Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Behind The Scenes – The Dolly Washer

Environmentally Friendly Washing Machine Ever wondered how to reduce your impact on the environment and reduce your electricity bill as the same time?  Well look no further than the past!  Re-introducing the “Dolly Washer” from 1879.  The “Dolly” washer features … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes – Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup

Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup  I have noticed that the overdosing of paracetamol to young children has hit the headlines again.  Jane Hanson of  The Sunday Telegraph wrote “half of all parents give their children paracetamol when they don’t need it … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes: The Mimeograph

What did teachers do before photocopiers? Prior to the commercialisation of the photocopier, many schools used a duplicator.  There are two types of duplicator, a spirit duplicator which uses a multi layered, ink impregnated wax based master copy and a … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes: The bushel as an imperial measure

But I thought Bushel was a brand of tea?  If you have ever watched TV programs like Stateline, you will hear the term Bushel during the market report. So what is a bushel? A bushel is an imperial measure of volume … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes – Queensland’s First TV broadcast

When was the first TV image broadcast in Queensland? If you thought 1956 or 1959, you’d be wrong.  The first TV broadcast was made in 1934 by Thomas Elliott, from the Windmill Tower on Wickham Terrace using the machine featured … Continue reading

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