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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Mosman's Bay, Sydney Harbour
    Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA
    She must suffer to look beautiful
    Dryblowing for gold, day dawn, Murchison, WA
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Travelling through rough sandstone tablelands in the interior of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory,  photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Film negative - Indigenous man shepherding goats and sheep, near Oodnadatta, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Aboriginal rock engravings, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1906
    Film negative - Expedition party on march, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Approved Certificate / Advice Note from British Aerospace re dispatch of spare parts
    Certificate of Airworthiness for aircraft HB-OFU in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1937-1938
    Logbook certificate from Light Plane Services listing inspection and repairs, 6 May 1981
    Receipt from the Swiss Aero Club in German, issued to F. Dafaux

    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.

  • David Westcott collection no. 6(22)

    Second World War Prisoner of War Banknote
    Second World War Prisoner of War Banknote
    Certificate for First Prize awarded to A M Gordon for cut and finish Ladys Costume
    Embroidered silk postcard from World War One

    The Bradman, World War One and agricultural collection (David Westcott) consists of five World War One silk postcards; six 19th century agricultural show prizes; eight "Japanese invasion money" notes from the Netherlands East Indies; one book on Donald Bradman (1948).

    With the separation caused by overseas service during World War One, postcards became an important way to reduce the pain of absence for those at the front and those at home. Silk postcards, initially hand-made in France but later mass produced, were a popular souvenir to send home. The Japanese Government authorised various printings of so-called "invasion money" to equate approximately with each occupied country's pre-war currency. After Japanese forces were defeated, the Allies destroyed all known "invasion money" issues, but many examples were souvenired by servicemen. The agricultural show certificates provide and important link into the agricultural economy of Federation-era Australia (in particularly the Victoria-New South Wales border). The book on Donald Bradman was written by journalist and selector AG Moyes. Moyes was a State selector who helped bring Bradman into top class cricket. He was clearly a great admirer of Bradman, as well as a friend. The book is an example of the development of the Bradman legend at a key moment in "The Don's" career.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Christmas card from Governor General William Slim, 1958
    School report
    Brass drafting instrument
    Depicts a county scene

    The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

    Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    The Serpent, Aitja
    Armband - Milingimbi, N.T.
    Weapon - Spear
    Weapon - Spear
  • Hugh Videion collection(1)

    Installation tool for boot lid hold-open tension spring

    The Hugh Videion collection comprises a small steel tool with a wooden handle used to assemble prototype car bodies. The tool was handmade in the mid 1940s by engineers working in the Experimental Design Workshop at General Motors Holden, Fishermens Bend.

    General Motors Holden has played an important role in the history of Australian motor transport. Prototype No.1 is the only survivor of three test Holden sedans hand-built in 1946 by American and Australian engineers at General Motors' workshop in Detroit. Known as the 'Australian Car', Prototype No. 1 became the definitive model for thousands of Holden vehicles. This collection speaks to the ingenuity of the Australian staff who refined and adapted the American-made prototypes for mass production.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Thomas Wolfe, born August 23, 1766
    Convict love token engraved with the names H. Orum and H. Cutler
    Convict love token from Charles Fry, 1833
    Convict love token engraved with the initials E.M. and B.M.

    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.