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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Woman holding a child, and a man on the veranda of a timber house
    Postcard featuring a coloured head portrait of a
    Presbyterian Church, Wollongong N.S.W
    Little Miss Muffit
  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Handwritten letter from Joan Richmond - London
    Letter with envelope from Joan Richmond - India
    Second of a set of three postcards from Joan Richmond - England
    Envelope to Mrs. John Richmond

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.

  • Milo Dunphy collection no. 2(120)

    Hatchet with a leather cover associated with Milo Dunphy
    Canvas shoulder bag associated with Milo Dunphy
    Paddy Pallin brand Khaki canvas backpack associated with Milo Dunphy
    Dark brown leather hiking boots associated with Milo Dunphy

    The Milo Dunphy collection no. 2 contains 120 objects, including several items of clothing suitable for bushwalking, hiking and camping (shirts, scarves, beanies, gloves, socks, thermal underwear, boots, gaiters), water bags, drawstring bags, haversacks, camping equipment (billy cans, cooking and eating utensils, water bottles, food storage containers), backpacks, rucksacks, sleeping bags, first aid kit, white japara tent bag containing a white japara wall tent inscribed with place names, membership badge of the Mountain Trails Club of N.S.W, singlet style Speedo swimming costume, Paddy Pallin khaki canvas backpack and khaki japara 'A' framed tent, manufactured by "Paddy Made". Some of the objects include items of gear passed down to Milo by his father Myles Dunphy, while others were purchased or assembled by Milo himself. Elements of this kit were used for bushwalking and camping expeditions (and visits to some environmental blockades/protests) throughout Australia, from Tasmania to North Queensland and the Northern Territory. There were also expeditions to New Zealand and Nepal, and some kit items such as Nepalese woollen gloves and cap were collected overseas.

    Pioneering Australian architect, bushwalker and conservationist, Myles Dunphy OBE, (1891-1985), was a passionate advocate and campaigner for the establishment of National Parks. The Mountain Trails Club, which Myles Dunphy established with friends Roy Rudder and Bert Gallop in 1914, led to the development of a bushwalking movement and to the emergence of a voluntary conservation movement. His son, Milo Dunphy AM (1928-1996), also an architect, inherited his fatherÃ?Â?s passion and vision and followed in his footsteps as a bushwalker, explorer and conservationist. Milo Dunphy lead successful campaigns to establish national parks within the Blue Mountains, stood as a candidate in two federal elections, was active in several conservation organizations and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1986. The DunphysÃ?Â? work continues through the Dunphy Wilderness Fund, which spends one million dollars a year (since September 1996) to purchase leasehold and privately held areas of natural significance.

  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from G. Green
    Convict love token from J. Cooper, September 15th 1813
    Convict love token engraved with the names H. Hale and Mary Eater, 1794
    Convict love token inscribed with the initials J.S., 1819

    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.

  • Papuan Official collection(1043)

    Cane cuirass
    Cane cuirass
    Canoe paddle
    Canoe paddle
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Wou Teh Shing, Stone Contractor, Hankow, 29 January 1927
    Purchase slip from Takeda Bros. and Co., 1931
  • Horne-Bowie collection(720)

    Kimberley point
    Glass spearhead
  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Hall of Champions award
    Blue hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1975-1976
    FIFA Centennial Order of Merit medal
    Johnny Warren's Soccer Coaching Clinic wheel chart

    The John 'Johnny' Warren Collection includes an extensive range of materials detailing his days playing for junior teams in the Botany area of South Sydney in the 1950s, through his senior club years in the 1960s and 1970s, and national representative career as a Socceroo from 1965 to 1974. The collection also details Warren's later work as a soccer coach and administrator, journalist and television commentator, and incorporates files and publications related to his work as a government advisor and advocate for the sport.

    Warren was Australia's most famous soccer player who tirelessly championed a sport regarded as a minor footballing code in this country. An attacking midfielder of great speed and skill, he played in the NSW State League and was chosen to represent Australia in 1965. His national representative career stretched over a decade, culminating in his participation in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. After retiring as a player, Warren worked as a coach, administrator, journalist and television commentator promoting the sport he loved. He became the face of Australian soccer, championing the sport for many years through a long and cherished partnership with his colleague and friend Les Murray on SBS Television.