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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Pitt Street, from Herald Corner
    Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter
    Smith O'Brien's Cottage Port Arthur, Tasmania
  • Tooloyn Koortakay collection(28)

    Meelaywook - woman's upper arm belt
    Coloured pastel drawing representing the markings on the underside of an old possum skin cloak
    Long necked turtle basket,

    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.

  • 1992 Torres Strait Islands Cultural Festival collection(28)

    Fishing spear made by Wilfred Aniba
    Fishing spear made by Wilfred Aniba
    Headdress decorated with shells and feathers, made by Audi Gibuma of Boigu Island
    Plastic bead necklace
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    American and NSW women swimmers at Toowoomba, Queensland, 1911
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer John Weissmuller, 1921
    American and NSW women swimmers at Toowoomba, Queensland, 1911
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Dorothy Burns
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Circumferentor surveying instrument
    Envelope addressed to
    Vertically-aligned rectangular brown medal presentation case with gold border around the edge of the lid
    Pencil sketch depicting a milk maid

    The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

    Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

  • Daisy Bates and Herbert Browne collection(12)

    Symmetrical red-brown boomerang
    Boomerang with red pigment
    Asymmetrical brown boomerang
    Symmetrical brown boomerang

    The Daisy Bates - Herbert Browne collection consists of twelve Indigenous objects which belonged to Herbert Browne. Browne acquired a collection of objects from Daisy Bates while she was living at Ooldea in the 1920s and 1930s. The collection is comprised of eight boomerangs, two spearthrowers, a shield with a painted and incised design and an adze with a stone flake mounted in resin. Four of the boomerangs are small and light, typical of so-called 'returning' boomerangs, the other four are larger and heavier, typical of the hunting and fighting boomerangs of inland regions. One of the spearthrowers is plain, the other incised and has pigment staining consistent with use as a palette.

    Daisy Bates and her relationship with Aboriginal people in Western Australia and at Ooldea are an important part of Australia's history of settler-Indigenous relations during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. These objects are significant for their link to the story of Bates and her sojourn in Ooldea. Their links to Herbert Browne also make them significant for understanding the history of the theatre in Australia during the early twentieth century, and the way in which theatre moved around the country. These objects are also significant for demonstrating the economics of material culture and artefact manufacture at Ooldea and the early development of Aboriginal arts and tourism industries in Australia.

  • Hazel Hooton and Elizabeth Gibson collection(34)

    Card with inscribed message
    Telegram from Alice Smith Caulfield Hospital

    Cotton bag

    Card with gold printing

  • Viscount Elibank collection(1)

    Cylindrical carved wooden drum collected in the Bamu River district of British New Guinea in 1901