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  • Australian Women's Cricket Council collection(80)

    Letter from Margaret Peden to Miss M.G. Wood, 28 October 1930
    Single page paper insert that details the fund raising aims of the cricket match

    Scorecard, North v Australia, Liverpool CC June 19, 21 1937

    Visitors Pass to Sue Summers from the City Borough of Blackpool 1937

  • Igor Zorich collection(32)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point - glass
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
  • Alan Reid collection(21)

    Parliamentary Press Gallery
    Parliamentary Press Gallery pass
    Press pass issued by the Federal Territory Police in 1939
    Pass for press travelling with the Prime Minister
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    The Human Flag
    Ernest Bosch, consulting optician
    Byliss Street, Wagga, NSW
    Sunbaking Bondi Beach N.S.W.
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, First Prize
  • Sir Ninian Stephen collection(1)

    Commemorative poster presented to Sir Ninian Stephens on the occasion of the handing back of Uluru to its traditional owners in 1985

    The Sir Ninian Stephen collection comprises a framed print commemorating the
    handover/leaseback of Uluru to traditional land owners. On 26 October 1985, Governor-General Sir Ninian Stephen handed the title deeds of Uluru to the traditional owners, of Uluru - Kata Tjuta Land Trust. The owners presented the framed print to Sir Ninian on this historic occasion.

    This framed print has highly significant cultural as well as historic value. For the Anangu people Uluru is their traditional homeland and the journeys of creator beings are recorded in the landscape of this region[1]. The traditional owners won a land claim in 1979, but were not given inalienable freehold title to the park until amendments were made to both the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act 1976 and the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act in 1985[2]. The print reflects a landmark event in the history of the struggle for Indigenous land rights and in Federal Government policy. Uluru, a national and international tourist destination since the 1940's[3] is also significant for non-Indigenous Australians. Uluru has been jointly managed by the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Land Trust and Parks Australia since the handover in 1985.

    1. The Anangu people's relationship to their land is described in the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park website
    2. The Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia Volume 2 M-Z, Aboriginal Studies Press, 1994, p.1113.
    3. ibid., p.1113.

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

    The Milky Way
    Bark painting divided into square and rectangular panels and depicting a rectangular figure with two triangular prongs on the top
    The Scorpion (constellation), Yirrkala, 1948
  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Handwritten letter from Joan Richmond - London
    Envelope to Mrs John Richmond
    Car driving goggles and tin relating to Joan Richmond
    Letter with envelope from Joan Richmond - India

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.