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Aurora australis time-lapse over Antarctica

Sometimes called Southern Lights, the aurora australis is a wondrous lightshow seldom seen in the night sky. These auroral displays are caused by charged particles from the Sun interacting with Earth's magnetic field. View this stunning lightshow captured from Davis, Antarctica in 2012.

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The Aurora on the edge of the Antarctic iceshelf, c1912

This black-and-white image, developed from a lantern slide, shows the Aurora, a ship owned by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, anchored at the edge of the Shackleton Ice Shelf off the Queen Mary Land coast in eastern Antarctica. A group of emperor penguins is in the foreground and what may be the Southern Lights can ...

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Australian animals

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources is organised into four categories - communities of Australian animals, animals in art and stories, vertebrates and invertebrates. Images, including photographs, scientific illustrations and Indigenous art, depict some well-known and some lesser known Australian animals. ...

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An Adelaide park in 1928

This is an excerpt from 'Adelaide', a 1928 silent documentary made by the Australian Development and Migration Commission. It shows a tranquil, shady park along the Torrens River in Adelaide. People, mainly women and children, are strolling and sitting in the park.

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Levelling land at Parliament House, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of men and teams of draught horses levelling land in front of the provisional Parliament House (now known as Old Parliament House) in preparation for the development of lawns and garden beds for the House of Representatives garden.

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Tilt-top table, 1878

This is a spectacular round-topped wooden table made in Adelaide in the later part of the 19th century. It is quite large, measuring 76.5 cm x 135.5 cm in diameter, and could seat a number of people, but is generally regarded as having been made as a display or feature item. The deep undulating skirting that runs beneath ...

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Two dining chairs and chest of drawers, designed c1948

This is a set of furniture made in wood and plastic by Douglas Snelling (1916-85), who designed them about 1948. The dining chairs were made of wood and woven plastic webbing in about 1961 and measure 78.0 cm x 42.5 cm x 52.0 cm in size. The chest of drawers was made in wood in 1952 and measures 82.5 cm x 90.5 cm x 38.0 ...

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Working bee, Canberra, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1926 showing a working bee held to build a playground at Corroboree Park in the Canberra suburb of Ainslie. A number of men can be seen working individually and collectively as children play or watch. The image also features a pile of what appears to be sand intended for a sandpit, ...

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Castlecrag Estate, 1928 - asset 6

This is an excerpt from a 1928 black-and-white silent film called 'Beautiful Middle Harbour' that promotes Castlecrag Estate, a residential development on Middle Harbour in Sydney's north shore suburbs. The opening intertitle reads: 'Beautiful Asphalt Drives skirt the Hills overlooking misty vistas of inland waters'. A ...

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Castlecrag Estate, 1928 - asset 7

This is an excerpt from a 1928 black-and-white silent film called 'Beautiful Middle Harbour' that promotes Castlecrag Estate, a residential development on Middle Harbour in Sydney's north shore suburbs. The opening intertitle reads: 'Cool forest tracks wander through Sylvan Glades - down to the beckoning Sunlit Harbour'. ...

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Castlecrag Estate, 1928 - asset 8

This is an excerpt from a 1928 black-and-white silent film called 'Beautiful Middle Harbour' that promotes Castlecrag Estate, a residential development in Sydney's north shore suburbs. The opening shots, taken from the water, show a rocky, tree-covered section of the Harbour's shoreline. This sequence cuts to a brief shot, ...

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Castlecrag Estate, 1928 - asset 11

This is an excerpt from a 1928 black-and-white silent film called 'Beautiful Middle Harbour' that promotes Castlecrag Estate, a residential development on Middle Harbour in Sydney's north shore suburbs. The opening intertitle reads: 'Mr. Griffen [sic] and Directors of Castlecrag Estate review the progress of the Model Suburb ...

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'Argyle' chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1898-99

This is the 'Argyle' chair, which was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1898-99. Measuring 136.5 cm high x 51.0 cm x 46.0 cm, the chair is made of dark stained oak with a rush seat. It has a very high back consisting of two back splats at its centre and two tapered stiles at either side. An oval-shaped top rail extends ...

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'Making do' commode by Jack Male, 1909

This is a commode chair with attached pedestal sideboard made by Jack Male for his wife in 1909. It is made of three wooden kerosene boxes bearing the trademarks 'White Rose Oil' and 'Tide Water Oil' (not visible in the photograph), nailed together to form a commode seat in the centre with shelves on each side. The central ...

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Directional design: classroom chair

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a classroom and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Directional design: cafeteria chair

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a cafeteria and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability, stylishness and hygiene features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and ...

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Directional design: computer lab chair

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a computer lab and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic needs. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Directional design: study lamp

Design a desk lamp that is well suited for studying and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as energy efficiency, stylishness and stability. Ask a family and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the lamp's appeal and usefulness by choosing ...

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Directional design: study desk

Design a desk that is well suited for uses in a home and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as storage and ergonomic features. Ask a family and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the desk's appeal and usefulness by choosing options for ...

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Directional design: computer lab chair [ESL]

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a computer lab and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...