed crowd at the depot. Crowds are then shown lining the route as the first ...


Sydney Tramways, c1928: Central Square

This black-and-white silent clip shows Central Square (now called Railway Square) in Sydney in the late 1920s. A continuous stream of trams is seen arriving and departing from the station with crowds of people getting on and off or walking to or from the railway station. Automobiles and buses can also be seen. The camera ...

Teacher resource

Who tells the story? - unit of work

In this unit of work students read different versions of popular stories and gain an understanding of how a story can be told from different points of view. They develop character profiles and a digital story based on one of the stories.


Going to the races at Flemington

This is a still image from the silent era film 'Melbourne Cup 1915' taken from 2.15 minutes of unedited footage showing a crowd, possibly of Melbourne Cup racegoers at Flemington railway station in 1915. The image is taken from behind and looking down upon the crowd who are moving along the platform - possibly in the direction ...


Interior of a Melbourne tram, 1945

This is a black-and-white photo of the interior of an electric W-class tram in Melbourne in 1945. A conductor is selling tickets from his leather bag, carried with a strap around his neck. The seated passenger in the centre of the photo, wearing a cap, is an army officer in summer uniform. On the right-hand side the male ...


Crowds and a tram in Sydney, 1949

This is a black-and-white photograph of crowds and an electric tram at the north-east corner of Pitt and Market Streets in Sydney in 1949. The tram is on its way from Circular Quay to the Central Railway station, south along Pitt Street. The man in the dark uniform and cap close to the front of the tram is a tramways inspector, ...


Tram and cars in Melbourne, c1947

This is a black-and-white photograph taken at the corner of Collins and Queen Streets, Melbourne, around 1947. The W-class electric tram number 529 is travelling west along Collins Street, probably to Port Melbourne. It has stopped while passengers get on and off. At the rear of the tram can be seen the words 'Kew Depot', ...


Vietnamese tram workers, 1979

This is a black-and-white photograph taken on 17 July 1979 at the Kew depot of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board (MMTB), showing five MMTB employees who are posing for a photograph to accompany a magazine article. The man holding the rope leading to a trolley pole on the roof of the tram is Mr Vin Hurley, a ...