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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A Guarded Queen
    Campbell Arcade, Melbourne, Vic. Subway from Flinders Street Railway Station to Delgraves Street
    1914-1918 War Memorial, Vansittart park, Mt Gambier, SA
    At the Shaft
  • Mary Munckton and Ian Metherall collection(2)

    Vehicle compliance plate for 1949 Model 48/215 Holden sedan
    1949 Model 48/215 Holden sedan

    The Mary Monckton Collection comprises the 48-215 Holden sedan delivered to the home of Essignton Lewis (1881-1961) on the eve of 24 February 1949, the day before Holdens were released for sale to the general public. It was used by the Lewis family for a number of years before being sold. Having fallen into disuse it was salvaged by Mary Monckton and restored by students at the Wangaratta College of TAFE in 1987.

    This vehicle is a representation of the key role played by Essington Lewis in the development of 'Australia's Own Car', a reflection of post WWII national aspirations and an icon of 1950s Australian society. It markes the emergence of an Australian automobile industry, contributing significantly to the increasing prosperity of Australians in the post-way years. A Holden was the first car owned by many Australians. They have been celebrated in popular culture, including music film and even pin-ball machines.

  • Jim Pike collection(5)

    Pair of boots used by Jim Pike
    Left boot used by Jim Pike
    Riding crop used by Jim Pike
    Black skull cap

    The Jim Pike collection consists of a pair of riding boots and skull cap used by jockey Jim Pike in the 1930s, and an associated riding whip that may have been used by Pike in his later years training racehorses. Pike rode Phar Lap to victory in the 1930 Melbourne Cup and was a well-known sporting celebrity.

    Horseracing has been an important and widespread part of Australian sporting culture since European settlement of the continent. The premier horserace in Australia is the Melbourne Cup, held continuously at Flemington racecourse since 1861. Arguably the best known winner of this race is Phar Lap who won in 1930. Phar Lap and Jim Pike made a formidable combination with a record of 27 wins out of 30 races on him. Both were sporting celebrities in the Depression years.

  • Keith Goddard collection(252)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point - stone
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
  • Captain Cook Magnifier collection(3)

    Small magnifying glass, given to astronomer William Bayly by Captain James Cook on his third voyage
    Silver presentation case for a magnifying glass
    Silver presentation case containing a small magnifier, which was given to astronomer William Bayly by Captain James Cook on his third voyage

    This collection consists of a magnifier on a tortoiseshell mount housed in a silver case, a surveyor's plane table frame with rule and square protractor, in a boxwood frame with brass hinges measuring 34.2 x 41.1 cm., and a pair of late 18th century embroidered maps of the Eastern and Western hemispheres on silk backed with cotton and showing the tracks of Captain Cook's three Pacific voyages, 34.3 cm in diameter.

    Each of these three objects attests to the significance of Captain James Cook and his voyages in the British, and subsequently the Australian imagination. The magnifier and plane table frame are excellent examples of the passion for Cook relics which begins at the sale before the mast of his effects and continues to the present day. The plane table frame's exhibition in the 1905 London exhibition (documented by a receipt and letter included in the lot) marks its role in the evolving portrayal of Cook as an imperial hero. The magnifier documents the role of William Bayly, assistant to the Astronomer Royal, who sailed on the second and third of Cook's voyages, and visited Australia twice. The embroidered maps are a very personal celebration of Cook, and a reminder of the limited avenues for expressing devotion available to the women who waited at home for their men to return from dangerous voyages.

  • Horne-Bowie collection(720)

    Glass spearhead
    Glass spearhead
    Glass spearhead
  • Songlines - Judy Trigger collection(1)

    Wati Nyiru
  • Turner and Valentine Families collection(177)

    Scientific Expedition to Haymen Island May, 1934
    Colin Turner of Dunoon
    Photograph of John Turner
    Card in memoriam of Barbara Strachan Stool