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  • Norm Wilson PNG Patrol Officer collection(14)

    Book with loose leaf titled Territory of Papua and New Guinea, Department of Native Affairs, Departmental Standing Instructions, General Field Administration
    Black painted square metal storage box

    Metal frying pan

    Rain cape

    The Norm Wilson Collection consists of one bed sail, one mosquito net, two closed metal boxes, three flags, one hat, two raincoats, one frypan and one Department of Native Affairs General Field Administration book. The collection was used by Norm on patrols in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea from 1962 - 1979. The collection is in good condition.

    Patrols begain in British New Guinea in 1885, one year after south east New Guinea was declared a British protectorate. Patrols were undertaken for the purpose of opening up new country and expanding administrative control in the area. At the outbreak of World War One, an Australian military force assumed control of German New Guinea and by 1921 administration of the area was handed to Australia by the League of Nations. In December 1973 Papua New Guinea gained self-government with complete independence on 16 September 1975.

    As a Patrol Officer, Norm was required to travel through the Eastern Highlands District and depending on the area and the circumstance of the patrol his duties were: consolidation of administrative influence, maintain rule of law, conduct court cases and preside as Magistrate, carry out police work, conduct censuses, encourage economic development, provide escorts, purchase land for governmental use and oversee local elections.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Good bye Sweetheart good bye
    Gould League of Bird Lovers, New South Wales, membership certificate to Bill Sutton
    Building with a tall clock tower, with train carriages on a track in front of it
    Good Luck from Marrickville
  • Adrian Luck collection no. 1(56)

    Australian Engineers, On Active Service 1917, Christmas and New Year Greeting Card
    Cairo - The Tombs of Mamelouks
    Group portrait of Australian soldiers in uniform with rifles in hand
    High Street, Maidstone
  • Saibai Island Dance Group collection(29)

    Adult's neck ornament 'katawza'
    Red cedar and raffia paddle 'kaba'
    Red cedar and raffia paddle 'kaba'
    Child's legband 'maka mak'
  • Banks Florilegium collection(2476)

    Bomarea edulis
    Epacris longiflora
    Dendrobium discolor
    Capparis lucida

    The Banks' Florilegium was published by Alecto Historical Editions (London) in association with the British Museum (Natural History) between 1980 and 1990. Each of the 100 sets that comprise the edition consists of seven hundred and forty three botanical line engravings, after the watercolours drawn from nature by Sydney Parkinson recording the plants collected by Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Carl Solander during their voyage round the world on HMB 'Endeavour' with Lieutenant James Cook, 1768-1771. Each set is divided into 35 parts and housed in Solander Boxes. Each print or sheet within the set is identified by a blind embossed stamp on the recto, recording the publisher's and printer's chops (ie: their signatures), the copyright symbol and date. The initials of the individual printer, the plate number and the edition number are recorded in pencil. The plate-marks are virtually uniform in size: 18 x 12 inches (457 x 305 mm), and the paper is Somerset mould-made 300gsm, each sheet watermarked 'AHE' and produced specially for this edition by the Inveresk Paper Company. The sheet of paper on which the image is printed measures 28 ½ x 21 inches (724 x 556 mm), and each of the engravings is protected within a double-fold sheet of the same acid free paper which has been cut to form a window mount. Every print includes watercolour embellishments added by artists working directly from Banks' own notes. The condition of the Museum's set, No 5/100, is excellent.

    The Banks' Florilegium records and celebrates the botanical discoveries made during the first voyage of scientific discovery undertaken by Britain's Royal Navy. In addition to the vast collections of botanical and zoological specimens created, astronomical observations made and accurate maps compiled during HMB Endeavour's voyage to the Pacific, the east coast of Australia was mapped and claimed for the British Crown, leading 18 years later to the establishment of a colony in New South Wales. Joseph Banks, who financed and led the natural history contingent onboard the Endeavour, planned to publish the botanical results of the voyage in a 14 volume folio work. He hired artists to complete Sydney Parkinson's drawings and engaged a team of 18 engravers to create the copperplates. The project took 12 years and was then put aside by Banks who was by now President of the Royal Society and closely involved with the Royal Horticultural Society, Kew Gardens, the British Museum and was a friend of and unofficial advisor to the King. Sir Joseph, as he became in 1781, would go on to serve as a member of the Board of Longitude, the Coin Committe and the Privy Council's Committee for Trade, and Plantations, and his wealth, social position and extraordinary range of contacts within the political, scientific, manufacturing and diplomatic spheres made him one of the most influential figures of his day. Although the Florilegium was not published during his lifetime, he took steps for its preservation and made the drawings, notes and specimens upon which it is based available to interested visitors to the Herbarium he maintained at his home.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Diary note of E R Mayne's sightseeing trip to Loch Lomond, Scotland, whilst on tour with the Australian Cricket Team in 1921
    Photograph of cricketers E.R. Mayne and Frank O'Keeffe on board
    Dinner menu from R.M.S. Niagara with the autographs of the 1913 Australian Cricket team
    Black and white photograph of E.R. Mayne walking off the cricket field, 1921
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Extract from Mr Charles Matcham's letters to a relative in England 1834
    School report
    School report
    Envelope addressed to Mrs Maple-Brown, Springfield, Goulburn, NSW

    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.

  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Letter from Joan Richmond - Basra
    Letter with envelope from Joan Richmond - India
    Rally car competitor's number plate 223 RALLYE MONTE-CARLO
    Letter from Joan Richmond - Montelimar

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.