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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Bush turkey
    Memorial Gardens, St Peter's Cathedral & Cross of Sacrifice, Adelaide, SA
    The Three Sisters, Katoomba, NSW
    Photograph of ship flying American flag
  • Sir Hubert Opperman collection no. 2(216)

    Mr and Mrs Opperman
    1987 Opperman Audax
    Certificate of The Australian Service Order to SIR HUBERT OPPERMAN, KT, OBE, KGC, GCSJ, ASO, 18 December, 1990
    Opperman with bike on shoulder Oct 1977 on ST Kilda Pier

    The Sir Hubert Opperman Collection No. 2, comprises 181 objects relating to his cycling, political and RAAF careers. Items of note include a silver tray presented to him for duties as Immigration Minister in 1966; Knights Bachelor Medal awarded by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968; and a Basque Beret worn when he was awarded the Gold Medal of Paris in 1991 by Jacques Chirac.

    Sir Hubert Opperman, or 'Oppy' has he was affectionately known, became a household name in the 1920s and 1930s as a result of his cycling achievements. He set 101 state, national and world records and was the public face of Malvern Star Bicycle Company. From 1949 to1972, Opperman pursued a career in politics, holding several portfolios for the Liberal party, and became Australia's first High Commissioner to Malta in 1966. He was knighted in1968 and retired from politics in 1972. Sir Hubert Opperman died in 1996 at the aged of 92.

  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from 1830
    Convict love token from Edward Hawkins, 1834
    Convict love token from T.N.
    Convict love token from William Hall, 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.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Black and white photograph of the Australian Cricket team at the Leicester Cricket Ground
    Dinner menu from R.M.S. Niagara with the autographs of the 1913 Australian Cricket team
    Norwood Cricket Club A grade Premiers, 1913-14 team
    Man standing beneath a roll of honour in the club room of East Melbourne Cricket Club
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Irwin Maple-Brown with small moustache, wearing Australian Air Force uniform and beret. 1942
    Cat 'Doctor'
    The Saturday Magazine
    The Tourist.

    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.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Kyneton Agricultural Society Grand Centanary Show, 1960 for first prize for a nasturtium luncheon set of table linen
    Certificate awarded at the Traralgon and District Agricultural Society's 80th Spring Exhibition, 1968 for a tatted butterfly doily
    Certificate awarded to  V.M. Wilson at the Mt Remarkable Agricultural Society, Melrose 38th Annual Show, 1960 for first prize for a cross stitch delphinium tray cloth
    Certificate
  • Crafts Council of Australia collection(4)

    Goannas of Early Dreamtime legend.
    Painting depicts a coiled serpent.
    Painting depicts a large fish, in x-ray style
    Painting depicts the Honeybee dance, performed in the larger Narra ceremony
  • Beth Dean Carell collection no. 2(78)

    Costume design in gouache and pencil on paper with card backing, showing an Aboriginal man in costume
    Pen and ink drawing on transparent paper of Beth Dean in an aboriginal dance
    Kangaroo Man costume
    Sketch of Beth Dean in a seated dance pose wearing an orange-brown costume with white swirls, [5 min Sketch by Bill Constable 1950]

    The Beth Dean-Carrell archive and collections 1, 2 and 3 comprise a vast array of costumes, photographs, tapes, videos, documents and letters relating to the development, choreography and staging of a number of ballets dealing with Aboriginal myths and legends, including Corroboree, Kurdaitcha and The First Boomerang. As well, the collections contain a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Pacific Islander (e.g. Cook Islands and New Zealand) and Papua New Guinean cultural objects.

    An early concern for, and appreciation of Aboriginal culture, led dancer, choreographer and writer, Beth Dean, and her husband singer, writer and film maker, Victor Carell, to spend several months researching dance in Aboriginal societies in the Northern Territory in 1953, and later, in the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. Their research was assisted by anthropologists such as A. P. Elkin, T.G.H. Strehlow and C. P. Mountford and by traditional elders. Although based on cultural values and customary costume, Dean's ballet performances were interpretations, rather than literal representations, of Aboriginal ceremonial dances. Dean's was the second stage version of Corroboree in 1954, which was set to composer John Antill's musical score, Corroboree, which he completed in 1946. Antill was inspired to incorporate Aboriginal rhythm and melody into symphonic music following meetings with Aboriginal communities at La Perouse in Sydney. Both Dean's and Antill's productions reflected a post- World War II national trend by Australian composers and choreographers towards an intentional Australian cultural identity or national style which incorporated either actual or impressionistic interpretations of Aboriginal music, dance and culture. It is ironic, nonetheless, that Aboriginal people at that time were not considered to be Australian citizens, lacked many basic human rights, and were largely absent, not only from the lives of most urban white Australians, but from the concert performances through which only selective versions of their culture were portrayed. However, while these performances would be considered unacceptable today, Beth Dean's intention was not to further marginalize Aboriginal people but to sensitively and considerately convey to Australian audiences "the ethics, wisdomÂ?discipline [and] harmony of Aboriginal customs and culture.

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