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Aerial view of the Sunshine Harvester Works, 1928

This is a black-and-white aerial photograph of the Sunshine Harvester Works, located at Sunshine in Melbourne's west, in 1928. At centre right is Hampshire Road, with the factory area visible to the left of it, and offices to the right. Hampshire Road is bisected by Devonshire Road, which runs diagonally from the top left ...

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Aerial drawing of the Sunshine Harvester Works, c1910-14

This is a black-and-white drawing, created some time between 1910 and 1914, showing an elevated view of the Sunshine Harvester Works in Melbourne. It depicts three railway branch lines running into the factory. On the railway line extending to the lower far right is a machine-loaded train exiting the factory at Russell ...

Interactive Resource

Railway systems of Australia 1880-89 - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a historical map of the railway systems of Australia, published c1889, showing the different railway lines, which operated largely to join mining and agricultural centres to the coasts. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore this map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone ...

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Steam transportation in Australia

Steam generated the principal form of mechanical power for Australia's transport systems from the second half of the 19th century until the widespread adoption of the internal combustion engine in the 20th century. This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised into six categories - steam trains; river steamers; ...

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The Golden West, 1940: Trans-Australian Railway

This silent clip shows the Trans-Australia Express and the Nullarbor Plain in 1940 and is part of a travelogue of a train journey made by Will Alma. It begins with shots of drivers and engineers making adjustments to two locomotives, followed by an image of a map on which a line is traced from Kalgoorlie to Port Pirie. ...

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Repairing a truck on the Nullarbor in 1915

This is a 1915 black-and-white photograph showing a man and a woman working to repair a truck while another man looks on. The whole rear axle and wheels have been removed from the vehicle and spare tyres lie on the ground. The photograph was taken somewhere on the Nullarbor, along the route of the Trans-Australian Railway ...

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Felling giant karri in Western Australia in 1929

This is an excerpt from the silent black-and-white documentary 'The golden west' filmed in Western Australia in 1929. A highly decorated intertitle, 'Down among the big timbers the giants of the forest are fashioned into many things for many lands. "Come to the West - 1929"' is followed by scenes showing the felling of ...

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Transporting giant karri logs in 1929

This is an excerpt from the silent black-and-white documentary 'The golden west' filmed in Western Australia in 1929. It comprises two scenes: the first shows a steam train reversing down a slope pulling flat wagons carrying eight huge karri trunks and the second shows the train pulling into a sawmill yard for unloading. ...

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Locomotive on its delivery run to Melbourne, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph of a new B-class locomotive on its delivery run to Victorian Railways. The locomotive is suspended by a large gantry crane while workers use a traction engine to change the standard gauge bogie (one of a pair of pivoted trucks supporting a railway locomotive) to a broad gauge bogie, ...

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Trans-Australian Railway workers' camp, 1913

This is a black-and-white photograph of the construction camp train used by workers building the Trans-Australian Railway track between Kalgoorlie and Port Augusta from 1913 to 1917.

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Wool transported by train from Hesso in 1918

This is a black-and-white photograph of neatly stacked bales of wool being transported on a flat-bed railway truck from Hesso, a locality on the Stuart Highway 51 kilometres north of Port Augusta, South Australia, in October 1918.

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Copper town, Mt Lyell, Tasmania, 1948

This is a black-and-white photograph of Mt Lyell, a mining town in western Tasmania in 1948. It features parts of a slag heap and a goods train in the foreground, the township in the centre and denuded hills in the background.

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Cutting up logs at a sawmill in Pemberton in 1946

This is a 1946 photograph of two men operating a mechanical belt-driven circular saw to cut a large half-log lengthways in a sawmill at Pemberton, Western Australia.

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Lounge car, Sydney-Melbourne express, 1962

This is a black-and-white photograph of the lounge on the 'Southern Aurora', the Sydney-Melbourne express train, in 1962. The photograph shows a waiter serving drinks to two seated passengers, while a third passenger sits nearby; there are three other passengers in the background.

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Navvies' camp, Waterfall, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney, showing a tent camp for workers at Waterfall in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. The camp consists of six tents and a corrugated iron structure, and is surrounded by forest ...

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Building the Trans-Australian Railway, c1915

This is a black-and-white silver gelatin photograph, 8.7 cm x 13.8 cm, of men constructing the Trans-Australian Railway line in South Australia or Western Australia between 1912 and 1917, but probably in 1915. They are shovelling sand into skips along the rail tracks running at the bottom of a sand embankment, and two draught ...

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Hilltop railway cutting near Mittagong, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney, showing a section of the Main South Line railway near Mittagong, New South Wales, some time between 1884 and 1917. Three men and a woman are posed on a fettler's trolley, a small, self-propelled ...

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The Incline, Mount Kembla Colliery, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney, showing the self-acting incline at the Mount Kembla Colliery on the south coast of New South Wales. It shows an inclined railway for moving coal out of the mine, which is at the top ...

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Leura Railway Station, Blue Mountains, 1902-17

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows Leura Railway Station in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, from the eastern end, looking west along the platform. The brick station building has a hipped roof that extends ...

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Across the Trans-Continental Railway, c1917: Laying the railway line

This silent black-and-white clip shows scenes from the construction of the Trans-Australian Railway between Port Augusta in South Australia and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. The opening scene of men unloading timber sleepers is followed by scenes of two men in a buggy driving alongside the railway track, of a steam engine ...