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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Transport  >  Vehicles  >  Water transport

Model of the Princess of Tasmania passenger ferry, 2004

This is a model of the Bass Strait passenger ferry 'Princess of Tasmania', in a perspex case. It was made from wood and perspex by Iain Scott-Stevenson for the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, in 2004. The model is finely finished, complete with decks, lifeboats, radio masts and deck equipment. The hull is beige and the decks ...


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; ...


Boats at Sorrento

This is a black-and-white silent film clip showing two canoes, one with a small sail, and two larger boats crowded with people at Sorrento, a popular holiday resort within half a day's travel from Melbourne. It comes from the 1922 film, 'Sorrento', showing the area's attractions for tourists.


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 ...


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 ...

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Saibai Island canoe

Take a traditional Torres Strait Island ocean-going canoe on a fishing trip and discover the importance of the sea to the local people. Explore a map of the Torres Strait Islands showing the main island groups. Examine a traditional outrigger canoe from Saibai Island. Look at the origins and construction of the hull, sails, ...


'Bananas' cartoon by John Farmer, 2006

This cartoon by John Farmer is about a sudden rise in the cost of bananas and the effect of that increase on Australia's inflation rate. It shows B1 from the ABC television series 'Bananas in Pyjamas' holding a newspaper with the headline 'Bananas responsible for inflation rise'. B1 says to an innocent looking B2, 'What ...


Australian Navy: Destroyers, c1930: 'Attack with torpedoes'

This black-and-white silent clip shows a training exercise featuring the launching of torpedoes armed with dummy warheads from a Royal Australian naval destroyer, the missiles being retrieved and a spare torpedo being winched on board from a depot ship while at sea. Several torpedoes are shown being launched in real time ...


A motor launch works at Hobart in 1913

This is a short excerpt from a silent 1913 black-and-white newsreel, entitled 'Hobart Regatta 1913', comprising a slow pan by a hand-held camera of a section of Hobart's River Derwent, where various boats appear to be under construction or repair. The scene includes Abel's Motor Launch Works with a motor launch and a couta ...


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.


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 ...


'The blowing up of the Boyd', 1889

This is an oil painting on canvas by the artists John Louis Steele and Kennett Watkins, painted in 1889. It depicts the destruction of the sailing vessel 'Boyd' by Mäori in Whangaroa harbour (far north of the North Island of New Zealand) in 1809. There are four Mäori waka (canoes) present. A waka in the foreground shows ...


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, ...


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 ...


'Wharves at Murwillumbah', c1910

This black-and-white photograph shows ferries on the Tweed River moored at Murwillumbah in about 1910. On the left is a large steamer with twin masts, probably the SS Duroby, and on the right a smaller river ferry, possibly the Mebbin. Several small rowboats and tenders are moored alongside. There are stone buildings on ...


Wollongong, c1890

This is a full plate glass negative entitled 'Wollongong', by Kerry and Co, Sydney. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format, taken between 1884 and 1917, depicts Wollongong wharf in Wollongong, New South Wales. A rail system for coal skips is in thecentre foreground of the image, and there are fully ...


Shipping wool at Circular Quay in Sydney, c1900

This is a silver gelatin full plate glass negative with the title 'Shipping wool, Circular Quay', taken by the Australian photographic studio Kerry and Co, Sydney, at some time between 1884 and 1917. It shows bales of wool being lifted by a shipboard crane onto the deck of a ship. The caption, studio number and studio mark ...


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 ...


Australian surfboat used by North Curl Curl lifesavers, 1972

This is a single-ender surfboat, the Nola Hubbard, constructed in 1972 in New South Wales and used by the North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club. It is made of cedar, silver ash and plywood, and has a brass keel band. The unused oars shown here are stored on top of four wooden bench seats. The name has been painted in yellow ...


Ship model, HMS Supply, escort for First Fleet, 1937-38

This is a 1:24 scale model of HMS armed brig Supply, the armed escort that accompanied the First Fleet from Britain to New South Wales. It is made of wood, cotton and synthetic threads and is complete with masts, yards, tops and standing and running rigging. Deck details include catheads, cleats and bollards, deck rails ...