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Outback House - summer recreation

Imagine leaving your home to travel back to a time over 150 years ago, to live and work on an outback farm. Sixteen Australians take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work like a real station of the 1860s. Have some cool summer fun with the children and station hands. ...


Andy Thomas discusses recreation on Mir, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Australian astronaut and cosmonaut Andy Thomas describing the recreational challenges of living for almost five months aboard the Russian space station Mir in 1998. The recording was made in August 2008.


Children playing on a water pump stand, Lake Boga, Victoria, c1910

This image is from a photographic negative titled 'Lake Boga - wooden tower and bathers'. It shows children playing on a wooden water pump stand designed for filling portable water tanks. The stand is located on the lake shore. Other children are playing with a small boat and paddle in the shallows.


O'Connor and Bodman families having picnic in bush, St Margaret Island, c1915

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a bush picnic on St Margaret Island, in about 1915. The picnickers are John Joseph 'JJ' O'Connor, his daughter Gray O'Connor and young adopted son Harold (known as Dibby), and Mrs Bodman (first name unknown) and her daughter Mollie Bodman. The image is a digital scan of the original ...


Nigel Bondfield in Nunawading swimming pool, c1982

This colour photograph features 8-year-old Nigel Bondfield at the Nunawading Swimming Pool in about 1982. It was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006.


Ivy and Frederick Russell sitting in 'dickie' seat of Citroen car on family drive, 1930s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Ivy and Frederick Russell and friends out for a Sunday drive in the 1930s. Ivy and Frederick were relegated to the fold-out 'dickie' seat at the back.


Ellerbock family and friends at Croydon swimming pool, 1964

This colour photograph features the Ellerbock family and friends in swimming costumes at Croydon Swimming Pool, 1964. It was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006.


Lampascope magic lantern and lamp, from 1861

This is a lampascope magic lantern, a slide projector for home use. The lampascope is attached to a glass lamp that contains a kerosene burner and that sits on a tall glass lamp post. Both the lampascope and the lamp post are decorated.


Apple iPod classic - first generation, 2001

This is the original model Apple iPod, a digital music player and storage device. It is pictured here with its cardboard box packaging. The iPod has a mechanical scroll wheel, white ear plugs and FireWire and headset connection ports. This iPod was one of the first procured in Australia - in 2001.


Gray O'Connor, family and friends standing by shack after swimming, St Margaret Island, c1910

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Gray O'Connor, her family and friends (names unknown) posing after returning from a swim to a makeshift beach shack on St Margaret Island in Gippsland. All but one of the four women and two men appear to wear bathing costumes of the period, the men standing modestly behind a ...


Pamphengos magic lantern, c1883

This is a Pamphengos magic lantern, an early slide projector, designed and produced by optician William Charles Hughes. It comprises a black metal box and a gold-coloured section holding a lens. There is space behind the lens to place slides. A chimney is attached to the chimney housing with two screws. The lantern was ...


Anna Ellerbock and her four young children dressed for Sunday walk, Ringwood East, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Ellerbock family on a dirt footpath, standing next to a white picket fence and flower garden, on Bedford Road, Ringwood East. Anna Ellerbock and her four young children, Anna Jnr, Ingrid, Herb and John Jnr, are dressed up in their best clothes for a Sunday afternoon walk. ...


Nancy Pitts in 'butterfly' costume, Merrigum, 1910s

This image from a photographic negative shows a young girl, Nancy Pitts, with a large bow in her hair and wrapped in a large sheet of cloth made to look like butterfly wings. The photograph was taken in the 1910s by Nancy's aunt, Lilian.


Concert room at Ballarat, 1855

This is a watercolour, measuring 22.8 cm x 31.9 cm, by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), a famous colonial artist. It shows Charles Thatcher (1831-78), a comic singer well known on the gold fields, performing popular songs on stage at the Charlie Napier Hotel in Ballarat with a female accompanist. The painting has the artist's ...


Favourite pastimes and pets

This collection of interactive and printable resources introduces ways of making invitations and suggestions, and describing favourite games, sports and pets. It focuses on the core questions 'Cosa ne dice se ...?' and 'Cosa possiamo fare?', and uses a variety of hobbies ('calcio', 'al computer') associated with verb 'giocare'. ...


Days and months

This is a collection of digital activities and printable worksheets for the Italian language curriculum introducing the days of the week, the months, and festivities such as Pasqua and Ferragosto. Activities are mostly in cultural contexts that include what people do, where they go and what they celebrate on specific days. ...


Papanastasiou family playing in backyard wading pool, Yarraville, December 1980

This is a colour photograph of the Papanastasiou family playing in a blue plastic wading pool in the backyard of their family home at Yarraville, Melbourne, in December 1980. Three children of various ages can be seen playing in the small pool, along with a baby who is being held up by a woman, possibly their grandmother. ...


Moore family having lunch at Royal Melbourne Show, Ascot Vale, 1961

This is a colour photograph showing the Moore family, mother and four children, having lunch during their annual outing to the Royal Melbourne Show, Ascot Vale, 1961. The family went to the Show 'religiously' every year. The Royal Melbourne Show has operated since 1848, when it started as a ploughing competition in Moonee ...


Gerald Brocklesby jumping over rotating sprinkler, Blackburn, 1953

This black-and-white photograph features Gerald Brocklesby jumping over a sprinkler in the back garden of his family home at Blackburn in 1953.


Judy Schlesinger and friends in backyard wading pool, Kew, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph of Judy Schlesinger, Vivien (surname unknown) and an unknown boy in a rectangular canvas wading pool in the backyard of the Schlesinger's family home in Kew, Melbourne, in 1954. A couple of other young children can be seen at the edge of the photograph. The garden behind the children ...