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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 ...


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 ...


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; ...


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 ...


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 ...


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. ...


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.


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Stateline - The Transcontinental Dream, 2004: Blood, sweat and tears

This clip shows part of the inaugural trip of the Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin in 2004. ABC reporter Mark Bowling explains the train's history and says it was named after Afghan cameleers. Historical footage shows camel trains, the original rail line to Alice Springs under construction in the 1920s and the first Ghan that ...


'Union is strength', 1883

This black-and-white illustration of an allegorical banner portrays the colonies of New South Wales and Victoria shaking hands. Both are depicted as classical maidens, NSW on the right holding a crook and Vic on the left holding a laurel branch. Between them a railway bridge is visible. The picture was a decoration at a ...


Celebrating the railway link between Sydney and Melbourne, 1883

This cropped black-and-cream illustration shows New South Wales governor Lord Loftus making a speech at a banquet held in Albury (NSW) to celebrate the completion of a rail link between Melbourne and Sydney. On the left are dignitaries, including the Victorian premier James Service. The banqueting hall, a railway goods ...