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'Where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed', 1882

This is a watercolour by Alfred Sharpe that shows the house where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, as seen from Motumaire Island in the Bay of Islands (far north of the North Island of New Zealand) in 1882. Steep exposed rocks, with a number of trees growing on them, dominate the foreground. The Treaty House is ...

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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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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.

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Statue of the explorer Kupe and his companions, 1939

This is a very large monumental sculpture of three human figures. The Polynesian explorer Kupe holds a spear at the prow of his waka (canoe), Mätähoua; his wife, Hineiteäparangi (or Kuramarotini), points to the horizon; and the tohunga (skilled and respected person) Pekahourangi holds a tewhatewha (wooden battleaxe) and ...

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'Feast at the Bay of Islands', 1849

This is a watercolour painting created by Captain Richard Aldworth Oliver (1811-89) in 1849. It depicts a large häkari (feast) held in the northern part of the North Island to celebrate reconciliation after fighting. In the middle of the painting there is a large wooden structure called a potehe (stage). The painting measures ...

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Arawa soldier, 1865

This is a watercolour painting created by British soldier Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930) in 1865. He called it 'Arawa soldier warning off'. It shows a Mäori warrior with a moko (skin marking) on his face and a moko puhoro (marking on leg or thigh) on his left thigh. He wears a form of traditional clothing made of either ...

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'Young Mäori in European clothes', 1865

This is a watercolour painting created by British soldier Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930) in 1865. It shows a Mäori man dressed in European clothing, standing in front of a whare (house). A young child stands in a corner under eaves and a cat lies nearer the door. The painting measures 18.2 cm x 27.8 cm.

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'Sale of a mokomokai', 1864

This is a watercolour painting created by British soldier Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930) in 1864. It shows a Mäori chief in European dress with a moko (skin marking) on his face, holding what appears to be a mere (short flat club). To his left, on the ground, is a mokomokai (severed, dried, marked human head). The chief ...

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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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What's it made of? – Early Stage 1

This inquiry-based unit of work was created, trialled and peer reviewed as part of a professional learning program in inquiry-based learning for school teachers. The professional learning courses were part of a pilot partnership between the NSW Government’s Sydney Metro transport agency and Western Sydney University. In ...

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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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Sydney Metro and me – Early Stage 1

This inquiry-based unit of work was created, trialled and peer reviewed as part of a professional learning program in inquiry-based learning for school teachers. The professional learning courses were part of a pilot partnership between the NSW Government’s Sydney Metro transport agency and Western Sydney University. Facilitated ...

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Classroom posters (freight train, passenger train and tram)

This activity focuses on developing rail safety messages with students. They design their own rail safety tips using positive action words. Students can build on their existing knowledge of standard phrases commonly used, e.g. ‘stay behind the yellow line’, and ‘STOP LOOK LISTEN THINK’. The includes three different posters ...

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How does the Sydney Metro meet the needs of society? – Stage 3

This inquiry-based unit of work was created, trialled and peer reviewed as part of a professional learning program in inquiry-based learning for school teachers. The professional learning courses were part of a pilot partnership between the NSW Government’s Sydney Metro transport agency and Western Sydney University.

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Foundation, Year 1, Year 2 Health & Physical Education

This unit of work introduces students to the importance of safe behaviours in and around tracks and stations based on a real or virtual visit to a station, local level crossing and tracks. The central focus is familiarisation with main elements of the train network and responsible actions around crossings, platforms and ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 3, Year 4 Health & Physical Education

This unit of work focuses students on becoming aware of unsafe situations and using self-talk to keep themselves safe. Students identify strategies to avoid unsafe situations and communicate their understandings by creating comic strips, role plays and games. Finally students are challenged to identify an idea that could ...

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Heat changes everything

In this learning sequence, students explore a simple particle model for matter, heat energy and thermal expansion. They apply their learning to the context of expansion and contraction of rail lines and investigate ways that this is mitigated in real situations involving rail lines. They subsequently explain this to young ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5, Year 6 Health & Physical Education

In this unit, students work collaboratively to develop definitions of the word 'safe' and apply their understanding by identifying strategies and design solutions to enhance safety and bring attention to the negative influences that impact young people's safety around train tracks, stations and platforms. They use popular ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Foundation, Year 1, Year 2 The Arts

This unit uses the idea of track safe behaviours as the stimulus for Arts activities including the lines on a platform to explore artworks that use line as medium; dramatising safe behaviours through role play; and exploring sounds and music associated with trains in order to compose and perform music that simulates a train ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5 and Year 6 English

This unit of work focuses on the influences that impact on safe behaviours in and around tracks, platforms and trains. Guided activities build students' rail safety vocabulary including grammar and word building. Modelled writing activities support students to shape a research-based inquiry investigating factors that impact ...