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  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - The man has grouped his two wives and children according to blood relationships, north of Mt Davies, Tomkinson Ranges, South Australia, Ullparidja people, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Glass plate negative - His excellency Sir Tom Bridges, Governor of South Australia, planting a tree at Arltunga, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
    Film negative - Entrance to Wangalinnya caves, Limestone caves in the Napier Range, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Aboriginal prisoners, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905
  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Handwritten note by Marge Tait
    Handwritten note
    Drawing of Ruby Monaghan and Hazel Pritchard
    Handwritten poem
  • Benny Zable collection no. 2(137)

    Letter from Benny Zable to the Organisers of ANZART
    The Tree Lament

    The Benny Zable collections comprise a diverse range of large and small objects, including a blue Ford XA panel van, conical road markers, protest banners and badges, costumes, photographs, political posters, leaflets, letters, placards, legal documents and documents. These objects were donated to the Museum by environmental protester, peace activist and performing artist, Benny Zable.

    Born in 1945 and raised in a Jewish family in Melbourne, the tragic senselessness of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War was the first in a series of life changing experiences for Zable who journeyed to Israel in 1968 to work on a kibbutz on the Lebanese border. This transformational experience was followed by visits to London and Paris, which, at that time, were witnessing the rise of counter culture and peace movements. The Paris student uprising in 1968 was a watershed event precipitating the largest general strike ever recorded, bringing France to a virtual standstill. The World Symposium on Humanities in Los Angeles, which Zable attended in 1979, coincided with the America's worst nuclear accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. On his return to Australia, Zable became active in anti-nuclear protest organization, Nomadic Action Group (NAG). Using his artistic and performative skills, Zable developed a caricature costume of the grim reaper "I visualised a dark character with a skull head, "Greedozer" to portray the ugly side of civilisation". A pedestal, formed from black painted forty-four gallon drums, allowed for extra height from which to hang protest banners. On receiving an Australia Council for the Arts grant, Zable developed a road show, transporting his costume and toxic tower statue, to which he had added a PA system, a mike in the gas mask, a video display unit and tape deck, in a blue Ford panel van. After touring Australia, Zable travelled first to Asia and then the US, before returning to Australia and settling in Nimbin, northern New South Wales. Benny Zable has been continuously active in protest movements spanning three decades. Most recently, while acting as creative director for New York's Ecofest and attending the UN's International Vigil for peace, Benny brought his performance and costume to support the 2011 New York 'Occupy Wall Street' protest in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park. This protest sparked a series of massive global protest movements among disaffected citizens throughout the world, prompting a remarkable move by Time Magazine to nominate 'The Protester' as its 2011 'Person of the Year'.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Oxford Street, Sydney
    QSL card for VK3C
    Elbow Street West Kempsey [and] River and Bridge Kempsey
    Sepia toned photograph of a town
  • Dr Lamont West collection(11)

    Palm leaf bound with a narrow length of palm leaf forming a circular armband
    Fire drill set


    Fire drill
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Photograph of several members of the 1912 Australian Cricket team relaxing on the deck of the
    Sepia photograph of the Australian Cricket team taken at Southend Ground, England 1921
    Cricket blazer
    Black and white team photograph of the 1913 Australian Cricket team on tour to Canada and the U.S.A.
  • Social History Museums (South Australia) collection(172)

    Wattle Day League, S.A, 1918
    Cheer-Up Society
    Australia Day, 1918
    War Orphans Appeal, Lest We forget, Legacy Club
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Weapon - Spear
    Weapon - Spear
    Weapon - Spear
    Weapon - Spear