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  • E Redlich collection(24)

    Price list from Hermannsburg Mission, 1961
    Consignment note addressed to Mr E Redlich from the Jinke River Mission dated the 6 December 1961
    Typed invoice addressed to Mr E Redlich from the Church Missionary Society dated the 10 July 1956.
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Entrance to Botanic Gardens, Sydney
    The Blue Mts NSW Orphan Rock Katoomba
    Kitty in her canoe
    Trans-Australian Railway - Wild Harry
  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Minyipuru' by Nora Nangapa, 2008
    Fibre basket by Noreena Kadibil, 2008
    'Paraku and Walmajarri People' by Veronica Lulu, 2007
    Fibre basket by Rosie Williams, 2008

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Valentine Castings, 1838
    Convict love token from W.R. McKay, 1835
    Convict love token from Charles Vale, 1832
    Convict love token from J. Gollar, 1837

    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.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(425)

    Lantern slide - Pineapple plantation, Charles Point, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905
    Film negative - Horse pulling sulky beside houses, Eucla, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Members of vice-regal party standing around three Dort cars, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
    Glass plate negative - two men with cuts of meat hanging from roof of dwelling, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905 or 1911
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Wou Teh Shing, Stone Contractor, Hankow, 29 January 1927
    Purchase slip from Takeda Bros. and Co., 1931
    Cocktail Party Invitation to Mr K.H. Aumuller, 16 April 1964, London
  • John Boddington collection(2)

    Ruined dashboard clock from Australian National Airways Avro X aircraft 'Southern Cloud', which crashed in 1931
    Cardboard box used to store the ruined dashboard clock from the 'Southern Cloud' aircraft crash site.

    The John Boddington Collection consists of the remains of the clock from the instrument panel of the aircraft Southern Cloud.

    Southern Cloud, operated by Australian National Airways, crashed in 1931 during appalling weather on the Sydney-Melbourne route. The wreck was not found in the subsequent search and the mystery of the plane's disappearance captured the nation's attention during the dark days of the Depression. It was Australia's first major civil aviation disaster. Only in 1958 - and quite by accident - was the wreckage found by a worker on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. A significant outcome of the crash was a recommendation for the adoption of radio in civil aircraft in Australia, enabling changed weather forecasts to be conveyed to aircrews. The loss of Southern Cloud and the eight persons on board played a part in creating safer air travel for all Australians. The surviving handful of damaged clock components forms a poignant and graphic reminder of the dangers of flying in the 1930s.

  • E Milne collection(652)

    Aboriginal breastplate for John Neville, King of Mahaderree
    Aboriginal breastplate for Neddy, King of Neis Valley
    Aboriginal breastplate for Timothy, Chief of Merricumbene
    Aboriginal breastplate for James Fearnought, King of Merigal