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  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Ethelda Bleibtrey receiving Olympic trophies from the King of Belgium, 1920
    Black and white autographed photographic postcard of a young girl called Lottie in a swim suit, Sydney, 1915
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Frances Cowells
    Black and white photograph of US swimmers Leslie Bunyan, Charlotte Boyle, Alice Lord and Ethelda Bleibtrey
  • Margot Child collection(1215)

    A card to accompany a cake
    Wedding invitation
    Card to accompany cake
    Card of appreciation
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - An episode in the great fire ceremony, Forrest River mission, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Buffalo cart, Colombo, Sri Lanka, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1931 or 1932
    Film negative - Home of Bullion Mine, near Barrow Creek, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1924
    Lantern slide - Herbert Basedow interviewing Danbidelli (Jim Mariner), photographer unknown, Innamincka, South Australia, 1919
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Charles Waldron, 1844
    Convict love token from J. Stoneham, 1823
    Convict love token from G. Needham, 1818
    Convict love token from S. Hart, 1844

    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.

  • Rosie Cross collection(1)

    Laptop owned by Rosie Cross, aka RosieX or geekgirl

    The Rosie Cross Collection consists of an Amstrad 286 laptop computer purchased by Ms Cross in London in 1990. Ms Cross returned to Australia in the same year and for the next three years, spent up to sixteen hours per session on her laptop, exploring the Internet.

    Ms Cross was attracted to the Web as a vehicle for self-expression and creative pleasure, but as a woman and a feminist, she found herself either attacked or ignored by the Internet 'boys club' that dominated cyberspace. The laptop computer significantly marks Ms Cross' introduction to the Internet, which led to the creation of her cyberzine, geekgirl - a site that has been hailed as the world's first online cyberfeminist magazine. Since the launch of geekgirl, many 'Webgrrls' have found the Web a promising outlet for their work, and women's presence on the Internet continues to strengthen. The Rosie Cross Collection is a significant example of Australian women's participation in, and construction of, the Internet and their greater contribution to technological development.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Sydney Harbour, Botanical Gardens in the foreground
    Penitentiary & Hospital, Port Arthur
    A revolution in rubber heels. Morrison's Patent Heels
    The Macleay River and Bridge, Kempsey
  • Raymond Holliday collection(78)

    Viola made by William Holliday, 1963
    Violin made by William Auchterlonie, 1939
    Volin case for John Devereux violin
    Small violin made by Manby

    The Raymond Holliday collection comprise 64 violins, two viola, four violin bows, 23 music cases, one display case demonstrating flute-head making, and three booklets. The collection also features significant documentation detailing information about Australian violin makers and a selection of material representing Raymond Holliday's flute-making business.

    The collection is representative of one century of Australian violin-making from the 1800s to the late 1900s. It demonstrates the variety of makers and skills in the craft. It is also distinguished by the collector's hand - his creations, his life-long passion for violins, and his important role in advocating recognition of Australian musical instrument making. The collection features violins and violas, most of which were made by a very wide cross-section of Australian makers including well known professionals, or makers using Australian timbers. The handmade display of flute head joints used to promote Holliday's business at instrument-making fairs and music exhibitions is a poignant object showing his flute-making activities. The collection reflects the value of music in everyday life and the determination to innovate, experiment and create.

  • Petronella Wensing collection no. 1(229)

    Pattern for knitting machine
    Pattern for knitting machine
    Pattern for knitting machine