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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A view in the Domain, Melbourne, Vic
    Kelso Church, Bathurst, NSW
    Cartmel Fell Church
    Postcard featuring a sepia photograph of a large gathering of soldiers, sailors and civilans
  • Mary Nicholson collection no. 2(19)

    Lead Sinker
    Bush Tucker
    Crean Cream
    Cain Sandwich Paste
  • Mary Willsallen collection(77)

    Dunolly Hackneys
    Pedigree records
    Mary Knight-Gregson and her mother driving in a sulky
    Mary Willsallen and sulky in a show ring
  • Ken Ross collection(20)

    Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1931 - Fastest time medal
    1 Mile Country Championship 1926 winner's medal
    Woy Woy Champion 1925 medal
    Central Cumberland League Bicycle Club 1918 Champion medal

    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.

  • Patrick McCue collection no. 2(1)

    Paddy McCue rugby union jersey

    The Patrick McCue collection number 2 consists of a Rugby Union jersey attributed to Patrick McCue. The jersey is long-sleeved, white, collared and has made from heavy cotton by the company George Lewin of Crooked Lane. On the wearer's left breast is the Rugby Union Wallaby's Waratah, under which is embroided 'Australia' in light blue. On the wearer's back is the number '12' in red fabric. The jersey is in good condition, although the red dye in the Waratah is running, the number '12' fabric is coming undone, and there are some general brown stains. The jersey was given to the vendor by McCue either in the late 1940s or the early 1950s.

    Patrick 'Paddy' McCue was a rugby union player from Newtown, Sydney. McCue was selected and played in the Wallabies Australasian side which toured England in 1908 and won an Olympic gold medal. He was renowned for his solid playing style and was attractive to the founders of New South Wales Rugby League who offered him an attractive sum to switch codes. McCue accepted, and in 1909 he led the second wave of defections from rugby union to the rival code.

  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)


    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Walter Jones, 1836
    Convict love token from A. Woolley, Manchester, 1804
    Convict love token from John Morris
    Convict love token from I. Worner

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

  • David Crane and Alice Sutton collection no. 1(2)

    Sunshine stripper harvester
    Cream can

    This collection comprises a Sunshine stripper harvester, manufactured by Sunshine Harvester Works in Victoria, Australia in 1911, and a cream can. The stripper-harvester were used until the mid-1950's by the Sutton family of Wood Dale, Cootamundra. After upgrading their farming equipment in the mid-1950s, the family stored the harvester in a shed for around forty years, before it was offered to, and accepted for inclusion in, the MuseumÂ?s National Historical Collection.

    Entrepreneurial farmer, businessman and inventor, Hugh Victor McKay, was one of a number of Australians involved in the building and manufacturing of stripper-harvesters. However, it was his machine, the Sunshine stripper-harvester, which revolutionised Australian grain harvesting techniques. In one operation, this machine was able to strip, thresh, winnow and bag grain. The stripper-harvester increased grain yields and cut down on the amount of physical labour, as well as the time needed to harvest. The Sunshine Harvester Company become the largest agricultural manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere and helped establish Australia's reputation as a leading cereal producer. The cream can is part of the narrative of dairying on Wood Dale. In season, about thirty cows were milked twice daily on Wood Dale. Milking was done by women and children, either in an open yard, or in bails, depending on each cow's temperament. After each milking session, which could take up to two hours, the milk was boiled and the cream separated into cream cans and taken to a factory for sale. The skim milk was used by the family and to feed stock.