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Child's drawing of Barratja - story of a women in the mangroves

Child's drawing of Barratja - story of a women in the mangro...

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Barratja
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'Bundjungu', bark painting, native plant species

'Bundjungu', bark painting, native plant species

Mulkun Wirrpanda collection
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mulkun Wirrpanda
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2013
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Composing rule

Composing rule

Les Robertson collection
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Rulers
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Mr Lesley A. Robertson
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1920
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Embroidered handmade doily

Embroidered handmade doily

Kathleen Simpson collection no. 1
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Doilies
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Mrs Annie Taylor
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1900
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UAW. Union of Aust. Women

UAW. Union of Aust. Women

Union of Australian Women collection
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Union badges
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ms Audrey McDonald
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1950
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Radius gauge

Radius gauge

Neil, Lynette and Barry Ross collection
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Gauges
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Alfred Ross
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1933
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'Buwakul', Painted hollow log, native plant species

'Buwakul', Painted hollow log, native plant species

Mulkun Wirrpanda collection
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Coffins
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mulkun Wirrpanda
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2012
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Child's drawing This is about old people who living on beach by Balpiyang Wanambi

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Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Balpiyang Wanambi
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Shield, part of a set of the hunting and gathering tools, attributed to the Gammon Ranges, 1951

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Robert Croll Indigenous Artefacts collection
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Shields
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Gammon Ranges, South Australia, Australia
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1951
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Poster titled 'Telephone services link together the people of all nations'

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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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Child's drawing of two fishes, a turtle and an emu by Djalung

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Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Djalung
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Equal Pay Year 1986

Equal Pay Year 1986

Union of Australian Women collection
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Political badges
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ms Audrey McDonald
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1950
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Pocket Politics No.6, 1954

Pocket Politics No.6, 1954

People's Paraphernalia collection no. 12
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Pamphlets
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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The Liberal Party of Australia
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1954
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Painting on card, in the style of a bark painting, depicting three figures and possum, by Marrkavakara

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Dr Howard Morphy collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Marrkarakara
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1974
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Painting on card, in the style of a bark painting, depicting figure and dog on either side of pole, by Liyawulumu

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Dr Howard Morphy collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Liyawulumu
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1974
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Shoulder ornament

Shoulder ornament

Dr William Warner collection
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Personal adornments
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1926
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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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Child's drawing Beach living by Catherine

Child's drawing Beach living by Catherine

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Catherine
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Poster

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Union of Australian Women collection
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Posters
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ms Audrey McDonald
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1950
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Gold metallic cloth and black woollen coat, worn by Gertud Bodenwieser when taking on-stage acknowledgements

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Cuckson Bodenwieser collection no. 1
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Coats
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New South Wales, Australia
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Eileen Cramer
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1940
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Painting depicts a whale and three men in a canoe

Painting depicts a whale and three men in a canoe

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mungurrawuy Yunupingu
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1967
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Poster

Poster

Union of Australian Women collection
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ms Audrey McDonald
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1950
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I am a Woman for Peace

I am a Woman for Peace

Union of Australian Women collection
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Political badges
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ms Audrey McDonald
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1950
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Poster

Poster

Union of Australian Women collection
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Posters
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ms Audrey McDonald
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1950
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Metal tray

Metal tray

Pennington Migrant Centre collection
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Trays
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Pennington, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Pennington Migrant Centre
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1940
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Child's drawing - person walking with a spear between two trees by Barratja

Child's drawing - person walking with a spear between two tr...

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Barratja
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Pair of metal spurs with black leather straps

Pair of metal spurs with black leather straps

Colledge Family collection
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Spurs
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Australia
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Miss Emilie Roach
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1914
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Child's drawing - Deanna dreaming / The Dreamtime by Dianna Merrkiyawuy, Yirrkala NT

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Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Dhupuma College, Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia
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Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr
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1975
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Dessert spoon

Dessert spoon

Pennington Migrant Centre collection
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Dessertspoons
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Pennington, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Pennington Migrant Centre
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1940
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Round rose table centre, embroidered in various shades of pink and green

Round rose table centre, embroidered in various shades of pi...

Myrtle Wilson collection
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Table linen
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Beaconsfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Semco Company
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1928
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Medal issued by the Australian Numismatic Society to mark the centenary of the Royal Australian Mint, Sydney, in 1955

Medal issued by the Australian Numismatic Society to mark th...

