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  • North Head Quarantine Station collection(131)

    Photograph of group of men inside and around a tent
    Foetal stethoscope used at North Head Quarantine Station
    Round copper plaque
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from W. Taylor, 1834
    Convict love token from P. Saunders, 1835
    Convict love token from John Hare, 1827
    Convict love token from Thomas Smith, 1844

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

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

    Wood carving - female human figure
    Armband from Milingimbi, N.T.Used in Narva ceremony, 'Yiritja', Cape Stewart.
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Hotel Imperial.  Darlinghurst Rd. Kings Cross
    Periwinkle painting the Petals
    St Thomas's, Enfield
    May your New Year be a Happy One Loving greetings now are spoken, ..
  • Turner and Valentine Families collection(177)

    Australian Pictorial Diary for 1967, containing details of daily personal and school events
    Card in memoriam of Barbara Strachan Stool
    Photograph of Mary Turner and Ian Brown at Isla Villa, Dunoon
    Exercise book containing handwritten compositions
  • Charles Hart collection(489)

    Mourning disc
    Bent bark armband from Melville or Bathurst Island
    Mourning disc
  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1952-1956
    Blue hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1974
    Album and scrapbook containing photographs and ephemera from Japan, 1971
    FIFA Centennial Order of Merit medal

    The John 'Johnny' Warren Collection includes an extensive range of materials detailing his days playing for junior teams in the Botany area of South Sydney in the 1950s, through his senior club years in the 1960s and 1970s, and national representative career as a Socceroo from 1965 to 1974. The collection also details Warren's later work as a soccer coach and administrator, journalist and television commentator, and incorporates files and publications related to his work as a government advisor and advocate for the sport.

    Warren was Australia's most famous soccer player who tirelessly championed a sport regarded as a minor footballing code in this country. An attacking midfielder of great speed and skill, he played in the NSW State League and was chosen to represent Australia in 1965. His national representative career stretched over a decade, culminating in his participation in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. After retiring as a player, Warren worked as a coach, administrator, journalist and television commentator promoting the sport he loved. He became the face of Australian soccer, championing the sport for many years through a long and cherished partnership with his colleague and friend Les Murray on SBS Television.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    A Mopadrrunga, Spirit of the Dead, on Bark: A  Mopaditti.  Inv:
    Painting depicts an abstract design that recalls the facial decoration for an ancient Pukamini ritual
    Painting depicting a stingray in X-Ray style taken from a hut
    Bark painting ' 'Cursing the Lovers' A painting of retribution' by Paddy Compass Namatbara