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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Hospital, Narrandera
    Botany Heads, Sydney
    Princes Bridge, Melbourne, Vic
    Northern Territory Natives, John Burnett
  • E Milne collection(652)

    Top grinding stone [stone implement]
    Retouched flake [stone implement]
    Aboriginal breastplate for Dicky, King of Clyde Road
    Aboriginal breastplate for Coomee, Last of Her Tribe, Murramarang
  • Diana Boyer collection(137)

    Sketchbook, 'SPRING 05 -SUMMER 06', Diana Boyer
    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'
    'Time Change' p.1

    The Diana Boyer collection comprises artworks, annotated sketches and other recordings of life on 'Bobbara Creek', a rural property in the Binalong district of southern NSW, between 1981 and 2007. There are twenty eight items and groups of items in the collection. All are in good condition.

    This collection records the imaginative and emotional processes by which Diana Boyer, a migrant from Argentina, settled in an Australian place. The artworks, sketchbooks and other items show Diana's engagement with the ecological particularities of the Binalong district, and with significant issues arising from the social and economic dynamics of colonial history and the present. The items record Diana's exploration of a range of topics related to her life and work on 'Bobbara Creek', including Aboriginal dispossession, the representation of rural women, the value of biological diversity, the broader implications of introducing genetically modified canola to Australia, and the possible consequences of global warming for Australian agriculture.

  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Rally car competitor's number plate 93 RALLYE MONTE-CARLO
    Envelope to Mrs. John Richmond
    Nandi Sacred Bull, Banares
    Envelope containing a letter from Joan Richmond to her mother

    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.

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

    Armband - Milingimbi, N.T.
    Malayan-type hollow cylindrical wooden pipe with metal bowl and its surface incised in 'rark' patterning
    The Flight of the Morning Star, work on paper, Yirrkala, 1948
    The final burial (aka A burial ceremony), work on paper, Yirrkla, 1948
  • Christies Auction collection(172)

    Pages 1 to 4 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Pages 37 to 40 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Book titled 'The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay', 1789.
    Black and white lantern slide of a sketch - Troopers
  • Adrian Luck collection no. 1(56)

    Postcard featuring a black and white image of Cairo
    Australian Engineers, Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Greeting card 'France, Christmas 1916'
    Cairo - The Tombs of Mamelouks
    Malta-Maltese Cab (Carrozin)
  • Tooloyn Koortakay collection(28)

    Multi-coloured pastel drawing re-interpreting markings etched into the underside of an old possum skin cloak
    Reproduction of a possum skin cloak collected in 1872 from Lake Condah
    Coloured pastel drawing representing the markings on the underside of an old possum skin cloak

    The Tooloyn Koortakay Collection comprises thirty pieces including a reproduction of the Maiden's Punt Yorta Yorta possum skin cloak collected in 1853, a reproduction of the Lake Condah Gunditjmara possum skin cloak collected in 1872, pastel drawings, lino cuts, etchings, possum skin dance ornaments and a selection of tools for making possum skin cloaks. As the cloaks were well over one hundred years old and slowly deteriorating, Lee Darroch, Treahna Hamm, Vicki Couzens and Debra Couzens undertook the project as a commitment to cultural regeneration.

    Possum skin cloaks are a significant aspect of Aboriginal cultural heritage from Victoria and other parts of southeastern Australia. Prior to 1830 almost every person had his or her own possum skin cloak to wear during winter and use for a mattress or blanket. Cloaks were incised with designs representing clan identity, animals, plants and natural features. As there are only five cloaks from this region known to exist in the world, the Tooloyn Koortakay collection is an important historical record as well as a significant expression of contemporary cultural change and identity.