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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Rose Bay, from Steel Pt., Sydney
    Flavelles Queensland Gems
    Boys on the lime topped rocks
    General view, Tenterfield, NSW
  • Emanuel Family collection(121)

    Emanuel Brothers stamp
    Emanuel Family photograph album of Go Go Station, about 1963-1967
    Emanuel Brothers stock book June 1951 - October 1965
    Map of the West Kimberley fitted into a timber pelmet
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Unidentified bird
    South East Wind and a Canoe
    Weapon - Spear
    Weapon - Spear
  • Royal Australian Historical Society collection no. 1(4)

    Thoroughbrace Coach used by the Nowland family, with accessories, trunk, spanner and jack
    Landau known as 'The Ranken Coach'
    Travelling trunk associated with the Cobb & Co Concord Coach used by the Nowland family

    Information from the curator Elizabeth Bay House relating to the Ranken Coach.

    The 'Royal Australian Historical Society collection no. 1' consists of a Cobb & Company (?) 'Concord' coach (including swingle trees, travelling trunk and supporting archival documents) which was used to transport mail and passengers across the Liverpool plains during the 1880s. This collection also includes an early nineteenth-century landau known as the 'Ranken Coach', which was first owned by George Ranken, a prosperous Scot who settled in Bathurst during the 1820s. It is believed to be one of the oldest surviving horsedrawn vehicles in Australia.

    This collection demonstrates the important role horse-drawn vehicles played in Australia's transport and communications history. As representative of both prestigious vehicles used for recreation and as a reflection of status as well as the vital role played by coaches in establishing communication systems across the country, these rare examples offer significant research potential in an examination of nineteenth-century transport, engineering and society.

  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    Scrapbook with a green hardcover containing newspaper clippings, telegrams and some photographs from 1915-1958 documenting the motoring life of Jack Burton
    Vauxhall car parked outside a shed
    GRANVILLE SHOW, blue felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text
    Black velvet horse riding helmet

    The collection consists of documents, photographs, scrapbooks, clothing and other memorabilia from the careers and personal lives of Emma (Emilie) Roach, a well-known and successful equestrian, and her husband John (Jack) Burton, who made several record-breaking drives in motor vehicles across Australia during the 1910s and 1920s.

    Born in Narrandera, New South Wales, in 1898, Roach began equestrian competition at the age of 10, and continued through most levels and types of competition, remaining an unpaid amatuer, until her retirement in 1955. Her main competitions and successes were in the show-ring. After Burton and Roach married in 1925, they lived in Sydney for many years and travelled from there to agricultural shows in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland where Roach would compete and Burton worked in motor vehicle sales and writing articles for motoring magazines.

  • People's Paraphernalia collection no. 2(1)

    Booklet produced by the Australian Labor Party for the 1949 election campaign
  • Wal Hick collection(20)

    Protestant Alliance Friendly Society certificate noting membership of 52 years for Herbert Hick
    United Grand Lodge of New South Wales (UGLNSW) Clearance Certificate, Lodge Ibis No 361 for Herbert Walter Murri Hick
    Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Syllabus 1945-46
    United Grand Lodge of New South Wales (UGLNSW) Constitution, 1956

    The Wal Hicks Collection includes three Protestant Alliance Friendly Society collars, an Independent Order of Odd Fellows collar and long-service jewel plus supporting documentation. These items of regalia were worn by Ernest Wilkinson, his son-in-law Herbert Hick and, his grandson Wal Hick, at various times. Ernest was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Narrandera from about 1911 to at least 1939, whilst the Hicks, father and son, were members of Protestant Alliance Friendly Society Lodge 194 (Griffith) from the 1930s to 1965/66 and 1957 to 1962, respectively.

    The first Australian friendly societies ~ essentially mutual benefit societies ~ were established in the 1830s. By the end of the 19th century they were an important part of Australian social life with their total expenditure on charity works being greater than that of all colonial governments and voluntary organisations. Their objective was to create a measure of financial security for working people, particularly in times of illness or the death of a family member. These benefits were provided at a time before governments provided such support. The fraternal side of their activity effectively ended with the compulsory Medibank scheme, introduced in 1975. Some disappeared altogether whilst others moved into new areas of financial activity.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Bark painting 'The Sacred Law-Givers for the Yirritja People of North East Arnhem Land' by Birrikidji Gumana, Gangan
    Kangaroo and Joey  with Saratoga Fish.
    Milikapiti (Snake Bay) at Kulama Time.