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Australia's 150th Anniversary 1788-1938

Australia's 150th Anniversary 1788-1938

Dr Donald McMichael collection no. 2
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Badges
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1988
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1803 Pattern British Infantry Officer's sword and scabbard of New South Wales Colonial Governor Lachlan Macquarie

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Alexander Ferguson collection
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Swords
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Solingen, Urban district, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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John Justus Runkel, Sword Cutler and Merchant
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1807
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Glass jar containing crystalised yellow and orange coloured fragments of gum arabic

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Australia Post Historical collection
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Jars
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Poster titled 'Post early this Christmas'

Poster titled 'Post early this Christmas'

Australia Post Historical collection
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Posters
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Postmaster General's Department
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Aboriginal breastplate for Billy Hippie, King of Minnon

Aboriginal breastplate for Billy Hippie, King of Minnon

Edmund Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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George Twemlow
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1877
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Poster titled 'Telephone services link together the people of all nations'

Poster titled 'Telephone services link together the people o...

Australia Post Historical collection
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Advertising posters
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Postmaster General's Department
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1959
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Black metal desk telephone with a winding handle

Black metal desk telephone with a winding handle

Australia Post Historical collection
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Telephones
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United States of America
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Telephone and Radio Corporation
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1948
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Poster titled 'Its the speedy airmail that conquers distance and saves time'

Poster titled 'Its the speedy airmail that conquers distance...

Australia Post Historical collection
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Advertising posters
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Postmaster General's Department
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1959
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Set of brass scales with a round plate and a rectangular plate with rounded edges

Set of brass scales with a round plate and a rectangular pla...

Australia Post Historical collection
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Balances
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1834-1934 matchbox holder souvenir of the Melbourne and Victorian Centenary celebrations

1834-1934 matchbox holder souvenir of the Melbourne and Vict...

Reverend John Grosse collection
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Matchbox holders
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reverend John Grosse
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1834
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Burnished, wooden fighting club

Burnished, wooden fighting club

19th Century NSW Aboriginal Artefacts collection
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Clubs
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North-west NSW, Australia
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1800
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Poster titled 'School Project Sheet No.1, 'Communications : the telephone'

Poster titled 'School Project Sheet No.1, 'Communications : ...

Australia Post Historical collection
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Posters
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St. Thomas' Church, North Sydney

St. Thomas' Church, North Sydney

Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1
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Photographic postcards
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North Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Josef Lebovic
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1849
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Brass fastening latch

Brass fastening latch

Department of Defence collection
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Fasteners
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London, England
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Edward Thomas Loseby
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1846
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Round clear glass inkwell with a recessed sunburst pattern on the underside

Round clear glass inkwell with a recessed sunburst pattern o...

Australia Post Historical collection
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Inkwells
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Poster - Tall ships, Tall Stories, Resistance Every Day Since 1788...

Poster - Tall ships, Tall Stories, Resistance Every Day Sinc...

Kerry Browning collection
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Political posters
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Australia
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1988
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Poster captioned 'Remember her on Mother's Day. She remembers you. Post a card for May 13'

Poster captioned 'Remember her on Mother's Day. She remember...

Australia Post Historical collection
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Advertising posters
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Poster titled 'Send Christmas greetings, telegrams before 23rd December'

Poster titled 'Send Christmas greetings, telegrams before 23...

Australia Post Historical collection
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Postmaster General's Department
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1948
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Barraud No 2/901 chronometer with Poole's auxiliary compensated balance

Barraud No 2/901 chronometer with Poole's auxiliary compensa...

