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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A Sheep Drover
    May Gibbs - Washing Day
    The Nautilus Fairy
    De-Buigh's Bridge, Upper Lane Cove River, Pymble
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Sculpture - wood
    Spearthrower
    Weapon - Spear
    Hive of Honey, Milingimbi
  • Convict Love Token collection no. 2(4)

    Convict love token 1792
    Convict love token 1844
    Convict love token from Samuel Smith, 1839
    Convict love token

    This collection consists of 4 Convict Love Tokens: one copper halfpenny engraved with MC/1792; one cartwheel penny engraved with squire with rifle and dog; one copper penny engraved with a sailor in front of a sailing ship; and one shaved down penny with 'L.B/L.W/1844'.

    Convict love tokens, typically made of smoothed down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system, as well as its transnational character. Also known as 'leaden hearts', the tokens stem from traditional sailors' farewells. Convict tokens were made for the whole of the Transportation period in New South Wales and Tasmania, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As objects purposely made by or for convicts to give as mementoes, to be left behind when the prisoner was transported, the tokens are a unique part of the record of a convict's transportation experience.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Tourist.
    Pair of ladies dyed pink satin tango shoes
    Envelope addressed to W P Faithfull
    George Faithfull.

    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.

  • Gweneth Meyers collection(424)

    Handwritten note dated
    Card with text
    Handwritten note for a reorder of
    Handwritten letter to Arthur Cocks & Co Ltd, with stamps from W R Williams, Chemist, Manly

    The Gweneth Meyers collection consists of material from the radio communications interests of the donor's husband Morris Henry Meyers OBE, and optometrist equipment and a telescope used by Gweneth Meyers' grandfather, Llewellyn Preston Williams, a pharmacist who migrated to Australia from England in 1890. The collection includes a wireless transmitter and receiver used by Meyers in his ham radio work, QSL cards from his radio communications, and photographs of Meyers with the equipment.

    Interested in electronics and communications from an early age, Morris 'Morrie' Meyers was licenced as an amateur radio operator from the early 1930s. Meyers' skill and interests lead to his election to the Fine Operators Club and the AI Operators Club, and membership with the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia and the Wireless Institute of Australia, in which he also served as president and executive member. He served with the RAAF Wireless Reserve, and was sent to Borneo, New Guinea and other sites in the Pacific region, being commissioned in 1941 and after rising to the rank of Wing Commander was awarded the Order of the British Empire. After the war, Meyers began a career with Qantas as Communications and Electronics Manager.

  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of Randwick District Rugby Union Football Club, 1st Grade, 1923
    Australian swimmers Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie with British swimmer Jennie Fletcher
    Australia XIX Olympic Games Mexico 68 pennant
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Duke Kahanamoku of Honolulu
  • Liesl Rockchild collection(68)

    Horses and Cowboy 1997
    Horses and Cowboy 1997
    Horses and Cowboy 1997, 1999
    Horses and Saddles 1997, 1998

    This collection contains sixty-eight bush toys commissioned for the Bush Toys exhibition and created from 1997 to 1999. The works were made by eleven emerging and established artists from three Eastern Arrente communities from Central Australia: Tristan Young, Calvin Smith, Christopher Wallace and Douglas Wallace, Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa Mission); David Wallace and Johnny Young from Titjikala (Maryvale Station); Lindsay James, Clifford Tilmouth, Davey Tilmouth, Maxi Wehr and Michael Wehr from Engawala (Alcoota Station). Prior to their acquisition by the Museum, these works were exhibited as Bush Toys at a number of venues in rural and remote Australia.

    The objects are made from found and salvaged materials and are based on the toys that they either used or made as children and still make for their children or in Tristan Young's case still make and play with. Aboriginal communities have always produced toys for their children as teaching tools to prepare them for adulthood. Historically these were miniature versions of implements and utensils that were essential for daily survival such as toy spears, toy shields and toy boomerangs. Since the introduction of new materials like metal, plastic and glass, these toys have evolved to reflect the environment and lifestyle of the makers. Since the 1970s when many of the adults became involved in working on cattle stations, some of the toys modelled a horse and rider, some incorporated scenes of stockmen, stockyards and rodeos. Over time toys reflected changing technology in use on cattle stations. Trucks, motorbikes, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft were made.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Painting by Gordon Syron - Solitary Tree
    Painting by Gordon Syron - Miners Cottage, 1982
    Portrait of David Unaipon by Lyell Dolan
    Gunyan White Sand Crab by Narritjin Maymuru

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

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