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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Bulli Lookout, Sth Coast, NSW
    Man and woman being pulled through water by a boat.
    Newspaper Vouchers - Final Notice
    View from Chisholm's Hill, Bowral
  • Emanuel Family collection(121)

    Emanuel Family photograph album of Go Go Station, about 1963-1967
    Silver medallion presented to S Emanuel to commemorate the visit of HRH Prince Alfred in 1868
    Silver medallion fom Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia presented to S Emanuel in 1905
    Silver medallion of Agricultural Society of NSW presented to S Emanuel in 1879
  • Charles Hart collection(489)

    Mourning disc
    Bent bark armband from Melville or Bathurst Island
    Model of bark canoe from Melville or Bathurst Island
  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Canning Stock Route' by Mervyn Street, 2008
    'Martilirri, Kalpaa and Kartaru' by Ngamaru Bidu, 2008
    'Ngurti' by Mayapu Elsie Thomas, 2007
    'Lawalawa' by Ngarralja Tommy May, 2007

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

  • Olive Pink collection(18)

    Head ornament
    Head ornament
    Pigmented oval shield
    hand made pick
  • Inada Holdings 06/07/1984 collection(4)

    Bark painting 'Ngalkunburriyaymi, The Female Rainbow Serpent' by Bardayal Nadjamerrek, Gunbalanya, about 1989
    Nadulmi, Kangaroo of the Ubar Ceremony by Lofty Nabadayal, Oenpelli, Northern Territory
    Bark container, Pukami basket - made by Ada Pilakui
    'Mimi and Namorodo spirits' - by Bobby Nganjmirra Barrdjaray, from Oenpelli, NT
  • Guna Kinne collection no. 1(7)

    Latvian natural-coloured linen waistcoat with black embroidery
    Latvian white, red and grey costume blouse
    Latvian silver-coloured metal brooch with amber coloured bead
    Latvian black silk bonnet

    The Guna Kinne Collection no 1 comprises objects which make up a Latvian womanÂ?s national costume including blouse, waistcoat, skirt, headdress, bonnet and brooches. Guna Kinne made the outfit over a period of 30 years, starting work on it as a sewing project while a schoolgirl in Riga in 1942, completing the jacket as she fled Latvia at the end of the Second World War, final touches were made to the costume after she migrated to Australia. As she fled her homeland, she took the unfinished costume with her, together with some clothes and photographs. She later wore the costume at a dance in a displaced persons camp in Germany, the day she met her future husband.

    Mrs Kinne's experiences are representative of post-war Latvian migration to Australia. After World War Two, the Australian Government adopted a new immigration policy which encouraged European emigration to Australia to boost a low population. By 1952 almost 20,000 Latvians had come to Australia as part of the program. Many, including Mrs Kinne, participated in Latvian community organisations formed to help maintain cultural activities and provide mutual social support as emigrants adapted to life in their new country. Mrs Kinne and her husband Arturs arrived in 1948 and settled in Maffra, Wangaratta and then Melbourne in Victoria. Mr Kinne attempted to make a living through his wood carving and used his skills in dairy production while Mrs Kinne continued her artistic skills through colouring photos as paid employment and painting as a hobby.

  • E Milne collection(652)

    Aboriginal breastplate for Tommy, Constable Wellington
    Top grinding stone [stone implement]
    Top grinding stone [stone implement]
    Aboriginal breastplate for Charley York, Chief of Bullangamang