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  • Nance Pownall collection(19)

    Invitation to Miss Clements to a reception to meet YWCA Friends From Other Countries
    Hand-coloured and annotated map of Holland
    Cricketer Nance Clements putting on batting pads
    Clements - Larwood banner
  • Daisy Bates and Herbert Browne collection(12)

    Boomerang with red and white pigment
    Resin-hafted stone adze with wooden handle
    Asymmetrical brown boomerang
    Shield with incised and pigmented zig zag pattern

    The Daisy Bates - Herbert Browne collection consists of twelve Indigenous objects which belonged to Herbert Browne. Browne acquired a collection of objects from Daisy Bates while she was living at Ooldea in the 1920s and 1930s. The collection is comprised of eight boomerangs, two spearthrowers, a shield with a painted and incised design and an adze with a stone flake mounted in resin. Four of the boomerangs are small and light, typical of so-called 'returning' boomerangs, the other four are larger and heavier, typical of the hunting and fighting boomerangs of inland regions. One of the spearthrowers is plain, the other incised and has pigment staining consistent with use as a palette.

    Daisy Bates and her relationship with Aboriginal people in Western Australia and at Ooldea are an important part of Australia's history of settler-Indigenous relations during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. These objects are significant for their link to the story of Bates and her sojourn in Ooldea. Their links to Herbert Browne also make them significant for understanding the history of the theatre in Australia during the early twentieth century, and the way in which theatre moved around the country. These objects are also significant for demonstrating the economics of material culture and artefact manufacture at Ooldea and the early development of Aboriginal arts and tourism industries in Australia.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Scene at San Remo
    Postcard with photograph captioned R.M.M.S. AORANGI, Sydney Harbour Bridge, 25/4/30
    Snow capped mountains, ACT
  • I Dowdle collection(8)

    Second leaf of Record of Sessions House, Old Bailey
    Third leaf of Record of Sessions House, Old Bailey
    Permission for convict Edward Evans to pass from Launceston to Campbell Town Police Office
    Document relating to the pardon of convict Thomas Jacques of Van Diemen's Land
  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1967-1968
    Album and scrapbook containing photographs and ephemera from Japan, 1971
    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1952-1956
    FIFA Centennial Order of Merit medal

    The John 'Johnny' Warren Collection includes an extensive range of materials detailing his days playing for junior teams in the Botany area of South Sydney in the 1950s, through his senior club years in the 1960s and 1970s, and national representative career as a Socceroo from 1965 to 1974. The collection also details Warren's later work as a soccer coach and administrator, journalist and television commentator, and incorporates files and publications related to his work as a government advisor and advocate for the sport.

    Warren was Australia's most famous soccer player who tirelessly championed a sport regarded as a minor footballing code in this country. An attacking midfielder of great speed and skill, he played in the NSW State League and was chosen to represent Australia in 1965. His national representative career stretched over a decade, culminating in his participation in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. After retiring as a player, Warren worked as a coach, administrator, journalist and television commentator promoting the sport he loved. He became the face of Australian soccer, championing the sport for many years through a long and cherished partnership with his colleague and friend Les Murray on SBS Television.

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

    Painting depicts a central circle and twelve black egg-like objects
    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).
  • Paul Bridges collection(1)

    British MkIII Pattern 1944 military steel helmet painted with the Trotskyist slogan 'OUT NOW', adopted to protest the Vietnam War
  • Reverend John Grosse collection(71)

    Ginger Megs
    The Beatles: Away with Words
    Nib pen
    Fountain pen