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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Transport  >  Vehicles  >  Water transport  >  Ships  >  Steamships

Postcard of SY Aurora sent from Antarctica, 1912

This is a postcard featuring a black-and white photograph of the Steam Yacht Aurora, the ship used on the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson. Both front and back are stamped with a circular mark featuring a line drawing of a penguin, the words 'LOOSE SHIP'S LETTER / S.Y. AURORA' around the circumference ...


Toy ocean liner, c1910

This is a toy steamship manufactured around 1910 from tin plate, metal and fabric. The ship has a red and black hull, white-and-brown deck and red funnels. Two lifeboats are positioned on the upper deck and an anchor hangs from the bow. A small metal stand painted red supports the bow end of the hull. The ship features ...

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Discovering democracy: sport and leisure

View a slideshow of images and text to find out how Australians filled their leisure hours during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Identify holiday activities and methods of reaching holiday destinations. Examine the development of organised sport and other leisure activities, as well as the role that these activities ...


The Aurora on the edge of the Antarctic iceshelf, c1912

This black-and-white image, developed from a lantern slide, shows the Aurora, a ship owned by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, anchored at the edge of the Shackleton Ice Shelf off the Queen Mary Land coast in eastern Antarctica. A group of emperor penguins is in the foreground and what may be the Southern Lights can ...


Steam transportation in Australia

Steam generated the principal form of mechanical power for Australia's transport systems from the second half of the 19th century until the widespread adoption of the internal combustion engine in the 20th century. This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised into six categories - steam trains; river steamers; ...


Wilsons Promontory lighthouse keeper's home and work

This is an excerpt from a 10-minute promotional silent film about a camping trip to the Wilsons Promontory National Park. The excerpt is introduced by an intertitle 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters', and is followed by footage of people walking out of a house and through extensive vegetable gardens. A second intertitle, ...


Boats at the 1913 Hobart regatta

This is a short excerpt from a 1913 silent black-and-white newsreel, entitled 'Hobart Regatta 1913'. It begins with a brief shot of a man smoking a pipe as he doffs his cap to the camera, followed by a scene of a motor launch with many children and several adults on board. Different boats are then shown, including a large ...


The 'Great White Fleet', 1908

This is a black-and-white photograph of the 'Great White Fleet' on its visit to the Pacific in 1908. It shows 9, possibly 10, of the 16 battleships of the US Atlantic Fleet anchored in Sydney Harbour. The photograph measures 37.7 cm x 119 cm.


The 'Oronsay' sails for Europe in 1924

This is an excerpt from an item in a silent British newsreel, 'Topical Budget', made in 1924. It shows footage of the departure of the RMS 'Oronsay' from Melbourne as part of its maiden voyage. An intertitle, not included in this footage, reads: 'Huge 20,000 ton boat sails for Europe. Ocean going ship "Oronsay" leaves Melbourne ...


Onboard the 'Oronsay' in 1924

This is an excerpt from an item in a silent British newsreel, 'Topical Budget', made in 1924. It shows a scene on what appears to be the main deck of the ocean liner RMS 'Oronsay' as it leaves Melbourne. The camera pans right to survey the large number of people standing and waiting on the deck, apparently posing for the ...


'Hobson's Bay Railway Pier, Melbourne', 1878

This is a 37.2 cm x 52.5 cm sepia-toned photograph of Station Pier at Sandridge (now Port Melbourne), Victoria. About 60 people stand in the foreground looking up at what must be the photographer, Charles Nettleton, exposing his photographic plate. Various ships, some of which are steam powered, can be seen lining both ...


Darling Harbour, Sydney, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney, and titled 'Darling Harbour'. The image depicts a view of Sydney Harbour and takes in commercial, industrial and residential activities around Darling Harbour. In the foreground, there ...


Dutch migrant ship, the SS 'Sibajak', c1953

This is a black-and-white photograph of the SS 'Sibajak', which transported migrants from the Netherlands to Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada between 1950 and 1959. Below the photograph are the ship’s name and that of its company, 'Koninkuke Rotterdamsche Lloyd' (Royal Rotterdam Lloyd).


Launch of the Melbourne Steamship Company's 'Duntroon', 1935

This is a silent clip taken from a black-and-white publicity film that showed the launch of the MV 'Duntroon'. This clip focuses on the hull and enormous twin propellers of the steamer as it slips dramatically into the water on 4 April 1935.


Darling River chart, c1878 - section 1 of 3

This is part of a water-stained, black-and-white, hand-drawn chart of the Darling River in New South Wales. The River flows past the town of Wilcannia, and this section of the chart includes a depiction of the town. Drawn in ink on cloth, it identifies navigational hazards in the River using symbols and, in some cases, ...


Darling River chart, c1878 - section 2 of 3

This is part of a black-and-white, hand-drawn cloth chart of the Darling River in New South Wales. Drawn in ink, this section of the chart indicates Ten Mile Point and depicts a dairy. It shows navigational hazards in the River using symbols and, in some cases, names or descriptions, for example, 'V Dangerous', 'Ten Mile ...


The Ship That Shouldn't Have, 1984: Sailing the high seas

This clip shows crew members aboard the Cheynes 2, a steam-powered ex-whaling vessel, on a scientific expedition. The ship is sailing from remote Heard Island to Albany in Western Australia. The captain, Laurie McEwan, is interviewed and describes the achievement of rigging the ship with makeshift sails after the fuel ran ...


Steamship SS Peregrine, c1910

This is a black-and-white advertisement for a steamship, the SS Peregrine, from about 1910. It features a photograph of the ship, steam flowing from its single funnel, as it sails in an unidentified location. A sailing boat also in the photograph looks tiny in comparison. The advertisement offers 'regular sailings' and ...