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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Addition drives me mad
    Crowd gathered in a Broken Hill street, outside the Australian Club Hotel.
    A river with a letter
    The Gardens, Ballarat
  • Social History Museums (South Australia) collection(172)

    Souvenir badge that commemorates the first flight from England to Australia by Ross and Keith Smith in 1919
    Anzac Day - Lest We forget Gallipoli, 25 April, 1915
    Australia Day 1917, Their Sacrifice is Worth Your Sacrifice - for Soldiers, Sailors and Nurses
    War Orphans Appeal, Lest We forget, Legacy Club
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Entrance to Wangalinnya caves, Limestone caves in the Napier Range, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Film negative - Morning reflections on a billabong off the Wilton River, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Glass plate negative - The McAuley family, Karrathunka Waterhole, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Lantern slide - Group of Aboriginal people, Cape Dombey, north of Port Keats, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905
  • Dr Karel Kupka collection(71)

    Bark painting titled Salmons and Turtles Fishing by Lipundja, Milingimbi, Northern Territory
    Bark painting 'Six Mimi Spirits (four males and two females) walking' by Jimmy Namiridali Nonganyari, Croker Island, 1963
    Bark painting 'Fight between Crocodile-man and Stingray-man' by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1963
    Bark painting 'Two Mimi Spirits (males) dancing' by Paddy Compass Namatbara, Croker Island, 1963
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token engraved with the name Mary Jones, 1848
    Convict love token from Henry King, 1831
    Convict love token from Thomas Burbury, 1832
    Convict love token from J. Walden, 1832

    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.

  • Robert and Irene Goard collection(43)

    Circular metal film canister used by Frank Hurley
    Stereographic viewer
    Camera lens
    Half plate field camera

    The Robert and Irene Goard collection comprises cameras and other photographic equipment owned and used by prominent Australian photographers and businessmen Charles Kerry, George Rose and Frank Hurley and amateur photographer and engineer Ernest Macartney de Burgh. The collection includes a dry whole plate field camera and a wet plate sliding box camera used by Kerry, a Lizars Challenge stereo camera owned by George Rose and a 35mm Debrie Parvo cine-camera acquired by Frank Hurley for the 1929-30 British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expeditions. It also includes a Sanderson folding plate camera awarded to de Burgh by the Institute of Engineers to recognise his securing the prestigious Telford Premium award in 1903-04.

    From the 1880s to the 1920s, professional Australian photographers such as Kerry, Rose and Hurley created an extensive record of urban and rural life in eastern Australia and developed highly successful businesses producing and selling portraits, landscape views and news and event photographs as prints, postcards and stereocards. These photographers also exhibited overseas and imported views of the world, including, for Hurley, of Antarctica, for Australian consumption. Through these practices, photographers such as Kerry, Rose and Hurley shaped both Australians' understanding of and interest in their own social and natural environments and Australians' perception of their place in the world.

  • Lorelle Moore collection(11)

    Diary of a boat trip from Melbourne to Japan via Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Cairns, Thursday Island, Hong Kong, Canton and Shanghai in 1935
    Lorelle Sample's domestic science notebook from University of Melbourne
    Diary of Lorelle Sample, Australia - Japan, 1935

    Book titled 'Japan Today and Tomorrow 1934 The Osaka Mainichi'

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 6(9)

    Don't Falter, Go and meet the Hun menace
    Australia - Land of Tomorrow
    See the better farming train
    You love them - Fight for them!

    This collection consists of 10 excellent examples of Australian advertising posters. Artists represented include Percy Tromf, James Northfield, Norman Lindsay and May Gibbs . The majority of the posters were produced as lithographs.

    The poster as a form of advertising was popular in Australian throughout the twentieth century, particularly before the age of radio and television. The posters in this particular collection document a number of different types of advertising campaigns including war time recruitment, public health and safety, product endorsement and railway travel.