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  • Gweneth Meyers collection(424)

    The Kostules Rule
    Card with text
    Handwritten note for a reorder of
    Handwritten note regarding the fitting of new frames

    The Gweneth Meyers collection consists of material from the radio communications interests of the donorÂ?s husband Morris Henry Meyers OBE, and optometrist equipment and a telescope used by Gweneth MeyerÂ?s grandfather, Llewellyn Preston Williams, a pharmacist who migrated to Australia from England in 1890. The collection includes a wireless transmitter and receiver used by Meyers in his ham radio work, QSL cards from his radio communications, and photographs of Meyers with the equipment.

    Interested in electronics and communications from an early age, Morris 'Morrie' Meyers was licenced as an amateur radio operator from the early 1930s. MeyerÂ?s skill and interests lead to his election to the Fine Operators Club and the AI Operators Club, and membership with the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia and the Wireless Institute of Australia, in which he also served as president and executive member. He served with the RAAF Wireless Reserve, and was sent to Borneo, New Guinea and other sites in the Pacific region, being commissioned in 1941 and after rising to the rank of Wing Commander was awarded the Order of the British Empire. After the war, Meyers began a career with Qantas as Communications and Electronics Manager.

  • Brad Manera collection(1)

    You Are On Aboriginal Land

    The collection consists of a T-shirt that celebrates the 1985 hand-back of Uluru (Ayers Rock) to its traditional owners. This is an example of popular culture that celebrates the government decision to hand back Uluru and the subsequent joint management of the Uluru Park. The T-shirt was purchased by Brad Manera as an Uluru souvenir, and subsequently worn to show personal support for Indigenous Australians.

    Recognised as a significant national icon by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is also one of the few World Heritage properties listed for both its natural and cultural values. On 26 October 1985, Governor General Sir Ninian Stephens presented the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Title Deeds back to the traditional owners, the Anangu. The lands were leased back to the Australian Government in an effort to see the Anangu people and Parks Australia work together to jointly manage the park. The example of Uluru joint management marks a significant moment in the history of Aboriginal protest and land right struggles, and also an important example of continuing efforts for reconciliation.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from R Hoklay, 1834
    Convict love token from Charles Fry, 1833
    Convict love token from J. Hooper
    Convict love token from I.W.B., 1832

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    St Vincent's Ladies' College, Sydney
    Coke ovens by-products plant, BHP Co's steel works, Newcastle, NSW
    Crystal Palace and Terraces. Festival of Empire
    Barrel Machinery
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Signed AFL St Kilda Football Club Jersey
    MABO Treaty
    Dancing Ceremony of spear country by Djardie Ashley
    Painting by Gordon Syron - Left side of tryptic

    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.

  • Marisol Martinreyes collection(2)

    Agreement dated 25th May 1885 between Samuel Hawkins and Charles Rasp regarding share in Broken Hill Silver Mining Company
    Mail Ticket certifying Charles Rasp and Thomas Lowe partnership in share of Broken Hill Mining Company bought from Samuel Hawkins, 1885

    The Marisol Martinreyes collection consists of an agreement between Charles Rasp and Samuel Hawkins for the purchase of a share in the Broken Hill Silver Mining Company, dated 25 May 1885 and a document, 'Mail Ticket', stating that Charles Rasp and Thomas Low were equal partners in a share bought from Samuel Hawkins, witnessed by William Jamieson, dated 27 April 1885.

    The collection relates to one of Australia's traditional economic staples, mining, and how this industry promoted regional settlement. The material exemplifies the intense fluctuations and manoeuvring which characterised early history of the Broken Hill Proprietary Co. The men in the documents were significant players in the establishment of this company, its success and consequently the development of the town, so much so that Charles Rasp, who both document relate to, is often credited as the founder of Broken Hill.

  • Fred Myers collection(4)

    'Ngunarrmanya', painted by Freddy Tjugudi West Tjakamarra, 1974
    'Wanatjalnga', painted by  Anatjarri Tjakamarra and Charlie Tjaruru Tjungurrayi, 1974
    'Ngurrapalangu', painted by Uta Uta Tjangala, 1974
    'Possum Men of Yirtjurunya', painted by Anatjarri Tjakamarra
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Ceramic wall tile of Alipurra (Pelican) by Eddie Puruntatameri, Bathurst Island, 1978
    'Carpet Snake Dreaming', painted by Toby Brown Tjampitjinpa, 1976
    Bark painting 'Two fish' by Bardayal Nadjamerrek, Gunbalanya, 1974
    Painting depicts two human figures with four kangaroos and a serpent