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'Sycamore Civil and Military Helicopter' booklet, 1956

This is an illustrated 20-page booklet produced by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1956 to promote the Sycamore helicopter, one of the earliest commercially successful British helicopter designs. Instructional diagrams and mostly black-and-white photographs are included, and some colour is used in both text and illustrations.


A Big Country - The Drover, 1981: The long paddock

This clip shows drover Jack Tawney on horseback as he and another drover move a large mob of sheep along a travelling stock route in the Australian outback. Music accompanies Tawney's voice-over in the opening scene of drovers at work. Tawney is interviewed by ABC reporter Stewart McLennan (not shown on camera) while casually ...


The Squatter's Daughter, 1933: Shearing and plotting

This clip shows a real shearing operation taking place at a large sheep station in New South Wales as a backdrop for the 1933 feature film 'The Squatter's Daughter'. Dogs help herd a large mob of sheep into a holding yard, then to pens inside a large woolshed. While a team of shearers and helpers attend to the sheep, two ...


Aboriginal guides in the Thornycroft expedition, 1929

This is a black-and-white photograph showing four Aboriginal stockmen standing in front of a small plane in the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory in May 1929. Two have a hand on the single propeller of the plane, which was named Kookaburra. The four, identified as Bob, Tommy, Hughie and Jack, are guides who had joined ...


Squatters on their 'run'

This collection of 24 images focuses on the experiences of three squatters, Duncan Cooper and George and Harry Thomson, who occupied land in western Victoria from 1842 to 1853. The collection is organised into five sections - squatters occupying a 'run' at Challicum; establishing the home station; lambing stations and outstations; ...


Washing, sorting and baling wool

This is a collection of resources about work in and around the woolshed, focusing on work other than shearing. In some views the collection is presented in five categories - washing wool; sorting, rolling and classing wool; baling wool; counting out sheep; and the woolshed in full operation. It contains historical photographs; ...



This collection of digital curriculum resources focuses on shearers and shearing. In some views the collection is organised into four categories - shearers in action, shearers and Australian identity, shearing sheds and shearing shed interiors. The collection includes watercolours, photographs, a colonial song about a shearer, ...



This collection of eight digital curriculum resources focuses on the work of drovers in herding cattle and sheep over long distances in 19th- and 20th-century Australia. It is organised into two categories: at work; and the drover's life. The collection contains paintings, photographs and film footage, including footage ...



This collection of nine digital curriculum resources focuses on the work of shepherds in 19th-century Australia before the introduction of fenced paddocks made their job redundant. The collection is organised into six categories: watching the flock by day; moving sheep into the fold for the night; huts and watchboxes; caring ...

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On the farm - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the characteristics of farm animals so they can begin to write descriptive text. This unit is particularly aimed at ESL (NESB) students and those who have limited experience of the world beyond their immediate lives. Students have regular opportunities to listen to and use correct ...


Shearing shed, 1921

This is an image, possibly a publicity still, from the 1921 silent movie 'A girl of the bush'. The still shows shearers at work in the shearing shed and the lead character, Lorna Denver, played by Vera James, standing in the centre, flanked by other principal characters. The captions read 'The Shearing Shed at Kangaroo ...


Landing on an outback airstrip

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary film made in 1929 beginning with an intertitle, 'The ''WOOLLY WEST'''. A second intertitle, 'Photography's envoy into the realm of wool makes use of Queensland's taxi service ... ''Bullocky Bill'' and his charges clear the station 'drome.' introduces footage showing a bullock ...


Station transport and supplies

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary film made in 1929, probably entitled 'The woolly west'. An intertitle, 'A horse and saddle are the chief tools of the station trade.', introduces footage of a large herd of horses being led by a man on horseback and three men riding horses out of a pen. A second intertitle, 'This ...


Bucking horses

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary film made in 1929, probably entitled 'The woolly west'. It begins with the intertitle, 'A sensational part of the day's work.' and shows stockmen riding bucking horses, attempting to break them to the saddle.


'Guardians' of a flock of sheep

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary film made in 1929, probably entitled 'The woolly west'. It is introduced by the intertitle, 'Guardians of the woolly flocks.' and shows a large flock of sheep with men on horseback and dogs.


Queen Elizabeth II at Dubbo, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph of Queen Elizabeth II in Dubbo, central western New South Wales, on 10 February 1954. The Queen's visit to Dubbo came as part of a two-month Australian tour with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Walking with the Queen is Les Clark, president of the Dubbo Pastoral, Agricultural and ...


Sheep and wool from the Better Farming Train

This is black-and-white silent footage from a 1927 documentary entitled 'Victoria's Better Farming Train'. It begins with a shot of sheep being held by male handlers in front of their pens on the Better Farming Train. This is followed by the intertitle 'Wool car … maintenance of Australia's high standard is essential' and ...


Counting out the shorn sheep in 1920

This is an excerpt from documentary footage from 1920 showing scenes near Gundagai, New South Wales. An intertitle reads: 'Shearing in the Gundagai District (Counting Out).' The footage shows men letting shorn sheep out of a pen and counting them as they go through a narrow opening.


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.


Compass from the 'Kookaburra', 1929

This is a colour photograph of the compass from the ill-fated plane 'Kookaburra', which took part in the search for the 'Southern Cross' and its crew in April 1929. Both crew of the 'Kookaburra' died after a forced landing in the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory. The metal compass is approximately 10.7 cm wide.