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  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Bark painting 'The Rainbow Serpent Ngalyod and Ngalkunburriyaymi, the female spirit'
    Painting depicts two fish, one is identified as a
    Painting depcits a kangaroo in the X-ray
    Painting depicts two fish opposing each other
  • Dr Robert C Percival collection(153)

    Technical drawing for a Percival aircraft titled
    Aviation technical drawing titled
    Documents relating to Edgar Wikner Percival and Percival aircraft
    Black and white photograph of a man standing next to a plane

    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 BritainÃ?Â?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.

  • Songlines - Alison Munti Riley collection(1)

    Seven Sisters
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Earl Kitchener
    Aboriginally Yours, Go-won-go Mohawk
    Three women and a boy standing on the veranda of a Post and Telegraph Office building.
    The wee sick Govini
  • Guna Kinne collection no. 1(7)

    Latvian ring-shaped brooch
    Latvian red ankle length costume skirt with embroidery
    Latvian white, red and grey costume blouse
    Latvian natural-coloured linen waistcoat with black embroidery

    The Guna Kinne Collection no 1 comprises objects which make up a Latvian woman's national costume including blouse, waistcoat, skirt, headdress, bonnet and brooches. Guna Kinne made the outfit over a period of 30 years, starting work on it as a sewing project while a schoolgirl in Riga in 1942, completing the jacket as she fled Latvia at the end of the Second World War, final touches were made to the costume after she migrated to Australia. As she fled her homeland, she took the unfinished costume with her, together with some clothes and photographs. She later wore the costume at a dance in a displaced persons camp in Germany, the day she met her future husband.

    Mrs Kinne's experiences are representative of post-war Latvian migration to Australia. After World War Two, the Australian Government adopted a new immigration policy which encouraged European emigration to Australia to boost a low population. By 1952 almost 20,000 Latvians had come to Australia as part of the program. Many, including Mrs Kinne, participated in Latvian community organisations formed to help maintain cultural activities and provide mutual social support as emigrants adapted to life in their new country. Mrs Kinne and her husband Arturs arrived in 1948 and settled in Maffra, Wangaratta and then Melbourne in Victoria. Mr Kinne attempted to make a living through his wood carving and used his skills in dairy production while Mrs Kinne continued her artistic skills through colouring photos as paid employment and painting as a hobby.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded for first prize at the Coonamble Pastoral and Agricultural Association 80th Annual Exhibition  for a knitted poppy tea cosy
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for first prize at the Gresford Agricultural Society for a knitted tea cosy
    Certificate awarded at the Agricultural and Pastoral Society of Southern Queensland, Centenary Year Show 1859-1959, Beenleigh for second prize for a tatted butterfly doily
  • Keith Goddard collection(252)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
  • Horne-Bowie collection(720)

    Bottom grinding stone [stone implement]
    Glass spearhead