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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A View from the Train near Mt. Lofty Station, South Australia
    A two storey building and street lamp with brick pedestal
    Kangaroo hunting, Australia
    'Cavan', Yass.
  • Sir Hubert Opperman collection no. 2(216)

    Pair of cufflinks
    Single cufflink
    Paris - Brest - Paris, 1891-1991 [cycling]

    The Sir Hubert Opperman Collection No. 2, comprises 181 objects relating to his cycling, political and RAAF careers. Items of note include a silver tray presented to him for duties as Immigration Minister in 1966; Knights Bachelor Medal awarded by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968; and a Basque Beret worn when he was awarded the Gold Medal of Paris in 1991 by Jacques Chirac.

    Sir Hubert Opperman, or 'Oppy' has he was affectionately known, became a household name in the 1920s and 1930s as a result of his cycling achievements. He set 101 state, national and world records and was the public face of Malvern Star Bicycle Company. From 1949 to1972, Opperman pursued a career in politics, holding several portfolios for the Liberal party, and became Australia's first High Commissioner to Malta in 1966. He was knighted in1968 and retired from politics in 1972. Sir Hubert Opperman died in 1996 at the aged of 92.

  • School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine collection(121)

    Zeiss 188014 binocular microscope and box
    Hot-air steriliser
    Kata-thermometer made by Hicks, England, with muslin finger cover, in cardboard case
    Photo-micrographic apparatus stand and accessories
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Fire dreaming
    Wooden sculpture, representing a freshwater turtle
    Dhuwa Ngarra  ceremonies.
    Bark painting depicting a ceremonial trepang (beche de mer) and features suckerfish, stingrays and sharks by Birrikidji Gumana, Yirrkala, 1966
  • History of Netball - Margaret Pewtress collection(68)

    Victoria versus Queensland 31 Aug 1964
    Victoria versus New South Wales 4 Sept 1964
    Umpire's Examination Report
    VWBBA A Grade Runners- Up 1959 won by Melbourne Blue

    The History of Netball collection consists of material relating to the history of national and
    international level netball in Australia from the 1930s to the present day. The collection of thirty three
    objects has been formed through donations by seven separate donors representing different eras and
    roles in netball history.

    Sport has always been a large part of Australian life and Australians have always enjoyed success on
    the international sporting arena. Australian women in particular have consistently been high achievers
    in international sporting events and netball is one sport where this has been proven repeatedly. The sport evolved and developed in Commonwealth Countries in the early 1900s. In Australia this resulted in a unique local style and a strong Australian contribution to international rules and standards of play. Netball enjoys the third highest participant rate among all sports played in Australia, is the most popular women's sport and is enjoyed both in the country and the city.

  • Behind the Lines 2007 collection(12)

    Dream time - nightmare time
    Humble pie
    Saint Kevin
    I make no apology

    The Behind the Lines 2007 collection consists of 68 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum of Australia's 2005-2007 Political cartooning targeted collecting project and the Behind the Lines 2007 political cartooning exhibition. There are 52 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Cathy Wilcox, Mark Knight, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward O'Neill.

    The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 2007. Major topics addressed within the collection include issues such as citizenship testing, the APEC summit, the rise of Kevin Rudd, the continuing conflicts in Afghanistan and Irag and an election year in which the Labour party regained the Federal Leadership. Taken together the collection provides a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2007 and demonstrates the quality of Australian political cartooning and illustration.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from James Blanch
    Convict love token from W. Mollet., 1843
    Convict love token from James Keen
    Convict love token from T. Jones, 1819

    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.

  • E Milne collection(652)

    Ground edge hatchet head [stone implement]
    Retouched blade [stone implement]
    Aboriginal breastplate for Timothy, Chief of Merricumbene
    Aboriginal breastplate for Peter, King of Tchanning