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Sheep ready for shearing, Swan Hill, 1959

This is a black-and-white image depicting four men herding a group of sheep into a shearing pen on a Swan Hill farm. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 103 mm x height: 100 mm.

StillImage

Man shearing sheep, Swan Hill, 1959

This is a black-and-white image depicting a male shearer using electric shears to shear a sheep. It was taken in a shearing shed on a farm in Swan Hill, Victoria, and is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. The photograph's dimensions are: width, 103 mm x height, 100 mm.

Moving Image

Lip balm from sheep wool

Learn about the science behind lip balm. Find out about the special properties of lanolin, a natural product obtained from the fleece of sheep, and how it is used in the cosmetics industry.

Teacher resource

Using 'Metal munchers: assessment' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea includes video footage showing how a teacher uses the interactive assessment object L7557 'Metal munchers: assessment' to test year 5-6 students' understanding of the properties of metals. It describes and provides access to the interactive digital resource used in the classroom, along with other relevant ...

Video

The port of Geraldton

This is an excerpt from a 6-minute silent documentary entitled 'The new nor' west', showing the port of Geraldton, Western Australia. It was filmed in 1929. The excerpt opens with an intertitle, which reads 'The Port is young but the district's rich yield of wool and wheat attracts the maritime envoys of overseas trade'. ...

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Wool transported by train from Hesso in 1918

This is a black-and-white photograph of neatly stacked bales of wool being transported on a flat-bed railway truck from Hesso, a locality on the Stuart Highway 51 kilometres north of Port Augusta, South Australia, in October 1918.

Video

Red Cross women spinning during the First World War

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of women in Red Cross aprons spinning wool on treadle spinning wheels during the First World War. The camera pans slowly across the group then moves to a close-up of one woman at her spinning wheel.

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Wool sorting at Gilgandra, 1936

This is a black-and-white photograph, measuring 21.3 cm x 16.2 cm, of four men skirting fleeces and classing wool at Berida Station near Gilgandra in New South Wales. They are using two long tables in a large shearing shed. The station manager's daughter, a shearing contractor and two shed hands are looking on. In the background ...

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Pressing wool, 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 three men preparing wool for pressing with a hydraulic wool press inside a woolshed in New South Wales, probably in 1895. One of the men is standing on top of a pile of wool ...

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Washing wool, 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 three men, at least two of them Chinese, scouring (washing) wool fleeces in a large vat of water, probably in New South Wales in 1895. They are being watched by two boys. The ...

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Fleece on a skirting table

This is a colour photograph showing a fleece on the skirting, or classing, table in a shearing shed about to be trimmed, examined for burrs, rolled up or evaluated for quality.

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Wool technology innovation: the Chlorine-Hercosett process

This is a colour photograph of a highly magnified wool fibre that has been coated with resin to smooth the scales that would otherwise catch on each other and cause shrinkage during washing. The 'Chlorine-Hercosett' process, which achieves this smoothing of the scales, was first developed by the Commonwealth Scientific ...

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Paddle-steamer with wool barges, c1918

This is a sepia-toned photograph of the paddle-steamer 'Pioneer' with the barges 'Trader' and 'Paika' in the process of ferrying wool down the Murray River. A group of people is standing on the steamer's upper deck and there is a man on top of the wool bales on each barge. The vessels appear to be tied at the river's edge.

Video

Shearing and baling wool, 1958 - asset 1

This is a clip from silent footage prepared as part of the production process of a segment to be included in the 10 January 1958 weekly episode of Movietone News, a black-and-white newsreel. The clip begins with the title screen 'GRENFELL, N.S.W. / NEW WOOL PRESS / IS AWARD WINNER / MOVIETONE NEWS' and features a sequence ...

Video

Shearing and baling wool, 1958 - asset 2

This is a clip from silent footage prepared as part of the production process of a segment to be included in the 10 January 1958 weekly episode of Movietone News, a black-and-white newsreel. The clip features a sequence of scenes showing fleeces being skirted and packed in a wool press, operated manually by two men. The ...

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Shearing and baling wool, 1958 - asset 3

This is a clip from silent footage prepared as part of the production process of a segment to be included in the 10 January 1958 weekly episode of Movietone News, a black-and-white newsreel. The clip features a new mechanised wool press, invented by Jim Simpson, a grazier at Grenfell in New South Wales. An earlier part ...

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‘Wool tables, Horsley Downs - J D Lang’, 1880s

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in the 1880s showing wool tables in the interior of a woolshed at Horsley Downs, a sheep station in Waipara County, North Canterbury (central east coast, South Island of New Zealand). The photograph shows seven men in the foreground sorting and grading sheep’s wool on slatted sorting ...

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Bale hook, 1920s-30s

This is a bale hook, used to grab and handle bales of wool and other bagged cargo in the loading and unloading of ships at Port Adelaide in South Australia. The bale hook has a faded red-painted wooden handle and measures 36 cm x 18 cm x 3 cm.

Video

Sheep to Shop - Hosiery and Knitted Goods, 1924: From fleece to yarn

This black-and-white silent clip from a promotional film combines detailed intertitles and film footage to depict the process of converting the fleece of sheep to yarn. The film opens with wool sorters filmed from above and then a shot of a huge pile of greasy wool. From here the film shows machines processing the wool ...

Teacher resource

Metal munchers: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Metal munchers: assessment' (L7557). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the interpretation of student input related to performing tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals. ...