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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Postcard featuring a comic drawing of a soldier and three men in tunic style clothes
    Crawfordsburn Inn, Co. Down
    Safety Beach, Dromana, Vic.
    Hayes & Russell Ltd, Ironmongers, Queanbeyan
  • Reverend John Grosse collection(71)

    The New Testament presented to Lois Grosse (nee Ottens)
    Childrens Ezy-bilt construction toy kit
    Fountain pen
    Exercise book containing John Grosse composition 1947
  • Jack Heenan collection(25)

    GMH General Motors-Holden's 25 Year Club 1977
    Pair of silver-coloured metal cufflinks bearing the Holden lion logo
    Holden tiepin
    GMH Pointers

    The Jack Heenan collection comprises memorabilia, artwork, clothing accessories and industry journals relating to the career of Jack Heenan who worked for General Motors Holden (GMH) from 1935 until his retirement in 1974. He began his career working in forecasting, but later transferred to the sales department. These objects were used by Mr Heenan in his daily working life.

    GMH has played an important role in the history of Australian motor transport. The early model Holdens (the FX and FJ) are among the most recognisable cultural artefacts of 1950s and 1960s Australia. Motoring memorabilia illustrates the passionate connection some people feel towards motoring and Holden cars. The creation of marketing symbols as functional and collectible items also demonstrates the nature of Holden's powerful marketing campaigns. This collection of objects also traces the evolution of Australia's motoring history, Holden's own sense of its history and connection to post-war development, and Holden's continuing prominence in the popular imagination.

  • Irrigation (Tatura) - Goulburn Murray Water collection(4)

    Water Ledger, S R & W S Commission, Tongala, Koyuga & Kyabram Parishes, 1926-1938
    The Goulburn Weir and its Independent System of Works
    Tongala General [Water] Rate Book - Year Ending 30th June 1932
    Dethridge meter

    The Irrigation (Deniliquin and Tatura) Collection comprises a range of objects relating to the practice of irrigation in the areas of Deniliquin (NSW) and Tatura (Vic).

    Australia is the driest inhabited continent. In the face of this environmental challenge, Australia has developed agricultural production utilising limited water resources via irrigation and other schemes. Irrigated agriculture accounts for 25-30 per cent of Australia's gross value of agricultural output. About 74 per cent of all water used in Australia is for irrigation.

    These objects are all from the Murray-Darling Basin, which accounts for 71.1 per cent of Australia's irrigated crops and pastures. The collection illustrates a number of significant aspects of the irrigation industry, and the distribution and use of water in irrigation areas. It also reflects changes that have occurred and are continuing to occur in an industry which represents a major slice of Australian agriculture and food production. Some of the processes and activities represented by the objects are now redundant or obsolete.

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

    Painting by Gordon Syron - Right side of triptych
    Fish scoop
    River Dreaming - woven fibre mat
    Two Turtles by Billy Yirawala

    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.

  • MacKenzie collection(1473)

    Wet specimen - Horse - brain
    Wet specimen - Horse - Heart samples
    Wet specimen - Wombat - heart
    Wet specimen - Horse - Liver
  • Turner and Valentine Families collection(177)

    Card in memoriam of Barbara Strachan Stool
    Grandma Turner
    Collins Pocket Diary for 1925 with daily entries by Ann Turner, containing details of Guides events
    The Stool Journals
  • The Christensen Fund collection no. 1(67)

    Native Encampment
    Typical portraits of the aborigines
    Native miami [i.e. mia-mia]