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Captain Cook's navigational instruments

This resource includes a small magnifying glass and a plane table frame used on Captain James Cook's voyages for navigation and surveying.

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Rise of the machines: drones

Wireless technology and mobile phones mean that people and places are more connected than at any other stage in our history. Now get ready for the next technological revolution - remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) or 'drones'. However, not everyone supports this technology. Hear about some of the concerns.

Teacher resource

Liveability and sustainable living - teacher resource

This resource for teachers is a series of 12 activities in three parts that can be used to support the year 7 geography unit, Place and liveability. Each part includes several detailed activities relevant to exploring different aspects of liveability. These include: investigating local qualities of liveability, making comparisons ...


Naval officer's telescope

This is a naval officer's telescope or spyglass. It was made in England in about 1760 from brass, glass and wood. There is an eyepiece at one end. The telescope is 51.5 centimetres long when closed and 88 centimetres when fully extended.


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.


Binoculars used on the 'Hong Hai', 1978

This is a pair of Russian issue military binoculars with a piece of red cord attached near the focus wheel.


Chronometer from SS 'Grace Darling', 1907

This is a 1907 brass and steel chronometer in a square mahogany case. It has a glass-covered dial and gold hands. The maker's name, 'Clerke, Maker to the Royal Navy', and address, 'Royal Exchange London', are written across the centre of the dial. The chronometer measures 17.5 cm in diameter and is 19.5 cm deep.


Binnacle from SS 'Quorna', 1913-47

This is a wood and brass binnacle, which supports the compass used to navigate the SS 'Quorna' from 1913 to 1947. The compass has a glass-plated window and is encased in brass. On the front of the binnacle is a clinometer, a gauge for indicating the angle of the ship's lean. Brass oil lamps and red and green iron balls ...


Two sextants, early 19th century

These are two sextants, one made of brass and ebony, the other of brass and mahogany and in a mahogany case. The limbs (or arms) of each sextant make an arc of 60 degrees and support a brass insert calibrated to read angles of up to 120 degrees. A brass index arm is pivoted at the top of the limbs. Two double mirrors (the ...


Patrick Auld's notebook of lunar observations, 1862

These are pages 4 and 5 of Patrick Auld's notebook of lunar observations made at Newcastle Waters, Northern Territory, on 19 and 20 April during explorer John McDouall Stuart's 1862 transcontinental expedition from Adelaide (South Australia) to Darwin (NT). There are three groups of sextant observations on the top half ...


Specimen piece of Charles Babbage's 'Difference Engine No 1', 1822-33

This is specimen piece of 'Difference Engine No 1' (a calculating machine), designed between 1822 and 1833 by Charles Babbage, and assembled in 1879 after his death by his son, Henry Provost Babbage. The specimen piece consists of six ferrous metal shafts supporting various gunmetal wheels, cogs and cams all mounted on ...


Interactive weather and wave forecast maps

This is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) web page providing weather and wave forecasts for up to seven days displayed as a computer-generated map. The wide range of options available via drop-down menus includes the type of weather or wave information to be displayed, level (altitude), area (region), time zone and period (duration). ...

Teacher resource

GeogSpace: Language of geography

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice in a support unit on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. Illustration 1 examines the processes of reading and writing using a variety of texts and resources. Illustration 2 supports the development of required knowledge and understandings ...

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GeogSpace: Geographical inquiry

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice in a support unit on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. Illustration 1 encourages the development of knowledge and understanding about asking questions about the world. Illustration 2 supports classroom work with year 7 students ...


Earthshots: satellite images of environmental change - Singapore

This resource is a series of satellite images of Singapore showing changes from 1973 to 2009 accompanied by a text explanation and a brief history of Singapore from British colonisation in 1819. The images and text together chart changes over time such as the destruction of the original tropical rainforest apart from small ...


Earthshots: satellite images of environmental change - Beijing, China

This resource is a series of satellite images of Beijing showing changes from 1977 to 2011 accompanied by a text explanation including a recent history of the development of Beijing. The text describes visible features such as the Inner City, the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace Museum), the Temple of Heaven, one of three ...


Earthshots: satellite images of environmental change - Lake Chad, Africa

This resource is a series of satellite images of Lake Chad in Africa, showing its decline due to prolonged drought and increased water use from 1963 to 2003, accompanied by a text explanation, including a brief history of the lake. The text describes the geographical features of the freshwater lake, the effect of the region's ...

Teacher resource

GeogSpace: years 9-10 - inquiry and skills

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. The illustrations relate to the Geographical Inquiry and Skills strand of the Australian Curriculum: Geography. Illustration 1 investigates how the inquiry approach is fundamental to teaching ...

Interactive Resource

Tsunami: the ultimate guide

This comprehensive web resource provides a series of six interactive slide shows (chapters) that introduce the cause and impacts of tsunami with a focus on Australia, Asia and Pacific regions. Produced by experts in the field, this information is clearly and simply described. The engaging presentation is enriched with photography, ...

Teacher resource

Tsunami lesson plan resources

This is a comprehensive website about Tsunamis. Topics include: what is a tsunami, how tsunamis occur, the impact they have on the environment and people; developments in warning systems; and how to prepare in the event of a tsunami. Resource sections include: Key learning areas; Objectives; Get the facts, with six lesson ...