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  • Dr Karel Kupka collection(71)

    Bark painting 'Two Mimi Spirits (males) dancing' by Paddy Compass Namatbara, Croker Island, 1963
    Bark painting 'Map of painter's travell [sic] by plane from Yirrkala to Sydney' by Mawalan Marika, Yirrkala, 1963
    Bark painting titled Snakes and Lizards by Mithinarri Gurruwiwi, Yirrkala, 1963
    Bark painting 'Three Mimi men, spirits of rocks, and turtle' by Yirawala, Croker Island, 1963
  • William Dargie portrait of Queen Elizabeth II collection(1)

    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second 1954 by William Dargie

    This portrait of 'Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second 1954' by prominent Australian artist Sir William Dargie depicts the youthful Queen Elizabeth II seated and wearing a yellow-gold evening dress against a greenish background. It is executed in oil on canvas measuring 101.6 x 76.2cm and presented in a simple wooden frame. Dargie's signature and information relating to the portrait's provenance are inscribed on the reverse.

    This acquisition has provided an opportunity to examine the enduring relationship between the Australian public and the monarchy since 1954. A contemporaneous replica copy of an original painted in commemoration of the Royal Tour of Australia in 1954, this portrait is unique both in terms of its unusual provenance and its association with several high profile Australian monarchists. Regardless of the ongoing republican debate, it remains one of the most treasured examples of 20th century Australian portraiture and a representation of the beginnings of the changeable relationship between the Australian public and the young Queen.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    For King and Country
    Machinery in a factory environment, including a large hanging tub with two men standing next to it.
    The Cedars, Rev. Samuel Marsden's Old Home, Parramatta, N.S.W
    Wooden bridge under construction
  • Michael Cook collection(10)

    Undiscovered #3, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #7, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #8, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #9, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Henry Marson, 1828
    Convict love token from John Waine, 1832
    Convict love token from John Hare, 1827
    Convict love token engraved to Ann Cartwright, 1838

    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.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Gagarrar, Menyaba and Wuluwulg - a Bremer Island story
    Water Lily Lagoon
    Wooden decorated carving of a snake by Nangunyarri I
    Saltwater  dreaming of the Warramiri People (Bark: Sealife  Dances. Inv:
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Painting depicts two fish opposing each other
    Painting depcits a kangaroo in the X-ray
    'Tingarri men and Initiates at Marabindinya [Marrapintinya]', painted by Anatjari No 1 Tjampitjimpa, 1980
  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Marapinti' by Josephine Nangala, 2008
    'Kunawarritji and Kinyu' by Eubena Nampitjin, 2007
    Fibre basket by Rosie Williams, 2008
    'Ngapawarla Jila' by Nyuju Stumpy Brown, 2007

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..