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  • Bali Bombings 2002 Memorial - Parliament of Victoria collection(49)

    Condolence card from Thien to the victims of the Bali bombings
    Poster made from two newspaper cuttings featuring colour photographs of Bali bombing victims
    Bali Offerings
    Hand-made sympathy card

    The Bali Bombings 2002 Memorial Collection - Parliament of Victoria collection is a small sample of the large amount of material left on the Victorian Parliamentary steps in the two weeks following the Bali bombing on 12 October 2002. The collection is made up of cards, letters, various paintings by children, wooden Catholic cross with fabric lei, wooden sculpture of a Balinese surfer carrying a surfboard, soft toys such as butterflies, soft koala teddy bears, dolls and football, two small Australian flags, small pieces of jewellery, some textile objects such as a satin throw and fabric flowers, vegemite jar, a 'In Memory' book signed by the members of the Ivanhoe Grammar School and community and a bound collection of children's drawings and letters from the students of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar schools.

    Late on the evening of Saturday 12 October 2002, two bombs exploded in the crowded Paddy's Bar and the Sari nightclub on Jalan Legian, Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Shortly afterwards a third bomb exploded at the US consulate in Denpassar, Bali. Exact figures were difficult to substantiate, but at least 202 people were killed in the first two blasts and over 300 injured. Of the two hundred or more dead, eighty-eight were Australians. The deadly attacks produced profound shock in Australia. For many, this event seemed to bring home the immediacy of global terrorism, which had come to public prominence the previous year in New York and Washington.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    N.S.W. Country Press Association
    Panorama of Kiama, South Coast, NSW
    Man and woman in a car
    Ferry Punt
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    'Flying dingoes', painted by Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, 1974
    Painting depicts  X-ray style kangaroo with crosshatching
    Painting depicts three figures dancing
    Mothers Taking Food and Water to Initiates
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Two men wearing suits, with a large display of vegetables on wooden shelves, Goulburn Show, Grifffiths + Blake gardeners 1919
    Large bed of hyacinths at Springfield with a female figure in the background
    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon 1915

    The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

    Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

  • Liesl Rockchild collection(68)

    Buggy 1999
    Horses and Cowboys 1999
    Cowboy 1998
    Horse and Cowboy 1999

    This collection contains sixty-eight bush toys commissioned for the Bush Toys exhibition and created from 1997 to 1999. The workd were made by evelven emerging and established artists from three Eastern Arrente communities from Central Australia. Â? Tristan Young, Calvin Smith, Christopher Wallace and Douglas Wallace, Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa Mission); David Wallace and Johnny Young from Titjikala (Maryvale Station); Lindsay James, Clifford Tilmouth, Davey Tilmouth, Maxi Wehr and Michael Wehr from Engawala (Alcoota Station). Prior to their acquisition by the Museum, these works were exhibited as Bush Toys at a number of venues in rural and remote Australia.

    The objects are made from found and salvaged materials and are based on the toys that they either used or made as children and still make for their children or in Tristan Young's case still make and play with. Aboriginal communities have always produced toys for their children as teaching tools to prepare them for adulthood. Historically these were miniature versions of implements and utensils that were essential for daily survival such as toy spears, toy shields and toy boomerangs. Since the introduction of new materials like metal, plastic and glass, these toys have evolved to reflect the environment and lifestyle of the makers. Since the 1970s when many of the adults became involved in working on cattle stations, some of the toys modelled a horse and rider, some incorporated scenes of stockmen, stockyards and rodeos. Over time toys reflected changing technology in use on cattle stations. Trucks, motorbikes, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft were made.

  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2(85)

    Bark painting depicts a rounded frame in four different rings of decoration
    Bark painting outlined in white with black dots, divided into three panels by two horizontal lines of yellow and white with black dots
    Bark painting featuring an oval shape outlined in black & white
    Painting has 3-pronged appearance with central oval shape design
  • Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1(203)

    Lizard sculpture
    Goanna sculpture
    Bird sculpture
    Goanna sculpture
  • Eleanor Williams-Gilbert collection(6)

    Christmas Eve in the Land of the Dispossessed by Kevin Gilbert
    Mabung by Kevin Gilbert.
    The Nomad by Kevin Gilbert.
    Lineal Legends by Kevin Gilbert.