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The Mighty Aztecs

Who were the Mexihcah? Discover the rich and brutal history of the Aztec culture and the birth of Modern Mexico.

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Working life - from colonial times to today

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to work in a mansion, for a wealthy family in the 1870s? How about in the 1930s? What kinds of jobs needed to be done back then? And what do those jobs look like today? Discover how working life has changed over the years by comparing dramatised historical accounts with ...

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Where's the best place to live?

This collection of media resources focuses on the liveability of places, particularly cities. But what makes one place ‘more liveable' than the next? Find out about the factors that influence the liveability of different places and what can be done to improve the liveability of our urban environments.

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Mapping the Australian Coast

This collection focuses on the European mapping and naming of the Australian continent during the 17th and 18th centuries. It highlights the motivations and achievements of Dutch and British explorers, including Abel Tasman and James Cook. It incorporates maps, texts, and a painting.

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Water scarcity

Water is one of the world's most important resources and over seven billion people across the planet rely on it. This collection looks at why global scarcity of water is a serious concern and what we can do in our homes and gardens to conserve it.

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Antarctica

The first recorded expedition to Antarctica was in 1821. It was a place where no human lived. Thanks to the work of explorers and scientists we know a lot about the frozen continent.

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1860s Colonial life

No TV. No electricity. No running water. No car. Imagine living on sheep stations in New South Wales in the 1860s.

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Transavia Airtruk light aeroplane, 1965

This is a Transavia PL-12 Airtruk single-engine agricultural biplane aircraft designed and built by the Transavia Corporation in Australia in 1965. The Airtruk is of all-metal construction with the cockpit mounted above a tractor engine and short pod fuselage with rear doors. It has twin tail booms with two unconnected ...

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Carved emu egg, c1900

This is an emu egg carved in cameo technique and mounted on a silver tripod stand, made by Jonaski Takuma, Sydney, New South Wales. The carved bush scene depicts two bushmen seated beside a campfire, watching a billy boil. The carved egg measures 12.0 cm high x 16.2 cm wide x 11.4 cm deep.

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Doulton porcelain plate, c1892

This is a dessert plate featuring a scalloped rim and hand-painted Australian wildflowers. It is made of porcelain (bone china) and was manufactured by Doulton and Co at Burslem in Staffordshire, England, around 1892. It was painted by Louis Bilton.

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Liberty opera cape, 1920-25

This is a full-length opera cape, made by Liberty and Company of England at some stage between 1920 and 1925. It is made of painted multicoloured silk with metallic weft threads creating an extravagant design of flowers and leaves. Intricately shaped across the shoulders, the cape gathers at the neck with a centre front ...

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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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Minidress with bloomers, 1965-70

This is a red-and-white checked cotton and lace outfit comprising a minidress and bloomers. The sleeveless dress features a fitted bodice with a high round neckline and high waistline. The neck and waistline are trimmed with white lace braid and red ribbon, and the dress has a centre-back opening with button fastening. ...

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White Australia Policy badge, c1920

This is a circular copper-nickel and aluminium fob badge made around 1920. The words 'WHITE / AUSTRALIA' run across a central cut-out map of Australia, which is made of silvered (white) wash on aluminium. The circular brass border bears the words 'AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIANS'. There is suspension loop at top. The badge ...

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Grazing sheep, 1880-1920

This is a full plate glass negative of sheep grazing in a paddock beside a road. There is evidence of severe erosion of a creek bank in the foreground, and hills are visible in the distance. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative, but are scratched out. 'Kerry Photo Sydney' ...

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Jumeau bisque fashion doll with accessories, 1870-80

This female bisque fashion doll with accessories was possibly made by Jumeau of France at some stage between 1870 and 1880. It features a bisque head and shoulder plate, kid body and jointed limbs with articulated fingers. The head features blue glass eyes, finely painted facial features and pierced ears. Blonde hair is ...

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Eastman Kodak 'Bullet' camera, 1936-42

This is a 'Bullet' camera, manufactured from Bakelite, glass and metal by Eastman Kodak, USA. It features a black Bakelite body and circular lens that can be extended by turning the round Bakelite barrel that frames the lens. The metal viewfinder can be folded down against the top of the camera when it is not in use. There ...

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Nally Ware salt shakers, 1934

These are two mottled orange Nally Ware salt shakers with black caps, manufactured from moulded phenol formaldehyde by Nally Ltd, Sydney. The salt shakers have a tapered octagonal form with a flat screw-top cap with multiple pouring holes on one, and a single central pouring nozzle on the other.

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Henry Lane Ace rabbit trap, 1935-60

This is a rusted Ace rabbit trap manufactured from steel by Henry Lane, Newcastle, sometime between 1935 and 1960. It consists of a pair of jaws (92 mm wide) held closed by spring tension and a triggering mechanism. The base, the stock bar, is a bar of steel bent over to form a powerful bow spring. At the end of the spring ...

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'Darling Harbour', 1884-1917

This full plate glass negative entitled 'Darling Harbour' was taken by Sydney photographic studio Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format depicts boats moored in Darling Harbour and rail infrastructure. The caption, studio number and studio mark are ...