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  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Letter from DeHavilland Aircraft Co Ltd to Mons F. Dufaux, 11 March 1936
    Pink copy of Aeronautical Parts Certificate from Hants & Sussex Aviation Ltd
    Letter from Percival Aircraft Co. to Mons. F. Dufaux
    Packing Note from Hants & Sussex Aviation Ltd.

    The Neil Jensen collection consists of a Percival Gull Six aircraft, G-AERD, and associated archive. Made by the Percival Aircraft Company at Gravesend in Kent, England, in 1936, this aircraft was first purchased by Ariane Dufaux of Switzerland and registered as HB-OFU. After passing through several owners in Switzerland, the aircraft was sold to a collector and restored by Cliff Lovell in England where it was featured on the air show circuit and registered as G-AERD. Neil Jensen purchased G-AERD in 1983, and while it was based in Redhill, Surrey it was awarded the Percival Trophy by the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group.

    Born in Albury, New South Wales, in 1897, Edgar Wikner Percival served in Europe and Egypt with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Returning to Australia after the war, Percival operated a commercial aviation business while pursuing opportunities to design and manufacture new types of aircraft. In 1929, he travelled to England to work as a test pilot for the Bristol Aircraft Company, and in 1930 designed and manufactured the first low-wing cantilever monoplanes in the British Commonwealth. Percival formed the Percival Aircraft Company in 1932 and named the new aircraft series 'Gull'. Characterised by their graceful lines, the Gulls had light wooden frames covered with doped (lacquered) fabric and powerful four or six cylinder engines. PercivalÂ?s Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, with Percival designing racing versions named 'Mew Gulls', which won acclaim in the Kings Cup Air Race.

  • Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1(203)

    Goanna sculpture
    Lizard sculpture
    Goanna sculpture
    Mouse sculpture
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Mudie's Library
    Windsor House Boat
    Suspension Bridge, Nth Sydney
    Double Bay and Darling Point
  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Three black and white postcards with envelope from Joan Richmond - England
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Baghdad
    Sheet of paper relating to Joan Richmond
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Italy

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Second Prize awarded for 'Round Rose Tablecloth' at Mount Larcom & District Agricultural Society 21st Annual Show
    Certificate awarded for first prize at the Coonamble Pastoral and Agricultural Association 80th Annual Exhibition  for a knitted poppy tea cosy
    Certificate awarded at the Nhill Agricultural and Pastoral Society Annual Show, 1969 for first prize for a painted table centre
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Diary of Edgar Richard Mayne, containing details of the Australian Cricket Team tour to England and South Africa, 1921
    Norwood Cricket Club A grade Premiers, 1913-14 team
    Dinner menu from R.M.S. Niagara with the autographs of the 1913 Australian Cricket team
    A.A. Lilley from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
  • Vic Armbruster collection(4)

    Australian rugby league jersey
    New South Wales Rugby League football cap, 1922
    Queensland Rugby League cap, 1924
    Australian rugby league cap, 1924

    The Vic Armbruster collection comprises a 1922 NSW Rugby league cap, a 1924 Queensland Rugby League cap, a 1924 Australian cap and a Kangaroos jersey, dating from 1929-30.

    Louis Victor Armbruster, known throughout his career as "Vic", played Rugby League for both NSW and QLD, and was a member of the legendary Toowoomba Clydesdales, as well as representing Australia internationally. His career is illustrated by the collection material. Caps were issued to rugby league players as part of their off-field uniform, and were worn on official occasions. The cap was a legacy of an established tradition in rugby union, and was only given to players of representative sides. They featured as a prominent part of representative football uniform up until the late 1930s. The three Vic Armbruster caps are illustrative of the caps issued to members of representative rugby league teams throughout the 1920s. Jerseys are the most recognisable item of Rugby League memorabilia, being part of the universal uniform of football, though for all this they are quite rare, having by their very nature been subjected to much wear and tear. They also serve as a valuable tool for tracking the evolution of the game in terms of styles and team colours. The Kangaroos jersey among the Armbruster material dates from 1929, and represents the very first incarnation of the Kangaroos jersey, which has continued to be used with little alteration since then.

  • Everitt and George Family collection(911)

    The Toy Theatre
    Photographic print depicting Mr George with a toy theatre
    Toy Theatre Drury Lane 19th Century
    Toy theatre play booklet, scenery and figures for 'The Sleeping Beauty'

    The Everitt and George Family collection consists of over 800 objects including a Toy Theatre with a 'Redington' proscenium and a second back stage, play booklets and associated scenery, photographs of the Toy Theatre, and documents and working notes related to the collection. The collection is in good condition.

    The Toy Theatre was invented in England around 1811, reflecting the popularity of pantomimes and plays performed in the leading theatres around London in the same period. They soon became a favourite pastime for teenage boys and adult collectors alike, with a long list of publishers producing a wealth of material. B Pollock was one of the most famous of these publishers and the earliest pieces in this collection have been attributed to Pollock. Though this was largely an English tradition the collection reflects the first owner Edward Everitt's heritage, who migrated to Australia in the 19th century bringing parts of the Toy Theatre with him.