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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    A Sheep Drover
    Upper Mary St., Gympie, Queensland
    Postcard titled 'I'm still at the same old game' by May Gibbs
    Row of three attached houses (Sydney?)
  • Warakurna History Paintings collection(33)

    Giles Weather Station by Dorcas Tinnimay Bennett
    Warburton Mission: Leaving Time by Judith Yinyika Chambers
    Going Home by Eunice Yunurupa Porter
    Making the Cut Line with Len Beadell by Jean Burke

    This collection consists of thirty-three paintings produced by Warakurna Artists for a collaborative commercial exhibition with the Outstation Gallery in Darwin. The exhibition, 'History Paintings - All the Stories got into our minds and eyes', opened in May 2011.

    The collection is significant as a broad and comprehensive body of work that presents a series of (related) Aboriginal perspectives on events in Australian history, some of which fundamentally challenge other accounts in the historical record. The collection documents the historical perspective of Ngaanyatjarra people who currently reside in the community of Warakurna. Contextualised by more customary mythic narratives, most of the works address historical events and provide an insight into the Aboriginal experience of contact on the colonial frontier. Taken together, from the Seven Sisters Dreaming to football carnivals in Warakurna today, the collection encompasses 100 years (and more) of history in the Ngaanyatjarra lands.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    'Mala and the bad uncles at Tjikarri (II)', painted by Johnny Warangula Tjupurrula, 1976
    'Flying dingoes', painted by Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, 1974
    Painting depicts kangaroo, x-ray style
    Bark painting 'Two Hunters' by John Namerredje Guymala, Gunbalanya, 1974
  • Kevin Hannan collection(9)

    Photograph of Winnie Hannan (nee O'Sullivan) with Lily Molloy on a merry-go-round
    Photograph of Winnie O'Sullivan standing with her hands clasped
    Photograph of Winnie O'Sullivan sitting on a backless stool, c1917
    Photograph of Winnie O'Sullivan standing in front of the bow of a ship

    The Kevin Hannan collection consists of material relating to the grieving of Winnie O'Sullivan over the death of her fiance, Australian champion boxer Les Darcy, in 1917. The collection is supported by 2 postcards and 6 photographs depicting Darcy's ill-fated boxing career in America, and friends and family of Winnie O'Sullivan central to the Darcy story throughout various periods of her life.

    After rising to stardom as a champion boxer during the First World War period, Les Darcy became a political scapegoat of the first conscription referendum in 1916. A young, fit and healthy example of Australian masculinity, Darcy symbolized all males whom the greater public had deemed eligible for service and were shirking their duty of serving their country on the battlefield. Darcy subsequently left Australia to establish a boxing career in America, but died from septicaemia caused by a tooth infection in May 1917 at the age of 21. Although the material speaks something of Darcy's plight, it also reflects the ways in which Australians dealt with death, loss and mourning during the early twentieth century, but more importantly, during the devastating years of the First Word War.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Epitaphs on a Schoolgirl
    Pencil sketch of a building with a tower and a flag at half mast
    Pearl Faithfull as a young girl
    Group of people in front of Kildonan Hotel

    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.

  • Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Yvonne Kopper collection(1)

    Kelp water carrier

    The Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 comprises seventy-seven items representing twenty-four individuals/organisations. The collection features a range of materials including shell necklaces, kelp crafts, woven baskets, carved tools and weapons, postcards, clothing and contemporary artwork. As one of the key aims was to capture a cross section of Tasmanian Aboriginal life and culture in 2003, the items have all been recently made or produced and are in good condition.

    Tasmania is a discrete regional and cultural grouping within Aboriginal Australia, partly because Bass Strait creates a geographical barrier and partly because of the unique cultural characteristics of past and present Tasmanian Aboriginal people. The collection expresses a range of contemporary perspectives in relation to identity, young people, repatriation of human remains, cultural revival, creativity, heritage maintenance and cultural practises such as necklace making, mutton birding and abalone diving. This collection is significant because there are few major collections featuring Tasmanian Aboriginal culture from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More importantly, the collection's cultural value is enhanced by the fact that community members were involved in selecting the themes and content, thus creating a collection representing Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples in their own terms.

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

    Armband - Milingimbi, N.T.
    Mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string
    Unidentified bird
  • Margot Child collection(1215)

    Description of wedding
    Wedding invitation
    Card to accompany cake
    Transcription of Hobart Monument