Department of Defence collection
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Chronometers
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Prouds Ltd, Diamond Merchants & Jewellers
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1820
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19th Century folk art diorama which portrays Governor William Bligh's arrest during the Rum Rebellion in 1808

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Sotheby's collection no. 2
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Dioramas
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Australia
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Unknown
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1808
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Round, silver medallion

Round, silver medallion

Nanette Ward collection
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Medallions
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Edgar Richard Mayne
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1882
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John Poole Marine Chronometer No 2659, with accessories in a wooden case

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Department of Defence collection
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Chronometers
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London, England
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John Poole
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1855
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Engraved EPNS serviette ring, made about 1880

Engraved EPNS serviette ring, made about 1880

Terence Lane collection
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Serviette rings
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1875
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Boomerang, attributed as being made by Fred Mulga aka 'Pelaco Jack'

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Robert Croll Indigenous Artefacts collection
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Boomerangs
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Fred Mulga
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1874
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P.M.G. Salter's spring balance, used to weigh large letters and small parcels

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Australia Post Historical collection
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Spring balances
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England
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Salter Scales
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Entrance to Campbell Street Prison, Hobart

Entrance to Campbell Street Prison, Hobart

Sotheby's collection no. 1
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Photographs
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Campbell Street Gaol, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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1837
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Carrobboree [i.e.Corroboree] on the banks of the Murray

Carrobboree [i.e.Corroboree] on the banks of the Murray

The Christensen Fund collection no. 1
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Prints
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London, England
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John S. Prout
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1873
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Clear glass rectangular inkstand with an inkwell in the centre

Clear glass rectangular inkstand with an inkwell in the cent...

Australia Post Historical collection
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Inkstands
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Baby's silk garment

Baby's silk garment

Rita McMartin collection no. 1
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Baby dresses
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Condobolin, New South Wales, Australia
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'Granny' Edwards
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1877
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Brass fastening pin for latch

Brass fastening pin for latch

Department of Defence collection
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Fasteners
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London, England
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Edward Thomas Loseby
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1846
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Clear glass plate marked Advance Australia, to commemorate Australia's centenary in 1888

Clear glass plate marked Advance Australia, to commemorate A...

Terence Lane collection
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Commemorative plates
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England
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1887
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Wicker and leather child's pony saddle

Wicker and leather child's pony saddle

Gidleigh collection
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Saddles
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Bungendore, New South Wales, Australia
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Mrs Jane (Jean) R. Forster Rutledge
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1880
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Plaque titled 'Clare College, Cambridge'

Plaque titled 'Clare College, Cambridge'

Maxwell Newton collection
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Plaques
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Cambridge, England
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Mr Maxwell Newton
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Next of Kin plaque issued to Edith Burns in respect of the service of her son, Lieutenant Vincent Burns

Next of Kin plaque issued to Edith Burns in respect of the s...

Vincent Burns collection
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Plaques
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London, England
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Lieutenant Vincent A. Burns
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1919
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Wooden highchair with white leather harness

Wooden highchair with white leather harness

Doris Nash collection
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Highchairs
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Iram Nash
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1875
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King George's Sound

King George's Sound

The Christensen Fund collection no. 1
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Prints
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London, England
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J Carr
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1873
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International Beauty Congress 1962 Delegate's plaque

International Beauty Congress 1962 Delegate's plaque

Tania Verstak collection
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Plaques
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California, United States of America
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Mrs Tania Young
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1962
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Set of nine metal weights

Set of nine metal weights

Australia Post Historical collection
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Weights
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Blue nylon airmail bag, printed with '50th anniversary air mail covers re-enactment flight first official air mail Australia - New Zealand 1934-1984...11th April 1984'

Blue nylon airmail bag, printed with '50th anniversary air m...

Australia Post Historical collection
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Bags
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Australia
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Australia Post
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1984
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Other Refuge Have I None

Other Refuge Have I None

Albert Namatjira collection no. 4
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Plaques
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Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia
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Albert Namatjira
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Family Bible

Family Bible

Nancy Hamilton collection no. 2
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Bibles
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Glasgow, Scotland
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William Collins, Sons and Co.
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1800
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Aboriginal breastplate for U Robert, King of Big Leather and Big River Tribes

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Edmund Milne collection
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Aboriginal breastplates
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Gwydir River, New South Wales, Australia
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Not provided
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1800
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The Custom House, Sydney, 1 May 1906

The Custom House, Sydney, 1 May 1906

Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1
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Postcards
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Mr Josef Lebovic
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1906
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Red metal pillar box with arched top

Red metal pillar box with arched top