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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Daisy and Violet. The pretty grown-together Children
    People's Tent Mission. Pray for us!
    The Corso, Manly, NSW
    Interior of Steel Foundry. Port Kembla Steell Mills
  • Ernabella Arts Inc. collection no. 7(103)

    Raiki wara - untitled batik silk textile by Yilpi Adamson, 2005
    Blue and white terracotta vase made by Nyukana 'Daisy' Baker at Ernabella in 2003
    Batik practice piece showing design in progress on fabric, attributed to Nyukana 'Daisy' Baker, 1975
    Untittled, square, batik silk scarf in blue, green and gold colours, by Nyukana Baker

    The Ernabella Collection No. 7 consists of a wide variety of material dating from the early 1990s to early 2005. The collection includes baskets, seed body ornaments, paintings on silk and canvas, some prints, batiks and an important group of ceramics that were produced between 1997 and 2005.

    These objects represent the continuing dynamism of cultural practices at Ernabella, and the manner in which the communities at Ernabella have responded to change in the region. They attest to the desire within the community to maintain cultural practices while developing commercial enterprises that provide an economic base for the community. The collection demonstrates the Ernabella community's continuing expression of cultural heritage through the production of new forms and provides direct links to earlier cultural practices and iconography.

  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    'The Percival `Gull'...Supreme in Comfort and Performance'
    Hand-written note recording Aileron, Elevator and Rudder Movements
    Certificate of Airworthiness for aircraft HB-OFU in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1937-1938
    Carbon copy of letter to Rolls Royce seeking information on modifications to engine, 19 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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Four female figures mounted on horseback and one female figure standing beside a horse.
    Handwritten letter to Mrs Maple-Brown
    Peggy McClelland with long blonde hair plaited and held with a white bow
    Coloured postcard depicting the North British Station Hotel, Edinburgh

    The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

    Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

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

    The Moon, Jumauria
    Weapon - Spear
    Armband - Milingimbi, N.T.
    Weapon - Spearthrower
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    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 Charlotte Boyle, 1921
    Australia XIX Olympic Games Mexico 68 pennant
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Gertrude Ederle, New York, 1922
  • Everitt and George Family collection(911)

    Toy Theatre Drury Lane 19th Century
    Photographic print depicting the toy theatre
    Film-script titled 'Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured'
    Photographic print depicting the toy theatre

    The Everitt and George Family collection consists of over 800 objects including a Toy Theatre with a 'Redington' proscenium and a second back stage, play booklets and associated scenery, photographs of the Toy Theatre, and documents and working notes related to the collection. The collection is in good condition.

    The Toy Theatre was invented in England around 1811, reflecting the popularity of pantomimes and plays performed in the leading theatres around London in the same period. They soon became a favourite pastime for teenage boys and adult collectors alike, with a long list of publishers producing a wealth of material. B Pollock was one of the most famous of these publishers and the earliest pieces in this collection have been attributed to Pollock. Though this was largely an English tradition the collection reflects the first owner Edward Everitt's heritage, who migrated to Australia in the 19th century bringing parts of the Toy Theatre with him.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Painting depicts kangaroo painted in the X-ray style
    Bark painting depicting a totemic crocodile by Yirawala, Croker Island, 1965
    'Tingarri men at Kiritjinya', painted by John Tjakamarra, 1975
    'Carpet Snake Dreaming', painted by Toby Brown Tjampitjinpa, 1976