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  • Ken Ross collection(20)

    C.C.L.B.C. 20 Mile Road Championship NSW 1919 sash
    Goulburn to Sydney 1928 sash
    1/2 Mile Australasia Championship 1926 - 2nd place medal
    1/2 Mile Country Championship NSW 1926 sash

    The Ken Ross collection comprises 11 medals, 9 sashes and 1 racing jersey which belonged to professional cyclist Ken Ross. Ross competed successfully as a road cyclist in New South Wales during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also among the few Australian cyclists competing in Europe after the First World War and was among the first English-speaking sportsmen to enter German after the conflict had ended. The collection includes medals and sashes won in Australia and Europe.

    The bicycle has played an important role in Australian life since the 1880s, both as a sport and as a means of transportation. Cycle racing was immediately popular with clubs forming in every state by the 1890s. The period after the First World War saw a great revival of competitive cycling and local and interstate competitions drew large crowds and full newspaper coverage. The few Australian cyclists who left Australia in the 1920s to compete overseas established a long tradition of professional cyclists who have achieved success at an international level.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Bullandelah [sic] and Alum Mountain from Raymond Terrace Rd
    Tea arriving at foot of Aerial Ropeway, Ceylon - Lipton series
    Manly Wharf, Sydney NSW
    A summer evening
  • Ray and Dallas Maple Family collection no. 2(11)

    Pokerwork snake

    The Ray and Dallas Maple Family collection no. 2 consists of six miniature, or model, Aboriginal artefacts and three pokerwork animal scultptures made during the 1930s and two pokerwork decorated boomerangs from the Flinders Ranges made in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

    The artefacts were collected during police work undertaken by two generations of the Maple family in rural South Australia. They are examples of Indigenous objects produced primarily for the Australian tourist market during two different eras. Objects of this type have been under-represented in museum collections in the past, as such objects were often viewed as less authentic than those produced in more traditional settings.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Photograph of 1884 winning rams
    Card awarded at the Yass Spring Show, 1906, First Prize
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, First Prize
    Yass Spring Show, 1906, Second Prize
  • Barry Williams collection(60)

    Scout's Grong Grong Quarterly Competition certificate
    Scout's Carpenter badge certificate
    Scout's 1st Cords badge certificate
    Scout's Athlete badge certificate

    The Barry Williams collection comprises 53 items of 1940s scout memorabilia, including awards and items of uniform from the Surry Hills scout troop, Sydney. Awards such as badges, cords, shoulder tabs and dated certificates are a complete material record of the donor's progress from scout to king's scout. The collection contains the full range of awards available to scouts in the 1940s, except for two awards.

    This collection records a scouting experience that is typically Australian. The 1940s marks a stage of great popularity for the Scouting movement when they were a very visible presence in Australia. The Surry Hills scout troop was disbanded in the 1990s, the demise of the group was probably caused by the changing demographic and social values, of the people living in Surry Hills. This collection is a record of a past urban scouting experience in Australia. It is also evocative of some of the social changes that have taken place in Australia, that have contributed to the decrease in popularity, of the scouting movement.

  • Warakurna History Paintings collection no.2(9)

    Travelling Around on Camels, Mission Times by Eunice Yunurupa Porter, 2012
    Circus Waters Massacre by Dorcas Tinnimay Bennett, Judith Chambers and Delilah Shepherd, 2012
    Land Management, Burning Country by Dianne Ungukalpi Golding
    Governance Training by Eunice Yunurupa Porter, 2011
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(425)

    Glass plate negative - Women and children at campsite, Darwin, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Black and white negative glass lantern slide - Base of Ayers Rock Northern Territory, showing effect of aoelian erosion, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Glass plate negative - Luritja man demonstrating method of attack with boomerang under cover of shield, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Jim, the Chinese gardener, Durham Downs station, Queensland, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
  • Judy and Ian McPhee collection(167)

    White, cotton, sleeveless nightdress
    Black metal
    Round white doily consisting of crocheted joined medalllions
    Orange dot grid pattern