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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    View from Lookout Looking south
    Sepia photograph of a group of people gathered for an event
    Sassafras Gully, Victoria
    Harnessing in dogs and preparing to start, Captain's sledge party
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Nell  Basedow in a rickshaw, Colombo, Sri Lanka, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1931 or 1932
    Film negative - Typical porcupine grass country on Northern Territory boundary, Musgrave Ranges, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Glass plate negative - Expedition outfit, Victoria River area, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Film negative - Red Lily Lagoon, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
  • Paul Watts collection(3)

    Knife made from a ground-down flat file, with a corn cob handle, as used by swagmen in the Depression era
    Knife made from a ground-down flat file, with a corn cob handle, as used by swagmen in the Depression era
    Knife made from a ground-down flat file, with a corn cob handle, as used by swagmen in the Depression era
  • Mary Nicholson collection no. 2(19)

    Murphy's Law
    Lead Sinker
    Mick Syrup
  • Tanya McIntyre collection(1)

    Silkscreen print poster 'Stop the Miss Victoria Quest'

    The Tanya McIntyre collection consists of a screenprinted poster titled Stop the Miss Victoria Quest, 1984. This poster was created by Tanya McIntyre, probably while working as artist-in-residence at Redletter studios - one of Melbourne's earliest community screenprinting workshops. The poster is representative of the social protests held against the Miss Australia Quest (of which the Miss Victoria Quest was part) by feminist and activist groups for the disabled during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

    The Miss Australia Quest (from 1992 known as the Miss Australia Awards) ran continuously from 1953 to 2000 and was arguably the longest running, most popular and most successful charitable enterprise in Australia's history. The first documented nationwide contest to identify Australia's ideal woman was held in 1907, however the first official use of the title 'Miss Australia' is more generally thought to have been used in relation to 'Miss Australia 1926' - Beryl Mills from Western Australia. Further contests were held in 1927, 1937, and from 1945 until 1950. It was in 1953 when Bernard Dowd (manufacturer of Hickory USA lingerie in Australia) and his company Dowd Associates took over running of the competition that the Quest became a registered business enterprise, and the 'search for Miss Australia' gained momentum. From 1954 until 2000 the Quest ran primarily as a fundraising event for the Australian Cerebral Palsy Association (ACPA), and is estimated to have raised over $90 million for people with cerebral palsy. Over its lifetime, the Quest reflected many of the changes that took place in Australian society and culture: the changing role and perceptions of women; changing perceptions of people with disabilities; the influence of migrants and 'New Australians'; and the presentation of Australia and Australians overseas.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Thomas Burbury, 1832
    Convict love token from George Robotham, 1827
    Convict love token, Mary Hill, May 11, 1826
    Convict love token to Maria

    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 in the John Dixon case; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside of the names of prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation and a 60 page handwritten manuscript account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported on two occasions 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.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Kaningarra' by Manmarr Daisy Andrews, 2007
    'Tika Tika' by Nola Campbell, 2008
    'Kunkun' by Nora Nangapa, Nora Wompi, Bugai Whylouter, Kumpaya Girgaba, 2008
    'Minyipuru' by Jakayu Biljabu, 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..

  • Warakurna History Paintings collection no.2(9)

    Wangurnu by Eunice Yunurupa Porter, 2011
    Governance Training by Eunice Yunurupa Porter, 2011
    Ngaanyatjarra Council's 30th Birthday Party by Jean Inyalanka Burke, 2011
    Travelling Around on Camels, Mission Times by Eunice Yunurupa Porter, 2012