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

    Bark painting of birds, fish and snakes
    Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Poster
    Girl Shattered
    Poster with image by J Samuels

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Postcard featuring a coloured print of the Australian flag, with an inset photograph of a company of troops standing to attention
    The beach and promenade, Bondi Beach
    Leg of Mutton Lake, Mt Gambier, SA
    The Gateway. Wylde St, Potts Point
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Bark painting 'The night-bird, karawak, and the opossum, marungo' attributed to Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1948
    The Lizard, Tjunda - Yirrkala, 1948
    Wooden paddle
  • E Redlich collection(24)

    Price list from Hermannsburg Mission, 1961
    Typed invoice addressed to Mr E Redlich from the Church Missionary Society dated the 10 July 1956.
  • Behind the Lines 2007 collection(12)

    Brown warrior
    The details'll be along later
    Saint Kevin

    The Behind the Lines 2007 collection consists of 68 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum of Australia's 2005-2007 Political cartooning targeted collecting project and the Behind the Lines 2007 political cartooning exhibition. There are 52 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Cathy Wilcox, Mark Knight, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward O'Neill.

    The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 2007. Major topics addressed within the collection include issues such as citizenship testing, the APEC summit, the rise of Kevin Rudd, the continuing conflicts in Afghanistan and Irag and an election year in which the Labour party regained the Federal Leadership. Taken together the collection provides a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2007 and demonstrates the quality of Australian political cartooning and illustration.

  • Fred Myers collection(4)

    'Wanatjalnga', painted by  Anatjarri Tjakamarra and Charlie Tjaruru Tjungurrayi, 1974
    'Ngurrapalangu', painted by Uta Uta Tjangala, 1974
    'Ngunarrmanya', painted by Freddy Tjugudi West Tjakamarra, 1974
    'Possum Men of Yirtjurunya', painted by Anatjarri Tjakamarra
  • David Allen medals collection(111)

    Liverpool Plains P A & H Association 1877 'Arab Stallion'
    Aldinga Annual Ploughing Match 1853 'Best Man'
    Port Phillip Farmers Society 1859 'Hay Cart'
    Wilcannia P. A. & H. Society 1893 'Brood Mare With Foal at Foot'
  • Frank Thompson collection(2)

    Teacup and saucer that were reputedly owned by Captain James Cook, Royal Navy

    Photocopy of a program for celebrations of bicentenary of Captain Cook's birth held at Marton,...