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  • Chai Vang and Por Ye collection(12)

    Hoe blade
    Cardboard sign for leeks from a market garden stall
    Cardboard sign for coriander from a market garden stall
    Hook blade brush knife

    The collection consists of one dibble (or digging stick), four cardboard signs, two knives, the head of a small hoe, a cross-bow and arrows used by Chai Vang and Por Ye, Hmong market gardeners in Tasmania. The metal objects were made in Thailand by Chai Vang's father, a traditional Hmong blacksmith, and the wooden items and cardboard signs were made by Chai in Hobart.

    Chai Vang and Por Ye arrived in Australia with their eight children as refugees from Laos in 1991. The family settled in Hobart, Tasmania within the small Hmong community that had established itself during the 1970s. In 2000 the family began to farm on several acres of land near Hobart and sell their produce at the Salamanca Markets. The Hmong market gardeners have become an important part of Tasmania's social, cultural and agricultural scene through their involvement with the Salamanca Markets and their willingness to share aspects of their traditional culture with the wider community.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
    QSL card for VK6-QSL, The Ears of Western Australia
    Church and a house
    Section Grocery and Ironmonery Depts, Slack and Gander, Hornsby
  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Certificate of Airworthiness for aircraft HB-OFU in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1937-1938
    'The Percival `Gull'...Supreme in Comfort and Performance'
    Letter to Light Plane Services from the C.A.A.
    Packing Note from Hants & Sussex Aviation Ltd.

    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. PercivalÂ?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.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting depicting Macassans boiling down trepang by Mathaman Marika, Yirrkala, 1964
    Bark painting 'Part of the story of Bama Bama the spirit man' by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1967
    Bark painting depicting a Nyapililngu digging stick by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1967
    Fire dreaming
  • John Collinson Close collection(26)

    Letter from Douglas Mawson to John Close, 1930
    Six page letter from John Close to Alice Close, Antarctica 1911
    Leather bound brass telescope, used by John Close
    Registered envelope addressed to J H Collinson Close, Mosman, NSW

    This collection comprises objects belonging to John Henry Collinson Close, a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911-1914, led by Dr Douglas Mawson. It includes a telescope and case; pocket compass; Bryant and May matchbox (used to keep Close's Morse code); diary entries and letters from Close to his wife Alice (three on AAE letterhead); a hand-stitched canvas pouch with a label written by Close in ink, containing two rock samples collected in Antarctica and sent to Alice by supply ship in 1912; a copy of Life Magazine from September 1914; newspaper cuttings of eight articles written by or referencing Close; three typescript letters, including correspondence from Douglas Mawson; handwritten copies of two poems, including one by Tennyson; a newspaper cutting of a Douglas Stewart poem; and a registered envelope addressed to Close.

    The John Collinson Close collection dates from the 'heroic era' of Antarctic exploration, perhaps the last great period of geographical discovery on Earth. It demonstrates key events in a story that led to Australia's claim over 42% of the continent. Linked to this story, and to this collection, are simultaneous ties to the old notions of Empire and the assertion of a new national identity. Close's private letters and journalism reveal the contrast between the personal experiences of a lesser-known expeditioner and a venture, overshadowed by a mythologised leader, now abstracted into the national memory and imagination.

  • Judy Horacek collection no. 2(5)

    Black and white cartoon titled 'Cemetery of Women'
    Black and white cartoon titled 'Damn feminists'
    Coloured cartoon titled 'Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde'
    Black and white cartoon titled 'Photographing marbles'

    The collection consists of 45 cartoons by free lance cartoonist Judy Horacek produced from mid 1980s to 2001. The cartoons provide social and political comment on gender relations. Horacek's work has appeared in number newspapers and journals including the Australian, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

    Horacek's work has always been especially concerned with women and feminism. Her characteristic spiky, sassy figures provide heroines which her readers readily identify with. Her cartoons reflect some of the major issues of the feminist movement including women and politics, women's place in society and women and work.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    The terrible fight of Purrukapali and Taparra
    Milikapiti (Snake Bay) by Day and by Night.
    Bark painting 'The first firing of the bush at Caledon Bay' by Mungurrawuy Yunapingu, Port Bradshaw
    Barama spreads the Sacred Law.
  • Paul Smith collection(3)

    Notebook diary compiled by Paul Smith during his journey down the Franklin River with Bob Brown in 1976
    Inflatable yellow rubber raft used by Paul Smith and Bob Brown on the Franklin River in 1976

    Lake Pedder protest memorabilia.