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  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1886, Second Prize
    Hon. Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, First Prize
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    City Bridge and St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide, SA
    Cave Gardens Cave, Mt Gambier, SA
    The bridge over Mitchell River, Bairnsdale, Vic
    Boy sitting in a chair next to a dog.
  • Diana Boyer collection(137)

    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'

    The Diana Boyer collection comprises artworks, annotated sketches and other recordings of life on 'Bobbara Creek', a rural property in the Binalong district of southern NSW, between 1981 and 2007. There are twenty eight items and groups of items in the collection. All are in good condition.

    This collection records the imaginative and emotional processes by which Diana Boyer, a migrant from Argentina, settled in an Australian place. The artworks, sketchbooks and other items show Diana's engagement with the ecological particularities of the Binalong district, and with significant issues arising from the social and economic dynamics of colonial history and the present. The items record Diana's exploration of a range of topics related to her life and work on 'Bobbara Creek', including Aboriginal dispossession, the representation of rural women, the value of biological diversity, the broader implications of introducing genetically modified canola to Australia, and the possible consequences of global warming for Australian agriculture.

  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Baalbek
    Sheet of paper relating to Joan Richmond
    Handwritten letter to Joan Richmond from her mother, 1932
    Second of a set of three postcards from Joan Richmond - England

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.

  • J B Young Ltd collection(228)

    International award to firm
    Telegram sent to J B Young Limited for the attention of J Colman
    Copy of the chairman's address to the 1981 Annual General Meeting of Grace Bros Holdings Limited
    Grace Bros Annual General Meeting form of proxy
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token captioned I love till death shall stop my breath, 1802
    Convict love token from W. Griffiths, 1825
    Convict love token from B. Watson, 1829
    Convict love token from David Freeman, 1818

    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.

  • People for Nuclear Disarmament collection no. 2(135)

    Vietnam Moratorium Withdrawal All Troops Now
    Vietnam Aid Appeal 1972

    Land Rights before Games

    For a nuclear free and independent Pacific

  • Scott Rainbow collection(81)

    Scrimshaw cow horn featuring central motif of three figures fighting with spears, Cherbourg style
    Boomerang featuring front halves of cow and horse in centre and geometric designs on arms
    Whip handle with horse hoof-shaped base and metal detail on shaft
    Timber club with tapered head studded with rows of nails, from  QLD

    This collection consists of eighty one decorated objects including boomerangs, clubs, scrimshaw, stock whip handles, shields and walking sticks. The majority of the objects are associated with Aboriginal missions during the late nineteenth to mid twentieth centuries, in particular the Barambah/ Cherbourg mission (QLD), La Perouse (NSW), Palm Island (QLD), and Lake Tyers (VIC). Various locations in South Australia are also included.

    From the late nineteenth century Aboriginal people in Eastern Australia created a range of artefacts decorated with incised, carved, painted and pokerworked motifs, which documented their experiences of interaction with European settlers. 'Non-traditional' designs emerged which were specific to individual missions - such as the cross hatching and playing card iconography characteristic of Cherbourg and the incised flora and fauna motifs characteristic of La Perouse. Many of the objects in this collection reflect these new designs, and depict the changing circumstances brought about by European settlement as well as continuing links to land and traditional cultural practices. When used as trade items, these objects quickly became sought after, and as production increased they found a market as tourist souvenirs. This collection brings together a range of such objects from several key sites, including two of the most important east coast mission stations, Cherbourg and La Perouse. It also includes a number of hybrid objects, such as a tin yandi and a nail club, which combine tradition forms and functions with non-traditional materials. This collection is significant for including types of objects not well represented in existing museum collections, and for representing the range of objects being made by Indigenous people in Eastern Australia during this period, particular those living on missions.

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