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Scenes on the Clarence River

This is a silent home movie, made about 1943, which appears to have been taken at a Grafton regatta. Footage includes: spectators, some sitting in tiered seating to facilitate viewing and others sitting on a wall with their legs dangling over the edge; small sailing boats; several different types of rowing craft and rowers; ...

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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 ...

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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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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

Interactive resource

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, ...

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'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 ...

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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 ...

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Shelly Beach near Manly, 1979

This is a colour photograph of Shelly Beach near Manly in Sydney, taken in 1979. It shows dinghies in the foreground, with people sunbaking, walking on the beach, wading, swimming, paddling, on surfboards or relaxing under beach umbrellas in the background. Manly Beach and some buildings at Manly and Queenscliff can be ...

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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 ...

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Mount Martha Beach, Victoria, 1971

This is a 1971 colour photograph of a group of teenagers sunbaking at Mount Martha Beach, on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. The scene depicts recreational activities at the beach including catamaran sailing, as well as some of the iconic bathing boxes and boatsheds of that area.

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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.

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Arrival of the ship 'Chillicothe' in 1927

This is an excerpt from an item in the Australian silent newsreel, 'Australasian Gazette'. An intertitle reads: 'Sydney, N.S.W. A Monotonous Voyage. For three months the ship Chillicothe failed to sight either land or ship on her voyage from America to Australia'. Footage includes the 'Chillicothe' coming into Sydney Harbour. ...

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'Armistice celebrations, Martin Place', Sydney, 1918

This is a black-and-white photograph, 8.7 cm x 14.2 cm, of the celebrations in Martin Place, Sydney, following the Armistice, which was signed on 11 November 1918 in France to end hostilities in the First World War. Looking east up from the junction with Pitt Street, the Place is packed with men, women and schoolchildren ...

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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 ...

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Sydney Harbour from the Royal Yacht Squadron grounds, 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. It shows Sydney Harbour seen over the lawns of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli. There are groups of men and women sitting on folding wooden chairs or standing on the ...

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'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 ...

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Incat Tasmania catamaran vehicle deck, c2000

This is a section of an empty vehicle deck on a ferry that was constructed by Incat Tasmania in Hobart. The deck is reinforced by fixed yellow supports placed at an angle. The supports in the foreground have orange warning lights fixed to them. Two mezzanine platforms designed to hold cars (one only partially visible) are ...

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Incat catamaran vehicle deck, c2000 - asset 2

This is a section of an empty vehicle deck on a ferry that was constructed by Incat Pty Ltd in Hobart, Tasmania. The deck is reinforced by fixed yellow supports placed at an angle. Orange warning lights can be seen on two of the supports. Two mezzanine platforms designed to hold cars (one only partially visible) are shown ...