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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Familiar Australian Singers, with compliments of the Singer Sewing Machine Co, Parramatta
    Postcard featuring a coloured printed drawing of an Austrian soldier writing home.
    Australia. Manly Beach. Sydney
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Decorated barbed spear from Bathurst Island
    Glass plate negative - Branding horses in stockyard, Innamincka station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Film negative - Punch, Lady and Annie, holding the eagle hawk Punch shot, Mt Woodward, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Punch (Arrerika), suffering with fly bitten eye, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token dated August 8th, 1803
    Convict love token from Robert Salmon, 1841
    Convict love token from T. Lucas, 1834
    Convict love token from John Bloxidge, 1839

    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.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Poster with image by J Samuels
    Young Girls by Wally Mandarrk
    Painting of a landscape
    Silk batik by Nyukana Baker

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Weapon - Spear
    Weapon - Spear
     Unidentified Sea Fish
    painting depicts a tall rectangular object, outlined in red with a 'spout' attached at the top
  • Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection(65)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3(71)

    Painting is divided into 4 panels with circle in centre and a vertical band contains 3  catfish
    Painting depicts a group of hunters, one spearing porcupine; one holding kangaroo leg; third holding dead bird
    Painting depicts a variety of creatures, including 7  turtles, various fish & insects, & a number of plants (black stalks).
    Painting depicts a central circle and twelve black egg-like objects
  • William and Jeanette Derham Family - Bendigo Pottery collection(417)

    Ceramic demijohn with cork
    Water Filter with lid and tap
    Ceramic bread platter
    Ceramic tobacco jar with lid, shaped as a dog

    The William and Jeanette Derham family collection is the physical manifestation of Mr Derham's commitment to documenting the work of Bendigo Pottery, its wares and institutional history, as well as the association he and his family had with the business between 1968 and 1983. The collection consists of historic Bendigo Pottery ceramics from the 19th and 20th centuries which illustrate the diversity of wares produced between 1858 and 1971, as well as a comprehensive range of items manufactured during the Derham era. This material is supported by a unique collection of stamps and printing blocks used as part of the manufacturing and advertising processes as well as documentary materials, photographs and ephemera which illustrate working life at Bendigo Pottery.

    Since its establishment in 1858, Bendigo Pottery has played a significant role in the history of Australian ceramics, producing wares ranging from the domestic and decorative, to the utilitarian and industrial. The history of the business illustrates the process of technological transfer in the decorative arts, the adaptation of imported ceramic traditions to local markets and the development of distinctively Australian imagery, styles and pottery products. Bendigo Pottery has provided useful products and employment opportunities to the community for 150 years and on an aesthetic level ensured that the skills of the potter, which so easily could have been lost with the advent of mass production techniques, have been preserved for posterity.