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  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(425)

    Film negative - Different ways of wearing the hair, Petermann Ranges, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Glass plate negative - Woman carrying pet possum on her head while on the march, Pongaponga people, western Arnhem land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Glass plate negative of 17 Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, spears against trellis fence with board bearing a wooden tape measure, photographed by Herbert Basedow, between 1911 and 1914
    Lantern slide - Group of Aboriginal people, Cape Dombey, north of Port Keats, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Scene in the Zoo, Sydney
    Grafton, Prince St. West side, between, Pound and Fitzroy Sts
    Gordon & Gotch (Australiasia) Ltd
    Fijian war dance, Vanua Levu
  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Invitation to meet Hon. Nelson T. Johnson, Envoy extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, Canberra, 1941

    The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

    This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.

  • Maningrida Arts and Crafts 02/09/1974 collection(32)

    Painting depicts the rectangle hollow log used as a gong in the Yabadorowa ceremony
    Painting depicts a fresh water crocodile
    Painting depicts
    Painting depicts the hollow log gongs used in the gong ceremony and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Poster featuring a seated man making fire surrounded by hand made objects
    Signed AFL St Kilda Football Club Jersey
    Eddie Marbo, by C B Robinson.
    Namanjwarra (Estuarine Crocodile) by Curly Bardkadabbu

    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.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Wooden decorated carving, 'Jabiru', from Melville or Bathurst Island
    Bark painting by Tipiloura, 'Bush by Day and by Night' or alternatively 'Cockatoo, turtle and trees, from an old hunting story of Bathurst Island'.
    Bark painting 'Mirarrmina Sacred Well of Liagalawumirr' by Binyinyuwuy
    Bird, fish and stencilled hands - a recapitulation after fifty five years.
  • Ellarose Savage collection no.2(1)

    Linocut of diving helmet titled 'Au Karem ar Araigi le' by Ellarose Savage, 2012

    This collection consists of one lino cut print on paper titled: 'Au Karem Ra Araigi le'. The artist, Ella Rose Savage, is from Erub Island in the eastern cultural grouping of islands in the Torres Strait. The diver's helmet contains elements of the story of her Father's diving career.

    Many Torres Strait Islanders worked in maritime-based commercial activities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,
    This print illustrates the story of the close connection with the waters around their Islands, and the experiences of diving for pearl shell. Ella-Rose composes narratives of industry, harvest and risk in the shape of a diving helmet, a reflection of the thoughts passing through a divers mind as he goes about his job collecting pearl shell, Beche-de-mere or Trochus shell. These helmets, with an air hose attached, were worn over ordinary clothes and were used as regular Â?tools of the tradeÂ? in the Far Northern pearling industry until the 1960s. In the post-contact period pearl shell was widely sought after for buttons. Torres Strait Islanders have a close connection with, and understanding of, the waters around their Islands. Ella-Rose Savage documents her interest in expressing her relationship with the sea and the links between her surroundings, objects and culture. This print documents her Father's experiences as a diver, one of the many who

  • Malvern Star collection(1)

    Malvern Star the Cycle of Opperman

    The Malvern Star collection consists of an original promotional poster for Malvern Star celebrating Australian cyclist Hubert Opperman's ride from Land's End to John O'Groats (U.K) in 1934, during which he broke four cycling world records.

    Sir Hubert Opperman was one of Australia's, and the world's, greatest cyclists of the 1920s and 1930s. He set many paced and unpaced world records, holding at least 100 distance cycling records and four Australian Road Championships. He maintained a close personal and professional business relationship with Bruce Small and the Australian bicycle company Malvern Star which had a significant impact on both his career and the success of the company. Bruce Small's support, advice and management helped propel Opperman's career, and it was the linkage with Opperman that helped Malvern Star grow from a small suburban bicycle shop into one of Australia's largest manufacturing and retailing enterprises. In service to the nation, Opperman, like Phar Lap and Sir Donald Bradman, gave hope to a nation crippled by the Depression, and Malvern Star supported people through surviving the economic downturn, providing a means of low-cost transport and also jobs for its employees. This collection illustrates the link between Opperman and Malvern Star, prompting discussion of the ways in which the man and the company contributed to Australian culture.