A collection of videos from our archives.
The Computer “CSIRAC” (1965)
Think you’re an early adopter? CSIRAC was an automatic digital computer, the fifth computer of its kind ever built. It weighed 7,000 kg and had a RAM of 768 words.
Bird banding in Australia (1964)
If the field biologist is to advise on the conservation of rare birds and the control of pests, he must be able to study birds in their natural environment and to record their pattern of behaviour over a number of years. But first, he must be able to identify individuals in a species.
Clunies Ross – a man of science (1962)
A compilation film on Sir Ian Clunies Ross produced for the Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Foundation.
Challenge of the North: The Katherine Area (1960)
A scientific field survey of the natural resources of the Katherine-Darwin region of the Northern Territory was undertaken in 1946. This film shows how the area was divided into `land systems’ – regions with the same pattern of topography, soil types and vegetation – and why one particular land system, which became known as the `Tipperary’, was selected for intensive field study.
Radio astronomy in Australia (1958)
An explanation of how a radio telescope works, and how two or more radio aerials may be linked together as an "interferometer" to pinpoint more precisely the area from which radio signals are coming.
The Mallee Fowl (1957)
An account of the nesting habits of the Mallee Fowl (Leipoa ocellata) a member of the Megapodiidae family of mound builders.
The Mutton Birds of Bass Strait (1956)
The Mutton Bird (Puffinus tenuirostris) has been the basis of a successful, if little-known, Tasmanian industry for more than a century. Each year millions of fledglings are harvested for their carcasses and oil.