TE Hanley collection no. 2
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Commemorative medals
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Australian Numismatic Society
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1955
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Painting on card, in the style of a bark painting, depicting figure laying in eliptical form surrounded by five figures, by Bokarra

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Dr Howard Morphy collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Bokarra
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1974
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Child's drawing - Group of people in canoe rowing towards land by Guypungara

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Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Guypunyuru
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Painting depicts an anthropomorphic male figure

Painting depicts an anthropomorphic male figure

Dr Howard Morphy collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Cream linen doily with green and brown organdie applique in an autumn design of leaves and flowers

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Myrtle Wilson collection
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Doilies
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Beaconsfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Mrs Violet M. Wilson
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1946
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Wooden paddle - Yirrkala, 1948

Wooden paddle - Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Paddles
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1948
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Djunkgao (Djung'kawu) and Madalait at Jelangbara (Yalangbara) - Yirrkala, 1948

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American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Unknown
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1948
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Poster

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Union of Australian Women collection
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Posters
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ms Audrey McDonald
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1950
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Space beneath trap door from gallows, Campbell Street Prison, Hobart

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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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Painting depicts a crocodile and other creatures

Painting depicts a crocodile and other creatures

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mungurrawuy Yunupingu
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1966
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ACME 'Invincible' clothes wringer

ACME 'Invincible' clothes wringer

Bothwell Museum collection
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Clothes wringers
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Glasgow, Scotland
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ACME Manufacturing Co
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1900
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Monocular microscope used for the scientific study of algae by phycologist Valerie May

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Valerie Jones collection
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Microscopes
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New South Wales, Australia
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Mrs Valerie May
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1940
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Vacola jar

Vacola jar

Rolfe and Mavis Bridle collection
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Food preserving jars
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Blowering Basin, New South Wales, Australia
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Mrs Mavis Bridle
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1930
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Black and white group portrait photograph of children with musical instruments (possibly the Blue Birds Club)

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Enid Treadgold collection
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Portrait photographs
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Five Dock, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Radio 2GB Blue Birds Club
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1951
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Hand made rigid fan made from woven plant fibre

Hand made rigid fan made from woven plant fibre

Odette O'Neill collection
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Hand fans
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Mr Victor L. Stiskin
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1938
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Ashtray

Ashtray

Pennington Migrant Centre collection
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Ashtrays
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Pennington, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Pennington Migrant Centre
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1940
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Composing rule

Composing rule

Les Robertson collection
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Rulers
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Mr Lesley A. Robertson
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1920
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Poster-

Poster- "Alternative Die Gruner"

Union of Australian Women collection
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Posters
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ms Audrey McDonald
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1950
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Metal rule

Metal rule

Les Robertson collection
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Rulers
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Mr Lesley A. Robertson
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1920
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Painting on card, in the style of a bark painting, depicting snake, by Wuyulwuy

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Dr Howard Morphy collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Wuyulwuy Wanambi
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1974
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Fine tooth saw blade

Fine tooth saw blade

Neil, Lynette and Barry Ross collection
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Saw blades
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Alfred Ross
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1933
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Child's drawing - 'The Missionaries', by Lillian Banbapuy Ganambarr

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Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Dhupuma College, Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia
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Lillian Banbapuy Ganambarr
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1975
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Craytex rod, polishing stone

Craytex rod, polishing stone

Neil, Lynette and Barry Ross collection
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Abrasives
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Alfred Ross
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1933
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Minton 'Kings Service' china teacup bearing the Commonwealth Parliament Coat of Arms

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Parliament House Catering Service collection no. 1
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Teacups
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England
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Minton
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1927
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Vacola jar

Vacola jar

Rolfe and Mavis Bridle collection
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Food preserving jars
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Blowering Basin, New South Wales, Australia
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Mrs Mavis Bridle
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1930
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Souvenir plate - Bicentenary of Australia

Souvenir plate - Bicentenary of Australia

Cecil Ballard Jnr collection
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Commemorative plates
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Australia
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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1788
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Dial gauge

Dial gauge

Neil, Lynette and Barry Ross collection
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Gauges
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Alfred Ross
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1933
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Bark painting depicting the log on which Barama floated to Gangan by Garwirrin Gumana, Yirrkala, 1965

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J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Gawirrin Gumana
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1965
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White ceramic soup bowl

White ceramic soup bowl

Pennington Migrant Centre collection
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Soup bowls
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Pennington, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Pennington Migrant Centre
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1940
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White ceramic soup bowl with letters CACS

White ceramic soup bowl with letters CACS

Pennington Migrant Centre collection
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Pennington, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Pennington Migrant Centre
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1940
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