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Mäori weapons taken at Te Ranga, 1864

This is an ink watercolour by Lieutenant Horatio Robley entitled 'Mäori arms taken at Te Ranga 21 June 1864', which appeared in 'The Illustrated London News' of September 1864. It shows weapons captured after the British victory over Ngäi Te Rangi (a Mäori tribe) at Te Ranga on 21 June 1864. The weapons are numbered and ...

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Indigenous Australian men with weapons, c1817

This is a 17.7 cm x 27.8 cm watercolour of ten men carrying spears, spear throwers and shields as they walk along a dirt path. Some have clubs tucked into loincloths. Another group of five men can be seen further down the grassed hill.

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'Jandamarra's boomerang', late 19th century

This is a boomerang painted with three oval markings. On one side is an old label that reads: 'Western Australian Boomerang called Kielie of curious pattern. This boomerang belonged to the black bushranger Pidgeon who was shot by the police on … the Lillemillora Gorge, Leopold Range. Rare Pattern'. The boomerang is 52.5 ...

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Decorated knives and sheaths, c1900

This image shows five decorated stone knives and sheaths made by people of the Warumungu and Tjingali groups near Tennant Creek in central Northern Territory. The knife blades are three-sided and taper to a point. They were collected in 1901-02. Their average length is 20 cm long x 4 cm wide.

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War dance in 1851

This is a watercolour painting created by the military artist Captain T J Grant in 1851. The image shows a Mäori woman holding a mere pounamu (greenstone hand weapon) and leading six male Mäori warriors in a war dance. The first male warrior holds a tewhatewha (a close combat weapon around 2 metres long); the second, fourth ...

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Bennelong in European clothing, 1798

This is an engraving made by James Neagle in England in 1798. It features an oval portrait of Bennelong wearing a ruffled shirt, waistcoat and frockcoat. A number of Indigenous Australian weapons are depicted in a formal arrangement behind the portrait; these include two shields, a woomera (spear thrower), a hafted axe ...

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'Akau-tä (club), 18th century

This is a long fighting club created in Tonga in the 18th century. It flares from a round grip to a wider, thicker tip and is completely covered with intricate incised designs, including several miniature figures on the shaft and flattened end (figures are not visible in this image). Most of the carving is extremely fine, ...

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Arawa soldier, 1865

This is a watercolour painting created by British soldier Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930) in 1865. He called it 'Arawa soldier warning off'. It shows a Mäori warrior with a moko (skin marking) on his face and a moko puhoro (marking on leg or thigh) on his left thigh. He wears a form of traditional clothing made of either ...

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Indigenous Australians hunting kangaroos, c1817

This is a 17.7 cm x 27.7 cm watercolour of a hunter poised to throw a spear at one of a number of kangaroos; he is lying on his front behind a fallen tree, his head and chest raised and his right arm stretching back ready to throw the spear from a spear thrower. Four other hunters wait behind trees in the distance with ...

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Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion, c1942 - item 1 of 2

This clip from a silent black-and-white home movie shows Torres Strait Islander servicemen undertaking army training drills on Thursday Island (Weiban) during the Second World War. It opens with a long shot of barefoot uniformed men marching in formation, and passing behind a squad of stationary men. It then cuts to shots ...

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Boats and supplies at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, 1915

This is a sepia-toned photograph of Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey taken in early June 1915. Boats and barges are moored at several temporary pontoon piers. On the shore are many soldiers, a row of guns and several barrels. The photograph measures 17.1 cm x 27.7 cm.

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Milt Cottee describes RAAF air attacks in the Korean War, 2007

This is an edited sound recording of former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Group Captain Milt Cottee describing attack missions in single-seater Mustang planes such as those he piloted in the Korean War (1950-53). Cottee outlines the range of weapons carried and the types of targets they were used against. He also gives ...

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First World War diary - Corporal S W Siddeley, 27 August - 23 September 1915

This brown-covered notebook is the third volume of a diary kept by Corporal S W Siddeley. This volume was written from 27 August to 23 September 1915. The complete diary consists of three notebooks, written between October 1914 and September 1915. It contains graphic details of the landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli and ...

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Viking quest

This interactive game is about a raid by Vikings to gain the treasures of the monastery of Lindisfarne in Scotland. The game consists of a series of choices each player has to make at each stage of the raid. These include selecting a site to build a boat to sail to Lindisfarne, deciding on the size of the boat, and choosing ...

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First World War diary - Corporal S W Siddeley, 21 Oct 1914 - 15 Jan 1915

This is the first of three volumes of a diary kept by Corporal S W Siddeley. This volume was written between 21 October 1914 - 15 January 1915. The complete diary consists of three notebooks, written between October 1914 and September 1915. It contains graphic details of the landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli and of the ...

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First World War diary - Bombadier Langley Clarke, 13 Nov 1916 - 11 Jul 1917

This is the second volume of a diary kept by Bombardier L E Clarke, 40th Battery, 24th Brigade, Australian Imperial Forces. The diary is a battered blue-coloured notebook with a black cloth handle at the top. Entries date from 13 November 1916 to 11 July 1917 and also include a collection of song lyrics. This diary is part ...

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First World War diary - Langley Clarke, 1 Jul 1915 - 12 Nov 1916

This is the first volume of a diary kept by Bombardier L E Clarke, 40th Battery, 24th Brigade, Australian Imperial Force. Entries begin on 11 July 1915 and close on 12 November 1916 and also include a collection of song lyrics. The diary is part of the Military Memorabilia Collection at Museum Victoria. It measures 99 ...

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Loot and land

This resource is about Viking conquests in the British Isles. It includes text and some images. The resource is organised under seven topic headings: Terror from the sea; Lindisfarne sacked; Who were the Vikings?; Ships and navigation; A fair wind for raiding; The need for more land; and Find out more. The images are interposed ...

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First World War diary - Corporal S W Siddeley, 4 Apr 1915 - 11 May 1915

This is the leather-bound second volume of a diary kept by Corporal S W Siddeley. This volume was written from 4 April to 11 May 1915. The complete diary consists of three notebooks, written between October 1914 and September 1915. It contains graphic details of the landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli and of the campaign, ...

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Gunflint, c1880

This is a stone gunflint, a piece of stone used inside a flintlock firearm to ignite the gunpowder. The gunflint was uncovered in an archaeological dig of the area known as 'Little Lon', Melbourne, in 2003. It does not appear to have been used.