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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Native Women Camel Drivers, South Aust.
    Sunny Australia - A Bush Home
    Friendship is the link that binds
    Lane Cove Bridge, Sydney
  • Australia Post Historical collection(120)

    New South Wales Postal Service red painted metal pillar box with an arched top
    Rectangular enamelled metal sign
    Poster titled 'The Australian Post Office still pioneers new and dependable methods of communication'
    Poster titled 'It's the speedy airmail that conquers distance and saves time'

    This collection consists of 87 items from the New South Wales historical section of Australia Post. The items range from furnishings that were used for the opening of the Sydney GPO in 1874 to telephones, signs, posters, and postal boxes. The material covers a period of over one hundred years of postal service in Australia.

  • Nettie McColive collection(189)

    Certificate
    Certificate
    Certificate
    Certificate

    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Emanuel Family collection(121)

    Emanuel Brothers stamp
    Black and white photograph of cattle scene associated with Emanuel family
    Emanuel Brothers stock book June 1951 - October 1965
    Photograph album of Derby and station scenes associated with the Emanuel family
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Waterlily and Rock Snake by Doolie Nunggalawi
    Mountain Devil Dreaming
    Painting of a landscape
    Dot painting depicting three cross shapes

    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.

  • Mary Nicholson collection no. 2(19)

    Gorby Goobie
    Murphy's Law
    Cain Sandwich Paste
    Bush Tucker
  • Professor Adolphus Elkin collection(30)

    Painting is divided into a number of panels containing black lizard with fish, 4-toed prints and cross-hatching
    Adze
    Pigmented hatchet with stone head, bifacially flaked with a ground edge
    Painting has vertical band down centre of bark containing macropod prints.
  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Blue hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1974
    Album and scrapbook containing photographs and ephemera from 1960s and 1970s
    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1970-1972
    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.

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