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Australian 'goldfields' brooch commissioned by Edward Austin, c1855

This is a rectangular rusticated wire framework brooch that features miniature copies of mining equipment. In the centre, a miner works a windlass and bucket above a sluice box. On either side is a crossed pick and shovel. The whole brooch is surrounded by a framework of leaves. It was made in about 1855.


The Australian Jockey Club's Sydney Gold Cup, 1950

This is a presentation cup, 'The Sydney Cup of 1950', manufactured from gold, wood, satin and velvet. The trophy consists of a covered gold cup attached to a dark-brown wooden base. The body of the cup is shaped like a tapering vase with fluting toward the bottom. The shining circular cover is slightly domed and finished ...


Silver 'Ricketty Dick' figurine, Sydney, Australia, c1855

This small figurine of a young bearded man was inspired by Warrah Warrah, an Aboriginal man also known as Ricketty Dick. It was cast and hand modelled in silver by Julius Hogarth, who also used stone and gold. The figure, completed in Sydney around 1855, is depicted as a hunter holding a gold boomerang. The figure is naked ...


Emu egg teapot, c1870

This is an emu egg teapot made by Evan Jones (1846-1917) in Sydney, New South Wales. The body of the teapot is made from a speckled brown emu egg. One end is sectioned and hinged as a lid with a scalloped and pierced silver band around the edge. On the top of the lid is a small silver emu. The spout is in the form of a ...


Silver snuff box, 1835

This is a large silver snuff box attributed to Joseph Forrester (1805-?) of Hobart, Tasmania. The hinged cover is embossed with a scene of Sydney Harbour, showing stacked bales of wool, two barrels and a three-masted ship at a wharf on the left and a paddle steamer on the water in the centre. In the foreground are grasses, ...


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.


Silver emu inkstand, c1875

This is a large presentation inkstand made by Evan Jones (1846-1917) of Sydney in about 1875. It is a finely detailed silver emu mounted on a hexagonal polished wooden base. The emu forms a hinged lid that opens to reveal a silver-gilt emu egg liner decorated with floral motifs. This opens further to reveal two small Bristol ...


Caroline Newcomb's trophy teapot, 1857

This is an ornate silver teapot with a round body that features an eagle head with an open beak as its spout. The body is covered in rose designs, and features a cartouche on both sides (inscribed on one side). The handle has inward curls at the top and bottom joins, an ornate thumb-rest on top and ivory inserts at the ...


'Rustic rose' - symbolic icon of Women on Farms Gathering at Benalla, 2005

This 'rustic rose' sculpture was created as a symbolic icon and display item for the Women on Farms Gathering at Benalla in 2005. It was made by Bonnie Leatham, the daughter of one of the Gathering organisers, from barbed wire and an old tobacco tin found on her property. The sculpture measures 59.5 cm (length) x 4.7 cm ...

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Fish market

Buy and sell fish in trading markets in a range of Australian and New Zealand cities. Compare market prices, supply and demand. Get to know other traders to find the best deals and discover new markets. Find a rare fish. Maximise your profit and reputation as a smart trader. This learning object is the last in a series ...

Interactive resource

Fish shop: quality or quantity

Serve two customers in a pet fish shop. Notice that one customer prefers a small number of high quality items, and the other customer wants to breed a large number of fish. Look closely at items to check their costs and suitability for each order. Select items to suit the customer's budget and needs, while also making a ...

Teacher resource

Using 'Billycarts' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea outlines the way a teacher used digital curriculum resources about billycarts to engage her students in the study of the history and science of billycart making.


Horse transport in Australia

This collection of 21 digital curriculum resources focuses on how horses were used to transport people in 19th- and 20th-century Australia. It is organised into six categories - riding horses; horsedrawn carriages; coaches; carts and wagons; horsedrawn trams; and horsedrawn transport in action. The collection contains paintings, ...


Horse power in rural Australia

This collection of 23 digital curriculum resources focuses on the work of stock and draught horses in rural Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is organised into five categories - stock horses; ploughing; harvesting; carting; and propelling. The painting, historical photographs, and archival and feature film footage ...


Camel and donkey transport in outback Australia

This collection of 16 digital curriculum resources focuses on the role of camels and donkeys in transporting goods and people throughout outback Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, until about 1940. The collection is organised into three categories - camel transport; donkey transport; and camel and donkey ...


Horse power in urban Australia

This collection of 12 digital curriculum resources focuses on how horses were used in Australian cities and towns in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is organised into three categories - horses working in city streets; hauling and carting; and levelling and landscaping. The sketch, historical photographs and archival film ...


Transportation by bullock team

This collection of digital curriculum resources focuses on the use of bullocks for transporting heavy loads in 19th- and 20th-century Australia. It is organised into six categories: in action on film; hauling timber; 'bringing down' the wool; on the farm and on the road; idealised in art; and an early mechanised alternative. ...


Marine phytoplankton diatom

This is a coloured scanning electron microscope photograph of 'Coscinodiscus' species, a marine phytoplankton diatom, magnified 600 times. The image shows the diatom's natural colours.


Dugong and whale distributions off Australia's coast: dataset

This is a map that provides a visual representation of the distribution of dugongs and several species of whales in the waters off the coast of Australia. The map shows the migration paths, breeding and resting areas of whales, as well as the density of dugong populations. A blue scale indicates the bathymetry (depth) of ...


Loading asparagus at Saltwater Creek

This is an 82 mm x 58 mm black-and-white photograph taken with a Kodak Brownie camera belonging to 18-year-old Betty Campbell (now Horne, on right). It shows two women in the Australian Women's Land Army standing near a loaded asparagus bin on a trolley with the horse which pulled the trolley untethered nearby. Another ...