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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Engineering  >  Construction  >  Building components  >  Roofs
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Two men wade through water at the flooded Kodak factory, 1923 or 1934

This is a black-and-white aerial photograph of the Yarra River in flood at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, probably in either 1923 or 1934. The photograph shows two men, probably factory workers, positioned in the doorway of a flooded factory building as they wade through thigh-high water. A corrugated iron ...

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Sydney Opera House under construction, 1965

This is a colour photograph taken in 1965 that shows the Sydney Opera House during the second stage of construction. The photograph shows three of the building's distinctive roof shells (vaults), crisscrossed by scaffolding, with their spines exposed. The second shell from the left reveals the concrete 'ribs’ that form ...

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Sydney Opera House under construction, 1966

This is a colour photograph taken in 1966 that shows the Sydney Opera House during the second stage of construction. The photograph shows five of the building's distinctive roof shells (vaults) in various stages of completion. Scaffolding crisscrosses the two largest shells, and three large cranes tower over the site. The ...

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North Stradbroke Island school, 1917

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a group of nine children on the veranda of the Special Provisional School at Myora (Moongalba) on North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane in Queensland. The school is a single-storey building elevated on wooden stumps with a pitched roof made from wooden shingles. This image first ...

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Malcolm Nicklin describes building the Opera House, 2006

This is an edited sound recording of Malcolm Nicklin, who was a coordinating civil engineer on the Sydney Opera House project between 1959 and 1967. Nicklin describes the building of the basic roof structure, and how this involved processes that were new to civil engineering at the time. He also tells how difficult mathematical ...