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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    No.2 Ward. Dilke Hospital, Nr Cinderford
    Wilmot Straham in his mia mia, Warrnambool, Vic
    Presbyterian Church, Wollongong N.S.W
    A Song of the English
  • Macleay Museum collection(4)

    Wooden box containing phonograph attachments used by anthropologist AP Elkin in 1927
    Phonograph used by anthropologist AP Elkin on his first expedition in 1927 to the Kimberley
    Patrol Box No.1 used by anthropologist Ian Hogbin in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea, 1933-1935
    Circular black metal hat box used by anthropologist Olive Pink

    The Macleay Museum collection comprises four objects associated with Australian anthropologists and their fieldwork expeditions in the first half of the twentieth century. These objects include a painted wooden supply box belonging to Ian Hogbin, circa 1933-1935, black metal hatbox used by Olive Pink (1884-1975) and a 1906 Edison Standard Phonograph recorder and wooden box containing phonograph attachments used by A P (Adolphus Peter) Elkin (1891-1979) in 1927.

    Unconventional Â? often controversial - artist, Aboriginal-rights activist, anthropologist and gardener, Olive Pink lived and worked among the eastern Arrernte of Alice Springs and the Warlpiri of the Tanami region. Olive Pink's extraordinary life was marked by her passionate advocacy for Aboriginal rights, and for her constant scrutiny of the actions of governments, civil servants, missionaries, academics, pastoralists, the courts and police. Shunning traditional anthropological practices, Olive Pink lived with Walpiri people at ThompsonÂ?s Rockhole in the Tanami Desert for several years, before "retiring" to Alice Springs in 1946 where she continued to fight for social justice, autonomy and dignity of Aboriginal people. The arid-zone flora reserve which she established Altjere-Tjukurpa (Dreaming) Reserve , has been renamed the "Olive Pink Botanical Garden" in honour of this remarkable woman. Olive PinkÂ?s hatbox serves to remind us of her exceptional life and her eccentricities, such as the hats she was known always to wear, with long, white, high-collared Edwardian dress and gloves, regardless of heat. Anthropologist, Herbert Ian Priestley Hogbin (1904-1989) conducted a series of field studies in Melanesia in 1933-1934, first in Guadalcanal and Malaita in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, and then in Wogeo in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea. He was appointed to a permanent position in the anthropology department at the University of Sydney in 1936 by its new head A P Elkin, holding the position until his retirement in 1969. According to anthropologist Jeremy Beckett, Ian Hogbin loved the isolation and deprivation which fieldwork in his day had entailed. He is remembered for his pioneering research in the Pacific Islands and his influence on the formative development of anthropology in Australia. Appointed as professor in 1933, Elkin remained in charge of the anthropology department at Sydney University until 1956, during which time he was virtually in total charge of anthropology in Australia. According to biographical notes, the Edison phonograph recorder in this collection had been picked up by Elkin for three pounds at a shop near Central Railway in preparation for his first field trip to the Kimberley in 1927, and was probably transported by donkey wagon during the expedition. The recorder would have been profoundly strange to the remote Aboriginal people whose music he intended to record, but is a reminder of the meticulous observation and recording practices for which Elkin was well known. Elkin later said the recorder had proved unsatisfactory.

  • Staffordshire Figurine collection(3)

    Seated Staffordshire porcelain figurine of Captain James Cook
    Seated Staffordshire porcelain figurine of Protestant Irish nationalist convict William Smith O'Brien
    Standing Staffordshire porcelain figurine of Protestant Irish nationalist convict William Smith O'Brien

    The Staffordshire Figurine Collection comprises three polychrome enamelled ceramic figurines of: Captain Cook seated at a small table; William Smith O'Brien seated and in chains; and O'Brien standing and dressed as a convict. Each figure dates from the late 1840s and shows evidence of minor restoration. The collection is in good condition.

    William Smith O'Brien was an Irish nationalist and politician, and a major figure of the Catholic emancipation movement. His death sentence for treason was commuted to transportation for life to Van Diemen's Land, where he served 4 years before receiving a pardon. Captain Cook's voyages of discovery between 1768 and 1779 laid the groundwork for Britain's expanded Colonial empire and the establishment of settlements in Australia and New Zealand. Cook's maritime and scientific achievements and the popularity of published accounts of his voyages made him a celebrity whose portrait was keenly sought long after his death.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Kaningarra' by Manmarr Daisy Andrews, 2007
    'Ngurti' by George Tuckerbox, 2007
    'Lake Disappointment' by Yanjimi Peter Rowlands, 2008
    Fibre basket by Rosie Williams, 2008

    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..

  • West Australian Totalisator Agency Board collection(1)

    NCR electro-mechanical ticket selling machine, used by the West Australian Totalisator Agency Board
  • Dr Robert C Percival collection(155)

    Leather aviation helmet
    Copy of Freedom of the City of London, dated 28 May 1959
    diagrams of EP 10 aeroplane
    Painting of a plane in flight by Herman R Bollin

    The Dr Robert C Percival collection consists of hundreds of objects recording the career of Edgar W Percival and his aircraft manufacturing companies, between 1897 and 1984. Items include material from Percival's military service in the AIF and RFC from 1915 to 1918; photographs, flying helmet and gloves from his commercial flying activities in Australia during the 1920s; photographs and documents recording his design and manufacturing work with Percival Aircraft Company in England during the 1930s and 1940s; trophies, certificates and medals awarded to Percival; travel documents, photographs and correspondence related to Percival's aircraft design and manufacturing work during the 1950s and 1960s; and documents and audio recordings made by Edgar Percival and his younger brother Robert Percival documenting the achievements and life story of Percival's aviation career.

    Edgar Wikner Percival was born in Albury on 23 February 1897. He was inventive and mechanically minded from an early age, working with his father, William Percival, on their property, Clarendon Park, at Richmond, New South Wales. While Percival studied engineering at Sydney Technical College and was apprentice to a marine engineering firm in Sydney, he was able to watch and fly with William (Bill) Hart, the first qualified pilot in Australia, when he moved his aviation school operations from Penrith to Ham Common, now Richmond Aerodrome, a short distance from Clarendon Park. In 1915, Percival joined the AIF, lying about his age to pursue a commission with the Royal Flying Corps which he achieved in 1917. After the war, Percival returned to Australia and undertook a variety of commercial flying activies, including aerial photography, map-making, geological surveying, joyflights and advertising. In 1929, Percival travelled to England hoping to sell one of his aircraft designs to an English manufacturer, but without success. Instead, Percival founded his own company, Percival Aircraft Company, to design and manufacture Great BritainÂ?s first low-wing cantilevered monoplane, the Gull. Percival won many competitions and awards flying his own aircraft, and the Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, attracting the era's most daring pilots.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Daguerreotype portrait of man in military uniform mounted in a brown union case with a red velvet lining
    Folder belonging to George Faithfull
    Postcards
    Brass 360 degree protractor

    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 and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Bark painting 'Djang'Kawu Sisters at Gariyak' by Valerie Munininy 2
    Carved emu egg by Sam Kirby
    Young Girls by Wally Mandarrk
    Photograph of a group of people holding a sign saying 'Black Control of Black Affairs'

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

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