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NGV Conservator Raye Collins (pictured) made the discovery with this week along with Beckett Rozentals, Curator of Australian Art.

A hidden Balson and Crowley painting (the geometric painting) was found behind another framed composition, which has been there since World War 2. Picture: Jason Edwards

Secret art found behind portrait

A never-before seen painting by artist Ralph Balson will be exhibited for the first time after NGV staff discovered it nailed behind another artwork the gallery has held for almost 45 years

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Australian Squadron Leader James Catanach (kneeling, right) with fellow prisoners of war at Stalag Luft III. Picture: The Shrine of Remembrance

Aussie hero’s WWII Great Escape

A young Australian has been remembered for his role in the escape of 76 prisoners of war from Germany’s Stalag Luft III camp, 80 years after the breakout known as ‘the Great Escape’

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Russian President and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin meets with the media at his campaign headquarters in Moscow on March 18, 2024. (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / POOL / AFP)

Putin wins presidential election

Vladimir Putin has been voted in a landslide result as Russia’s president for another six years in an election described as “not free nor fair” where all other candidates weren’t true opponents

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This photo shows an Olympic tryptic tapestry created for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, designed from a drawing by French-Iranian graphic novelist and illustrator Marjane Satrapi, during its unveiling at the Mobilier National (National Furniture) in Paris on March 12, 2024. The tapestry will be exhibited at the Hotel de la Marine from June 21, 2024. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

Olympic tapestry unveiled in Paris

As a stunning Olympics tapestry is unveiled ahead of the Paris Games, we take a look at the history of this ancient art and where you’ll find some of Australia’s most magnificent examples 

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The surprising history of chocolate

The surprising history of chocolate

 Before being used to make chocolate, cacao was used by ancient tribes for cooking and medicinal purposes, finds a new study tracing the history of the world’s favourite ingredient 

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Why do we have leap years?

Could you imagine a world of opposites where the seasons swapped every few hundred years? This was the problem facing our earliest calendar-makers, but luckily maths had the answer

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‘Holy Grail’ of shipwrecks found

Australia’s oldest maritime mystery has finally been solved with the accidental discovery of historic ship SS Nemesis at the bottom of the ocean, 120 years after it vanished during a fierce 1904 storm

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Jyah Elliott met Paul Gilmore for the first time on Sunday after his bottle was found. Picture Supplied

Message in bottle returned after 55 years

Two 13-year-old boys half a century apart have come together across continents thanks to the message in a bottle Paul Gilmore wrote and threw overboard on his passage to Australia as a lad

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This undated handout picture released on January 23, 2024 by Stockholm University shows two casts and an original prehistoric chewing gum discovered in the Huseby Klev, Western Coast of Sweden. DNA from a type of "chewing gum" used by teenagers in Sweden 10,000 years ago is shedding new light on the Stone Age diet and oral health, researchers said on January 23, 2024. (Photo by Verner Alexandersen / Stockholm University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Verner ALEXANDERSEN/STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Stone Age teens chewed tree gum

Teeth marks in 10,000 year old wads of tree ‘gum’ left DNA traces used by palaeontologists to discover the age and oral health of the chewers – and Stone Age teens had a taste and likely use for it

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The galleon San Jose

Heave ho for ‘Holy Grail’ shipwreck

A shipwreck with the largest amount of treasure ever lost at sea will soon be dragged up to the surface after sitting at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea for the last three centuries

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Mark Knight cartoon for Herald Sun, October 31, 2023

Pen mightier than sword in conflict

As war in Israel and Gaza sadly rages, cartoonist Mark Knight’s depiction of former Australian PMs’ call to calm reminds the nation of the most powerful, precious asset we have: peace