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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A two storey building and street lamp with brick pedestal
    Five children, with trees
    Great Southern Hotel, Eden
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Lucy Freeman
    Black and white photograph of Randwick District Rugby Union Football Club, 1st Grade, 1923
    Autographed photograph of US swimmer Ethelda Bleibtrey, Toowoomba, Queensland
    Black and white photograph of Wally Meagher, Captain of the Waratahs Rugby Union Team, 1928
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(425)

    Glass plate negative - Men catching a horse, Innamincka station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Film negative - Moving horses across the crossing near Victoria River Downs station, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Glass plate negative - Pastor Carl Strehlow in the doorway of the church at Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Women and children coming out of church, Hermannsburg mission, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Mary Nicholson collection no. 2(19)

    Crean Cream
    Murphy's Law
    Gaddafi Gall
    Extract of Stone
  • E Milne collection(652)

    Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy, King of Bolara Maneroo
    Aboriginal breastplate for Neddy, King of Neis Valley
    Aboriginal breastplate for Billy Hippie, King of Minnon
    Aboriginal breastplate for Timothy, Chief of Merricumbene
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Malo-Bomai by Noel Zaro, 1999
    Bark painting of two figures relating to the Maraian ceremony by Billy Yirawala
    Woven fibre pubic cover.
    MABO Treaty

    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.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from T.B.
    Convict love token with the initials E.I., M.I., G.N. and S.O.
    Convict love token from David Odwell, 1836
    Convict love token from J. Dunham, 1835

    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.

  • Australian National Railways Commission collection(39)

    Ceremonial wooden wheelbarrow used at the turning of the first sod at works on railways commenced at Port Augusta, Oodnadatta, Tarcoola and Alice Springs bewteen 1912 and 2001
    Commonwealth Railways oval cast metal plaque
    Commonwealth Railways Gold Life Pass issued to the Hon King O'Malley
    Railways of Australia Gold Life Pass issued to the Hon King O'Malley