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

    Childbirth Scene, work on paper, Yirrkala, 1948
    Weapon - Spear
    Iguana and Shark
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Before Initiation Boys Receive Presents
    Bark painting 'Two fish' by Bardayal Nadjamerrek, Gunbalanya, 1974
    Bark painting 'Cut-up Kangaroo ready for Ceremonial cooking' by Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru, Gunbalanya, 1974
    Bark painting depicting animals at a sacred site by Jimmy Nakkurridjdjilmi Nganjmirra of Gunbalanya, 1970
  • E Redlich collection(24)

    Typed invoice addressed to Mr E Redlich from the Church Missionary Society dated the 10 July 1956.
    Consignment note addressed to Mr E Redlich from the Jinke River Mission dated the 6 December 1961
    The Way of Life
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Greetings from Marrickville
    Oxford Street, Sydney
    Alice in Anderson's Wonderland City Bondi
    The Second Fall, Morialta Falls, SA
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1889
    Second Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1889
  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Certificate of Airworthiness for aircraft HB-OFU in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1937
    Letter to Mons. F. Rouge from Jean V. Augsburger
    Logbook certificate from Light Plane Services listing work carried out for C of A renewal, 6 May 1981
    Weight and Centre of Gravity Schedule for G-AERD, 16 March 1980

    The Neil Jensen collection consists of a Percival Gull Six aircraft, G-AERD, and associated archive. Made by the Percival Aircraft Company at Gravesend in Kent, England, in 1936, this aircraft was first purchased by Ariane Dufaux of Switzerland and registered as HB-OFU. After passing through several owners in Switzerland, the aircraft was sold to a collector and restored by Cliff Lovell in England where it was featured on the air show circuit and registered as G-AERD. Neil Jensen purchased G-AERD in 1983, and while it was based in Redhill, Surrey it was awarded the Percival Trophy by the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group.

    Born in Albury, New South Wales, in 1897, Edgar Wikner Percival served in Europe and Egypt with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Returning to Australia after the war, Percival operated a commercial aviation business while pursuing opportunities to design and manufacture new types of aircraft. In 1929, he travelled to England to work as a test pilot for the Bristol Aircraft Company, and in 1930 designed and manufactured the first low-wing cantilever monoplanes in the British Commonwealth. Percival formed the Percival Aircraft Company in 1932 and named the new aircraft series 'Gull'. Characterised by their graceful lines, the Gulls had light wooden frames covered with doped (lacquered) fabric and powerful four or six cylinder engines. Percival's Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, with Percival designing racing versions named 'Mew Gulls', which won acclaim in the Kings Cup Air Race.

  • Horne-Bowie collection(720)

    Glass spearhead
  • Alex and Paddy Stitt collection(14)

    Life. Be in it. Exercisements
    Life. Be in it poster
    Life. Be in it poster: Every little bit helps!
    Life Games

    The Alex and Paddy Stitt collection comprises a number of objects relating to the Life. Be In It public health campaign of the late 1970s and 1980s. In the collection are one T-shirt bearing the Life. Be In It logo, worn by Alex Stitt, the animator of the original Life. Be In It campaign, T-shirt bearing the Life. Be In It logo, produced in association with World Cricket series, three original Norm comic strips, drawn by Alex Stitt, six Life. Be In It posters promoting exercise and a healthy life, one Life. Be In It book describing games to play, one Life. Be In It book titled 'Walkies' detailing walks in Victoria where pets can be taken.

    The Life. Be In It public health campaign was initiated by the Victorian state government in 1975 and then taken up by the Federal government in 1978 and introduced throughout Australia. Life. Be In It aimed to educate the Australian public about exercise in a fun and non-threatening manner, making it part of everyday routine. The campaign was developed by the advertising group Monahan Dayman Adams and promoted through community announcements on television, cartoons in newspapers and also through community groups. Life. Be In It achieved a 94% recognition rate in 1984 and represents an important collaboration between government an advertising in creating awareness about the importance of public health.