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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Transport  >  Vehicles  >  Water transport

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 ...


Steam transportation in Australia

Steam generated the principal form of mechanical power for Australia's transport systems from the second half of the 19th century until the widespread adoption of the internal combustion engine in the 20th century. This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised into six categories - steam trains; river steamers; ...


Boats at Sorrento

This is a black-and-white silent film clip showing two canoes, one with a small sail, and two larger boats crowded with people at Sorrento, a popular holiday resort within half a day's travel from Melbourne. It comes from the 1922 film, 'Sorrento', showing the area's attractions for tourists.


Boats at the 1913 Hobart regatta

This is a short excerpt from a 1913 silent black-and-white newsreel, entitled 'Hobart Regatta 1913'. It begins with a brief shot of a man smoking a pipe as he doffs his cap to the camera, followed by a scene of a motor launch with many children and several adults on board. Different boats are then shown, including a large ...


Darling River chart, c1878 - section 2 of 3

This is part of a black-and-white, hand-drawn cloth chart of the Darling River in New South Wales. Drawn in ink, this section of the chart indicates Ten Mile Point and depicts a dairy. It shows navigational hazards in the River using symbols and, in some cases, names or descriptions, for example, 'V Dangerous', 'Ten Mile ...

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Saibai Island canoe

Take a traditional Torres Strait Island ocean-going canoe on a fishing trip and discover the importance of the sea to the local people. Explore a map of the Torres Strait Islands showing the main island groups. Examine a traditional outrigger canoe from Saibai Island. Look at the origins and construction of the hull, sails, ...


'Bananas' cartoon by John Farmer, 2006

This cartoon by John Farmer is about a sudden rise in the cost of bananas and the effect of that increase on Australia's inflation rate. It shows B1 from the ABC television series 'Bananas in Pyjamas' holding a newspaper with the headline 'Bananas responsible for inflation rise'. B1 says to an innocent looking B2, 'What ...


Australian Navy: Destroyers, c1930: 'Attack with torpedoes'

This black-and-white silent clip shows a training exercise featuring the launching of torpedoes armed with dummy warheads from a Royal Australian naval destroyer, the missiles being retrieved and a spare torpedo being winched on board from a depot ship while at sea. Several torpedoes are shown being launched in real time ...


A motor launch works at Hobart in 1913

This is a short excerpt from a silent 1913 black-and-white newsreel, entitled 'Hobart Regatta 1913', comprising a slow pan by a hand-held camera of a section of Hobart's River Derwent, where various boats appear to be under construction or repair. The scene includes Abel's Motor Launch Works with a motor launch and a couta ...


The 'Great White Fleet', 1908

This is a black-and-white photograph of the 'Great White Fleet' on its visit to the Pacific in 1908. It shows 9, possibly 10, of the 16 battleships of the US Atlantic Fleet anchored in Sydney Harbour. The photograph measures 37.7 cm x 119 cm.


Darling Harbour, Sydney, 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, and titled 'Darling Harbour'. The image depicts a view of Sydney Harbour and takes in commercial, industrial and residential activities around Darling Harbour. In the foreground, there ...


'The blowing up of the Boyd', 1889

This is an oil painting on canvas by the artists John Louis Steele and Kennett Watkins, painted in 1889. It depicts the destruction of the sailing vessel 'Boyd' by Mäori in Whangaroa harbour (far north of the North Island of New Zealand) in 1809. There are four Mäori waka (canoes) present. A waka in the foreground shows ...


Darling River chart, c1878 - section 1 of 3

This is part of a water-stained, black-and-white, hand-drawn chart of the Darling River in New South Wales. The River flows past the town of Wilcannia, and this section of the chart includes a depiction of the town. Drawn in ink on cloth, it identifies navigational hazards in the River using symbols and, in some cases, ...


Steamship SS Peregrine, c1910

This is a black-and-white advertisement for a steamship, the SS Peregrine, from about 1910. It features a photograph of the ship, steam flowing from its single funnel, as it sails in an unidentified location. A sailing boat also in the photograph looks tiny in comparison. The advertisement offers 'regular sailings' and ...


'Wharves at Murwillumbah', c1910

This black-and-white photograph shows ferries on the Tweed River moored at Murwillumbah in about 1910. On the left is a large steamer with twin masts, probably the SS Duroby, and on the right a smaller river ferry, possibly the Mebbin. Several small rowboats and tenders are moored alongside. There are stone buildings on ...


Todorce Spasevski preparing to emigrate from Macedonia to Australia, 1964

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Todorce Spasevski walking off a ship's gangplank to a pier in Macedonia. According to his family, Spasevski was getting ready to board the ship that would take him from Macedonia to Melbourne, Australia.


Black-and-white stereograph of American and Russian warships, 1901

This glass plate negative stereograph depicts an American and a Russian warship at Railway Pier, Port Melbourne, for the Federation celebrations in Melbourne, May 1901.


Royal yacht Ophir, Federation celebrations, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the royal yacht Ophir anchored in Port Phillp Bay with a longboat in the foreground. The Ophir conveyed the royal visitors, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, to the Federation celebrations in Melbourne in May 1901.


Men transporting homemade boat, Brighton, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the boat that Carl Harvey built in his backyard in Brighton being moved from his house onto a large truck in the street on 28 April 1945. Three men are working in the background and four men and a woman are watching in the foreground. The image is a digital scan of the original ...


Postcard of SY Aurora sent from Antarctica, 1912

This is a postcard featuring a black-and white photograph of the Steam Yacht Aurora, the ship used on the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson. Both front and back are stamped with a circular mark featuring a line drawing of a penguin, the words 'LOOSE SHIP'S LETTER / S.Y. AURORA' around the circumference ...