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  • JC Le Souef collection(203)

    Model wooden club with a large pineapple head
    Model boomerang
    Model club
    Model spear
  • Warakurna Seven Sisters collection(4)

    Kungkarrangkalpa (2013) byTjapartji Bates
    Kungkarrangkalpa (2010) byTjapartji Bates
    Kungkarrangkalpa (Seven Sisters Dreaming) by Eunice Porter, Anna Porter and Nyungawarra Ward, 2016
    Kungkarrangkalpa (2011) by Tjapartji Bates

    This collection comprises four paintings by Warakurna artists. 'Kungkarrangkalpa' (Seven Sisters Dreaming), 2016 is a collaborative painting by Eunice Porter, Anna Porter and Nyungawarra Ward. The other three paintings 'Kungkarrangkalpa' 2010, 2011 and 2013 are by Tjapartji Bates. The paintings visualise the journey of the Seven Sisters through Ngaanyatjarra country around Wanarn and Warakurna in Western Australia.

    The collaborative work 'Kungkarrangkalpa' was created during a bush trip to Karrku outstation, near the important Kungkarrangkalpa' (Seven Sisters Dreaming) site of Mungari. Discussions about the site and the related Seven Sisters story inspired the painting. The three works by senior artist Tjapartji Bates were painted as part of the Wanarn painting program, facilitated by Warakurna Artists at the Wanarn Aged Care Facility. This program is for patients approaching the end of their life and aims to connect Ngaanyatjarra patients with tjukurrpa (dreaming) through painting. 'Kungkarrangkalpa' (2010, 2011, 2013) display a cosmological aesthetic that make reference to the finale of the Seven Sisters story, in which they fly into the night sky creating the Pleiades constellation. The four paintings are significant paintings in both representations of tjukurrpa and distillation of individual painting style and mark making of these significant artists.

  • Professor Peter Spearritt collection no. 2(185)

    Ayers Rock fruit salad
    Our Glorious Queen, Loyal Welcome, Royal Tour 1954
    Welcome to our Royal Visitors 1954
    Royal visit 1954 souvenir flag

    The Professor Peter Spearritt collection No. 2 is divided into four categories; British Royal Family memorabilia, Australian Republic Movement material, T-shirts with Indigenous motifs and anti-logging material. The British Royal Family memorabilia category predominantly relates to Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 tour of Australia. The items were specifically collected by the vendor for the 1993 exhibition entitled Australians and the Monarchy. The Australian Republic Movement material was also featured in this exhibition. The Indigenous motifs T-shirts and the anti-logging material were collected for the 1992 exhibition Lie of the Land. Both exhibitions were jointly created by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Spearritt was the head curator of both exhibitions.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Fire dreaming
    'Opossum Tree  Dreaming', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1968
    Bark painting depicting six crabs by Tom Djawa, Milingimbi, 1965
    Bark painting depicting Macassan parangs by Mawalan Marika, Yirrkala, 1965
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7550)

    House named
    Postcard with photograph captioned Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Hotel Minerva
    Australian Mutual Providence Society, Dubbo
  • Tooloyn Koortakay collection(35)

    Possum pelt with poker work and ochre designs
    Morrom - woman's wrist ornament
    Reproduction of a possum skin cloak collected in 1872 from Lake Condah
    Meelaywook - woman's upper arm ornament

    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.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(4598)

    Hunting in the mangroves
    Child's drawing
    Child's drawing
    Child's drawing
  • Vane Lindesay collection no. 1(71)

    Biography of cartoonist William Ellis Greens
    Cartoon depicting a boy fishing on the end of a pier
    Cartoon depicting a man building a 'wall' of bottles
    Cartoon depicting a man wearing a business suit and standing under a shower