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  • Ted Pritchard collection no. 1(1)

    Hand-crafted model steam 'donkey' engine on a blue painted wooden board base

    The Ted Pritchard Collection comprises one model steam-powered engine. It was made by Arnold Pritchard for his two sons in 1945/46.

    This model steam-powered engine is a material representation of Ted Pritchard's lifelong passion for steam-power. At age 16, shortly after his father built the model, Ted purchased a Stanley Steamer motor vehicle, which he and his father restored to working condition. In the course of his almost 60 years work as a mechanical engineer Ted designed, built and demonstrated several revolutionary multi-fuel steam engines. Most notably, he and his father built a steam-powered engine that was suitable for use in mobile applications. The engine was first road-tested in a Chevrolet truck and is now in the National Historical Collection.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Bark painting depicting animals at a sacred site by Jimmy Nakkurridjdjilmi Nganjmirra of Gunbalanya, 1970
    'Tingarri men at Kiritjinya', painted by John Tjakamarra, 1975
    'Two Women Mythology at Putja Rock Hole', painted by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, 1977
  • Nettie McColive collection(189)

    Agricultural Bureau of South Australia Exhibition of Women's Handicrafts Second Prize, 1937 awarded to Miss Huppatz

    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Gladys Henry collection(10)

    Animal bone awl
    Club - woman's fighting stick
    Rainforest shield, Tully River area, Queensland made by Andy, 1970
  • ET Fealy collection(303)

    Collection of financial records 1933-1935
    National Security (Man Power) Regulations 1943
  • Judy Horacek collection no. 2(5)

    Black and white cartoon titled 'Cemetery of Women'
    Black and white cartoon titled 'Damn feminists'
    Black and white cartoon titled 'Photographing marbles'
    Coloured cartoon titled 'Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde'

    The collection consists of 45 cartoons by free lance cartoonist Judy Horacek produced from mid 1980s to 2001. The cartoons provide social and political comment on gender relations. Horacek's work has appeared in number newspapers and journals including the Australian, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

    Horacek's work has always been especially concerned with women and feminism. Her characteristic spiky, sassy figures provide heroines which her readers readily identify with. Her cartoons reflect some of the major issues of the feminist movement including women and politics, women's place in society and women and work.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Union Portland Cement
    Circular Quay
    Woolwich Point, Lane Cove River
    Horse teams pulling wagons loaded with wool bales
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Cutherson Falls, upper Liverpool River,  Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Lantern slide - View from the sea of Point Charles lighthouse, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905
    Glass plate negative - Expedition camp, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Crown Point, very near the Finke River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923