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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    The Ovens Valley from the gorge, Mt Buffalo, Vic
    Michell Valley Motel, Bairnsdale, Vic
    Girl with a bucket and spade, who is sitting on a rug on some stairs
    Girl sitting in a hammock
  • Barry Williams collection(60)

    Scout's Master at Arms badge certificate
    Scout's Pathfinder badge certificate
    Scout's Leatherworker badge certificate
    Scout's Metalworker badge certificate

    The Barry Williams collection comprises 53 items of 1940s scout memorabilia, including awards and items of uniform from the Surry Hills scout troop, Sydney. Awards such as badges, cords, shoulder tabs and dated certificates are a complete material record of the donor's progress from scout to king's scout. The collection contains the full range of awards available to scouts in the 1940s, except for two awards.

    This collection records a scouting experience that is typically Australian. The 1940s marks a stage of great popularity for the Scouting movement when they were a very visible presence in Australia. The Surry Hills scout troop was disbanded in the 1990s, the demise of the group was probably caused by the changing demographic and social values, of the people living in Surry Hills. This collection is a record of a past urban scouting experience in Australia. It is also evocative of some of the social changes that have taken place in Australia, that have contributed to the decrease in popularity, of the scouting movement.

  • Guiseppe Picone collection(28)

    Handmade wood drill consisting of spindle and revolving wing held in position along the dowel handle by a length of cord
    Claw hammer
    Handmade awl
    Punch awl with an amber coloured fluted resin handle
  • Robin Moorhouse collection(19)

    Calling card
    Memorandum from accounts ledger, 1865

    The Robin Moorhouse Collection consists of a Penfolds Wines desk set, a visitor's book, and five accounting books relating to other properties (mainly the Dalwood winery, which was taken over by Penfolds).

    Winemaking began in Australia in the first half of the nineteenth century and has developed into a major Australian industry. Wine is a significant part of Australia's domestic market and is an important export earner. It has become established as part of Australia's cultural and social life. Penfolds is one of the oldest names in this industry, and its Grange Hermitage is perhaps the most famous name in Australian wine. The collection casts important light on the development of the Australian wine industry, Penfolds in particular but also the early Dalwood winery which holds a significant place in the Australian wine story. Further, the collection relates to Australian decorative arts, accounting practices of the nineteenth century, and celebrity lifestyles of the early twentieth century.

  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2(85)

    Painting depicts fourteen small rectangles between band of pigment rendered across the top and the bottom
    Bark painting divided into 16 panels by three horizontal white bands with red outlines
    Bark painting depicting the sun at Wuriupi by Deaf Tommy in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965
    Bark painting
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Dorothy Burns
    Black and white autographed photographic postcard of a young girl called Lottie in a swim suit, Sydney, 1915
    Black and white photograph of women's swimming team, possibly Ella Smith, c.1920s
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Ethelda Bleibtrey receiving Olympic trophies from the King of Belgium, 1920
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token captioned
    Convict love token from Benjamin Cox, 1839
    Convict love token from Joseph Taylor, 1845
    Convict love token from Heney Murphy, 1830

    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.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, Special Prize
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1886, Champion Prize
    Photograph of 1884 winning rams
    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887