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Opal Fever, 2004: Opal expertise

This clip shows the processes of cutting and polishing raw opals. It opens with Mark Jackson presenting a rough opal to his father, Stuart, an opal cutter and licensed valuer. Stuart examines and values the opal at $500 in its raw state. He explains that cutting and polishing it will either diminish or increase its value, ...

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Stonemason's tools, c1880

This is a collection of seven metal stonemasonry tools, some with wooden handles. They comprise two chisels, a bolster, a scutch comb, a Lewis pin, a mallet and a hammer.

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Workmen in the engineering workshop at Daniel Harvey Ltd, c1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of two workmen using the tools of their trade in the engineering workshop at Daniel Harvey Ltd, agricultural machine manufacturers. The men are standing at a wooden workbench, and the older of the two is wearing a hat. The photograph's dimensions are: length 21.5 cm x width 16.3 cm.

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Workman at the drill press at Daniel Harvey Ltd, c1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of a drill press operator machining metal components in the engineering workshop of Daniel Harvey Ltd, agricultural implement manufacturers. The photograph's dimensions are: length 21.5 cm x width 16.3 cm.

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Manufacturing employees working on industrial lathes, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting male manufacturing workers at a motor vehicle plant. They are producing engine parts on industrial lathes in a large workshop. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 10.3 cm x height, 10 cm.

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Scooping coffee beans into an industrial grinder, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting a male employee scooping coffee beans from a sack into a large industrial grinder at a factory. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 10.3 cm x height, 10 cm.

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Bronze key, c1880

This incomplete bronze key for a valve was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It would have been in use in about 1880.

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Wooden Frozen Charlotte doll, c1880

This hand-carved wooden doll was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003. It measures 40 mm x 7 mm, and was in use in about 1880.

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Ivan Kucan and friend building friend's home, 1951

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Ivan Kucan, right, and an unknown friend working to build the friend's house in Newport, Victoria.

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Press knife for cutting out gloves, pre-1939

This is part of a set of press knives used to cut out leather gloves at Simpson's Gloves, prior to 1939. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria. The press knife is 29 cm long x 22 cm wide x 5.5 cm high.

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Glove cutters, c1955

These are heavy metal glove cutters used at Simpson's Gloves in the 1950s-60s. These cutters consist of a back or front piece (with the index finger fully enclosed) and a separate cutter for the thumb. Another cutter was required to cut the remaining section of leather (to cover the three other fingers). They are part of ...

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Martin and Sach token penny, 1858

This is a round, copper token featuring the name, business and location of the issuing firm: Martin and Sach / Ironmongers / Adelaide. The reverse shows a blindfolded Justice standing by the sea holding an overflowing cornucopia in one hand and scales in the other. A sailing ship is in the background. Above this scene is ...

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Bakelite Airzone mantle radio, 1938

This is an Airzone model 5057 'Symphony Leader' radio receiver. The radio cabinet is in a brown bakelite 'tombstone' form with a large circular frequency dial and four brown knobs below the dial. The speaker grille has three segments, which are outlined with rigid, white plastic fittings. Brown-and-white speckled fabric ...

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A woodwork class at Molong, 1949

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1949 that shows a woodwork class at a school in Molong in New South Wales. A group of boys aged about 12 or 13 is shown at work on various woodwork projects in a woodwork classroom. In the foreground a teacher dressed in a white coat assists a boy with the crafting of a stool. ...

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A metalwork class at Molong, 1949

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1949 that shows a metalwork class at a school in Molong in New South Wales. The photograph shows a group of boys aged between about 12 and 13 years, and their teacher. The group is at work on a two-wheeled metal cart. In the cart on the left-hand side is a boy using a drill. ...

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Female apprentice in the metal trades, 1967

This is a 1967 black-and-white photograph of Miss Dawn Wild, an apprentice fitter and machinist in Sydney, using a micrometer to measure a 'bush' cut by a lathe. She is wearing a hard hat and overalls and is pictured inside the factory beside the large lathe.

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Boys in a metalwork class, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1945 of schoolboys using lathes in a metalwork class at Thebarton Technical High School in Adelaide, South Australia. The photograph was developed from a glass negative that could have been one of three sizes, 8.9 cm x 14.0 cm, 16.5 cm x 21.6 cm or 25.4 cm x 30.5 cm.

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Silver kettle and stand by Christopher Dresser, 1878

This is an electroplated silver kettle and stand, designed by Christopher Dresser and made by Hukin and Heath in Birmingham, England, in 1878. The body of the kettle is a compressed globular form, and features an incised bamboo motif decoration that flows diagonally around its girth. An elbow-shaped spout is attached to ...

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Blacksmiths at work, Torajaland, 1997

This is a colour photograph of three blacksmiths at work in Torajaland in southern Sulawesi, Indonesia. The image features a typical blacksmith's workshop. The men are producing implements using a simple forge. They are working on steel gathered from old car springs.

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'A shining example', 1920 - asset 7

This is an excerpt from a 1920 black-and-white silent documentary made in Melbourne by Herschells Films titled 'A shining example.' It begins with an intertitle that reads 'The burnished process not only brightens the teapot, but it produces a hardness which ensures greater wearing qualities.' Three women work at a table ...