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'Jitterbugging in Negro juke joint', 1939

This is a black-and-white photograph showing African Americans at a roadside dance hall outside Clarksdale in Mississippi, USA, one Saturday evening in November 1939. Couples are jitterbugging to music from a jukebox while other people, mostly men, are standing around. The photograph was taken by Marion Post Wolcott.

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Global workplace: civil engineer

Find out whether you are suited to working in another country as a civil engineer. Identify your job and lifestyle preferences. Compare your preferences with working conditions and cultural environments in other countries. For example, working hours for civil engineers are longer in some countries than others. Explore which ...

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Beth Murray: the people behind the Snowy Mountains Scheme

Help a young historian to make an exhibit celebrating 50 years since work started on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. Explore a timeline describing how people conceived, planned and built the ambitious project. Sort photos into three categories: visionaries, planners and workers. Write headings and scene descriptions ...

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Fashionista - Mambo, 2003: Surfie chic

This clip shows artist Robert Moore in his studio explaining to interviewer Lee Lin Chin how he began working for the surfwear company Mambo. As he talks, there is footage of him sketching cars and footage of Mambo designs, the Mambo work team and surfing. Surf music and a rhythmical music soundtrack accompany the visuals. ...

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Robyn Williams talks about inspiring young scientists, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the leading science journalist and broadcaster, Robyn Williams, offering advice on how to encourage children to be interested in science. Williams states that the 'greatest challenge' is to exploit and maintain a 'natural' interest displayed in early childhood. He suggests that children ...

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Wire spiral eggcups - mathematics activities

The photograph shows two eggcups that were made by twisting wire into a spiral or, more correctly, a helix (or helical shape). The helix is found in many objects in nature and is used in households and manufacturing. The length of wire used to make the eggcup can be estimated by making careful use of working assumptions, ...

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Strictly Ballroom, 1992: Triumph

In this clip Scott and Fran triumph over the rigid rules of the Australian Dancing Federation with their electrifying performance of the paso doble. Although disqualified by the judges for failing to dance 'strictly ballroom' steps, they are inspired by the emotional support provided by Scott's father, Doug. His slow rhythmical ...

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Cable housing - mathematics activities

This photograph of a steel cable or wire rope and its housing suggests a number of counting and shape related activities. It is important for students to recognise that the wires and the derivative threads of the cable must be twisted in the opposite sense to avoid unravelling. Teachers are encouraged to scan all the ideas ...

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Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction, c1930

This is a frame blow-up showing the two halves of the Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction. The frame comes from an eight-minute black-and-white movie, 'Sydney Harbour Bridge: construction' showing the building of the Bridge from start to finish.

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Diagram of the Snowy Mountains Scheme

This is a schematic cross-section diagram, drawn in 1953, of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. It shows the two main sections of the Scheme: the Tumut and the Snowy-Murray Developments. The diagram outlines the two transmountain tunnel systems that divert water from the Snowy River and its tributary, the Eucumbene ...

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Road building, Canberra, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph taken looking south along Mort Street, Braddon, a suburb of Canberra, in 1927. The surface of the road is being 'macadamised'. In the centre of the photo, steam can be seen rising from a steam roller, and in the background behind it can be seen the Civic Centre. On the left-hand side ...

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Excavation site, Canberra, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of two men and a woman taken at an unidentified sewerage works site in Canberra, in November 1926. The man on the right-hand side is the works foreman, Jeremiah ('Jerry') Dillon. The other man and the woman are unidentified visitors. Behind the three, a section of light rail leads into ...

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Road building, Canberra, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of a road being built at an unidentified location in Canberra in 1926. A steam-powered traction engine is towing a scraper that is picking up soil and sending it on a conveyor belt into the back of a horse-drawn cart. In the foreground on the left-hand side, two men are using picks to ...

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Cotter Dam, from a cracked glass plate negative, 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph showing water flowing down the face of the Cotter Dam in the Australian Capital Territory. Taken in 1928, the photograph shows the cracks in the original glass plate negative.

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Surveying for Adaminaby Dam in 1949

This is a 1949 photograph taken near the site of what is now the Eucumbene Dam in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. It shows two men, one of whom is probably the Assistant Surveying Chief, Jack Robinson, with an optical theodolite. The letters BM 3 H are carved into the trunk of a tree.

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Surveying Snowy Mountains Scheme dam, 1949

This is a black-and-white photograph of two men surveying the site of the Eucumbene Dam, a valley near Adaminaby, New South Wales. A surveyor is taking notes beside a tripod and theodolite (an instrument used by a surveyor to measure angles), while another man is holding a stadia rod (a graduated vertical rod used to find ...

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Debutantes' ball in Canberra, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph of a debutantes' ball held at the Albert Hall in Canberra in 1956. The debutantes, wearing white gowns and long gloves and holding corsages, are dancing with their partners in rows in a square formation. A large crowd of guests, including the invited dignitaries, are watching. A live ...

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Sustenance workers at bridge construction site, 1930s

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by C R Gotts most probably in the 1930s, showing a group of workers standing on the bridge they are building as part of a sustenance project for the unemployed during the Great Depression in Australia. The photograph measures 13.4 cm x 20.6 cm.

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Construction of streets in Canberra, 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph of streets being constructed with a T-intersection in Canberra. The worksite includes construction vehicles and temporary buildings. A man is walking on a section that appears to be pegged out for a footpath and ruts indicate that the street is already being used.

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Postcard depicting Beryl Bruce in 'Socialist' fancy dress, 1913

This is a black-and-white postcard featuring a photograph of young Beryl ('Bobbie') Bruce dressed as 'The Socialist' newspaper at the Victorian Socialist Party's fancy dress ball in Melbourne in August 1913. Her dress features a copy of a page of the newspaper sewn onto the skirt, and a border near the hem with the words ...