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  • Ken Ross collection(20)

    1 Mile Country Championship NSW 1926 sash
    Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1930 - 13th place medal
    Paramount Six Day Cycle Race sash
    Goulburn to Sydney 1928 sash

    The Ken Ross collection comprises 11 medals, 9 sashes and 1 racing jersey which belonged to professional cyclist Ken Ross. Ross competed successfully as a road cyclist in New South Wales during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also among the few Australian cyclists competing in Europe after the First World War and was among the first English-speaking sportsmen to enter German after the conflict had ended. The collection includes medals and sashes won in Australia and Europe.

    The bicycle has played an important role in Australian life since the 1880s, both as a sport and as a means of transportation. Cycle racing was immediately popular with clubs forming in every state by the 1890s. The period after the First World War saw a great revival of competitive cycling and local and interstate competitions drew large crowds and full newspaper coverage. The few Australian cyclists who left Australia in the 1920s to compete overseas established a long tradition of professional cyclists who have achieved success at an international level.

  • Gladys Henry collection(10)

    Pigmented, wooden tapstick covered overall with geometric designs
    Club - man's fighting stick
    Animal long bone awl
  • George and Mary Weir collection(11)

    Photograph of George Weir with his young son Charlie, who is sitting on a horse
    Photograph of George Weir, who is pretending to cut a birthday cake with a handsaw
    Carpenter's boxwood and brass folding rule

    Envelope with five photocopies of stock and station information.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Pine trees with hills in the background
    Dr Barnardo's Handbell Ringers and Mr H. Aaron (instructor) now with Rev. W J. MAYERS in Australia
    Postcard depicting Lily Brayton
    The Block, Sydney.  A bit of the Commonwealth
  • Bureau of Mineral Resources collection no. 1(534)

    Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE) Scintillometer, Model 963, Serial Number 173
    Falconer No 4916 chronometer
    Sharpe brand Personal Torsion Magnetometer, Serial Number 142
    Toepfer mirror galvanometer
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Painting depicts rainbows seen during the N-W monsoon, & the storm spirit Djambuwal
    Bark painting 'Stingray dance performed in the Yirritja Narra Ceremonies' by Birrikidji Gumana, Tirrkala, 1966
    Bark painting depicting six crabs by Tom Djawa, Milingimbi, 1965
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Bark painting of birds, fish and snakes
    Emu egg
    Bark painting by Roy Dadaynga Marika.
    Wooden bangle painted with a colourful design

    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.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Expedition caravan crossing sandy desert, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Group Aboriginal children and women, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
    Lantern slide - Pitjantjatjara man, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920-1924
    Glass plate negative - Women carrying wood supply. Alice Springs, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923