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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Charles Sturt Discovered Darling River 1828  Explored Murray R 1829  [Ex]pedition into Central Australia 1844
    Sydney Government House
    A man walking towards the J.T. Collett Family Butcher and Baker
    General view, Byron Bay
  • Papunya Art 2008 collection(15)

    Pencil drawing in Papunya style by unknown Pintupi artist, 1971
    Pencil and watercolour on paper in Papunya style by unknown Pintupi artist, 1971
    Pencil drawing in Papunya style by unknown Pintupi artist, 1971
    Pencil drawing in Papunya style by unknown Pintupi artist, 1971

    The Papunya Art 2008 Collection consists of fifteen artworks, comprising eleven untitled watercolours and drawings on paper produced by Pintupi artists in 1971, 'Goanna Corroboree at Mirkantji' painted on plywood by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa in 1971, 'Snake Dreaming for Children' painted on particle board by Uta Uta Tjangala in 1971, an untitled work painted on wooden board by Anatjari Tjakamarra in 1972, and an untitled work on linen by Uta Uta Tjangala painted in 1986. It also includes some supporting documentation held in the Archive collection.

    The works in this collection are all significant Indigenous works, representing different stages and some of the major artists involved in the development of the Western Desert art movement at Papunya, which has become internationally renowned as the origin of the contemporary Aboriginal acrylic painting industry. The fourteen works from 1971 and 1972 represent the very earliest phase of the movement at Papunya. The eleven watercolours and drawings on paper , three attributed to Uta Uta Tjangala, represent a formative moment in this movement when artists began experimenting with different media.The sketching of designs on paper took place prior to the production of acrylic paintings. Although the designs themselves had been produced traditionally by the artists as body decoration, ground and cave paintings, when Papunya school teacher Geoffrey Bardon supplied the Pintupi men with paper, watercolour and pencil, this was the first time their designs had been applied to a non-traditional surface. Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, Uta Uta Tjangala and Anatjari Tjakamarra were all important artists who contributed to the birth and subsequent development of the Papunya painting movement. The three paintings on boards in this collection, done during 1971 and 1972, therefore enhance the Museum's holdings of significant works from this early period. The 1986 Uta Uta Tjangala painting is also a significant addition to the NMA's growing holdings of this important artist. Overall, the items in this collection are significant in expanding the chronological sweep of the NMA's holdings of Papunya related material, beyond its current strengths in the 1974-1981 period.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Lipoma on right shoulder of a man called Raueruka, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Boab tree, near Derby, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Youth on raft, Worora people, George Water, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Balami and his wife Indamun, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Birds by Jimmy Namiridali Nonganyari, Croker Island, 1965
    Bark painting depicting six crabs by Tom Djawa, Milingimbi, 1965
    Bark painting 'Djiegung, the Galpu python' by Mithinarri Gurruwiwi, Yirrkala, 1966
    Dhuwa Ngarra  ceremonies.
  • ET Fealy collection(303)

    Letter that deals with the sale of the Fealy business to Fielder's Bakery, 1968
    Breadcarters (Northumberland) (Variation), 21 May 1947, details award wage regulations
    Bread carter's book, a 1967 calendar printed on a card from David George Pty Ltd, three lottery tickets, a letter regarding a bread order, three invoices and two notes
  • J Wyszogrodzki collection no. 1(25)

    Sheet of lined paper with 'Mc' printed in red and a speech written in pencil
    Pencil sketch of crossed flags and emblems and a drawn table of numbers
    Sheet of paper with a speech by the Captain of the M.V. 'Fair Sea' written in pencil on one side
    Envelope containing handwritten letter addressed to J Wyszogrodzki from Archbishop Mannix 1951
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Ceramic wall tile of Alipurra (Pelican) by Eddie Puruntatameri, Bathurst Island, 1978
    'Tingarri men and Initiates at Marabindinya [Marrapintinya]', painted by Anatjari No 1 Tjampitjimpa, 1980
    'Mala and the bad uncles at Tjikarri (II)', painted by Johnny Warangula Tjupurrula, 1976
    Bark painting 'Animal pieces, two dogs, two grubs' by Bardayal Nadjamerrek, Gunbalanya, 1974
  • Barry Williams collection(60)

    Scout's National Service badge certificate
    Scout's Friend to Animals badge certificate
    Scout's Basketworker badge certificate
    Scout's Oarsman badge certificate

    The Barry Williams collection comprises 53 items of 1940s scout memorabilia, including awards and items of uniform from the Surry Hills scout troop, Sydney. Awards such as badges, cords, shoulder tabs and dated certificates are a complete material record of the donor's progress from scout to king's scout. The collection contains the full range of awards available to scouts in the 1940s, except for two awards.

    This collection records a scouting experience that is typically Australian. The 1940s marks a stage of great popularity for the Scouting movement when they were a very visible presence in Australia. The Surry Hills scout troop was disbanded in the 1990s, the demise of the group was probably caused by the changing demographic and social values, of the people living in Surry Hills. This collection is a record of a past urban scouting experience in Australia. It is also evocative of some of the social changes that have taken place in Australia, that have contributed to the decrease in popularity, of the scouting movement.