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Katoomba Railway Station, c1892-1917

This black-and-white photograph shows Katoomba Railway Station in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. It has been taken from the eastern end of the station, looking west. Both of the buildings pictured are constructed of wood and feature a gabled roof. The larger building has four chimneys and gaslights hanging from ...

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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; ...

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Building a Railway Engine, c1925: Building the 'iron horse'

This 1926 silent black-and-white clip shows steps in the assembly of a steam engine at the Islington railway engine construction and repair plant in Adelaide. The cylindrical steam boiler is shown being lowered as workers below guide it onto its frame. The clip then shows men attaching and tightening bolts by hand. An intertitle ...

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Locomotive on its delivery run to Melbourne, 1954

This is a black-and-white photograph of a new B-class locomotive on its delivery run to Victorian Railways. The locomotive is suspended by a large gantry crane while workers use a traction engine to change the standard gauge bogie (one of a pair of pivoted trucks supporting a railway locomotive) to a broad gauge bogie, ...

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Steam locomotive No 1, 1854

This is the steam locomotive that hauled the first train in New South Wales in 1855. Designated Locomotive No 1, it was built by Robert Stephenson and Co in England in 1854. The numeral '1', cut from brass plate, is riveted to the front of the chimney. Behind the locomotive is a tender, used for carrying coal and water, ...

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Adelaide Railway Station, c1925

This is a black-and-white photograph of a scene at the Adelaide Railway Station. On one platform, two porters, one almost obscured, are pushing a large two-wheeled cart loaded high with what could be canvas mail bags and some ropes. They are moving towards a steam train, the locomotive of which can be seen. On the opposite ...

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Adelaide Railway Station, c1912

This is a black-and-white photograph of a scene at the Adelaide Railway Station in about 1912. A steam train is approaching a platform on which several people are standing, apparently waiting for the train. They are in silhouette, as is a tall gas lamp behind them. On the other side of two lines of 'broad gauge' track is ...

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Governor-general's railway carriage, 1901

This is the governor-general's railway carriage, which was manufactured in Australia in 1901. The carriage is constructed of wood and finished in crimson lake and lined with gold leaf. The body shell is of Indian teak and the floor framing and under-frame are of pitch pine. It has platforms at each end, one of which is ...

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Robilt toy steam locomotive representing Australian rolling stock, 1949

This is a 'Robilt Series 52', 0-gauge toy steam locomotive manufactured from metal by Robilt Products, Sandringham, Victoria, in 1949. The toy includes features such as four moulded metal driving wheels with coupling and connecting rods, a safety valve, boiler, steam dome and chimney. There is a brake lever on the right ...

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Reconstructed first class New South Wales railway carriage, mid-1850s

This is a reconstructed first class New South Wales railway carriage of the mid-1850s. It consists of a varnished timber body rebuilt in silver ash, with a white timber roof and a black underframe with black iron wheels, springs and couplings (carriage connectors). The outside of each of the six doors, three on each side, ...

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Lhuede family eating ice-creams at 'Puffing Billy' steam train station, c1977

This is a photograph of the Lhuede family eating ice-creams at the 'Puffing Billy' train station in Belgrave, taken in about 1977. A Holden car, a macrame handbag and the clothing of the time are all visible. The image was collected as part of the museum's 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' project in 2006. It is a digital ...

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Locomotive No. 1, Sydney, 1855

This stereo photograph by William Hetzer shows the first train ever used in the state of New South Wales, Australia. A man wearing a coat, tie and top hat is standing on the railway tracks and a railway shed can be seen in the background.

Interactive resource

Discovering democracy: near and far

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the various transport options available to Australians at the time of Federation. Investigate the library to find out more about the difficulties faced by travellers throughout Australia at the turn of the century. Explore the reasons why transport became an issue ...

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Discovering democracy: the wealth of a nation

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to examine the stages in Australia’s economic growth in the last half of the 19th century. Explore the kinds of industries from which Australia gained its wealth and the role of these industries in developing an independent nation. Review the effects that natural disasters (such ...

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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 ...

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UV Index: simulator

Use a simulator to test the level of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Test the effects of cloud, shade and ground surface: grass, sand, water and snow. Notice that the amount of UV light that reaches a person varies according to the reflectivity of their surroundings. Use simulation results to answer a series of questions. For example, ...

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UV Index: the highs and lows

Use a simulator to test the average level of ultraviolet (UV) rays at different times of the day. Test the effects of seasonal variation. Graph the amount of UV light that reaches the Earth. Use simulation results to answer a series of questions. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Points of origin: budget mountain bike

Buy parts to assemble a mountain bike. Check wholesale prices in a range of countries. Identify the cheapest parts. Trace the national origins of raw materials. For example, a bike frame manufactured in China is made from steel (USA) and paint (Turkey). Work out the total cost of the parts. Notice that retail prices include ...

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Points of origin: budget outfit

Buy items of clothing to assemble an outfit. Check wholesale prices in a range of countries. Identify the cheapest items of clothing. Trace the national origins of raw materials. For example, a T-shirt manufactured in Indonesia is made from polyester and cotton (India) and rubber (China). Work out the total cost of the ...

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Points of origin: budget hamper

Buy food to assemble a hamper. Check wholesale prices in a range of countries. Identify the cheapest food items. Trace the origins of a range of foods. For example, tomatoes canned in Spain originally came from Peru. Work out the total cost of the food items. Notice that retail prices include a profit margin. This learning ...