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  • Emanuel Family collection(121)

    Silver medallion of Agricultural Society of NSW presented to S Emanuel in 1879
    Silver medallion fom Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia presented to S Emanuel in 1905
    Silver medallion presented to S Emanuel to commemorate the visit of HRH Prince Alfred in 1868
    Emanuel Brothers stamp
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white autographed photographic postcard of Mary E, 1917
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Ethelda Bleibtrey receiving Olympic trophies from the King of Belgium, 1920
    Autographed photograph of Australian swimmer Fanny Durack
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Lucy Freeman
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A Re-entry
    Section Grocery and Ironmonery Depts, Slack and Gander, Hornsby
    Aboriginal Mia Mias, Murray River, N. Queensland.
    Postcard showing seven trophies
  • Judy Horacek collection no. 2(5)

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

    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.

  • Barry Williams collection(60)

    Scout's Ambulance Man badge certificate
    Scout's Leatherworker badge certificate
    Scout's Friend to Animals badge certificate
    Scout's Cyclist badge certificate

    The Barry Williams collection comprises 53 items of 1940s scout memorabilia, including awards and items of uniform from the Surry Hills scout troop, Sydney. Awards such as badges, cords, shoulder tabs and dated certificates are a complete material record of the donor's progress from scout to king's scout. The collection contains the full range of awards available to scouts in the 1940s, except for two awards.

    This collection records a scouting experience that is typically Australian. The 1940s marks a stage of great popularity for the Scouting movement when they were a very visible presence in Australia. The Surry Hills scout troop was disbanded in the 1990s, the demise of the group was probably caused by the changing demographic and social values, of the people living in Surry Hills. This collection is a record of a past urban scouting experience in Australia. It is also evocative of some of the social changes that have taken place in Australia, that have contributed to the decrease in popularity, of the scouting movement.

  • Tooloyn Koortakay collection(28)

    Thanambool Yana
    Parrangkeeyt - loin ornament
    Stretched possum skin with wooden pegs
    Possum pelt with poker work designs burnt into the skin, and ochre added to the incised markings

    The Tooloyn Koortakay Collection comprises thirty pieces including a reproduction of the Maiden's Punt Yorta Yorta possum skin cloak collected in 1853, a reproduction of the Lake Condah Gunditjmara possum skin cloak collected in 1872, pastel drawings, lino cuts, etchings, possum skin dance ornaments and a selection of tools for making possum skin cloaks. As the cloaks were well over one hundred years old and slowly deteriorating, Lee Darroch, Treahna Hamm, Vicki Couzens and Debra Couzens undertook the project as a commitment to cultural regeneration.

    Possum skin cloaks are a significant aspect of Aboriginal cultural heritage from Victoria and other parts of southeastern Australia. Prior to 1830 almost every person had his or her own possum skin cloak to wear during winter and use for a mattress or blanket. Cloaks were incised with designs representing clan identity, animals, plants and natural features. As there are only five cloaks from this region known to exist in the world, the Tooloyn Koortakay collection is an important historical record as well as a significant expression of contemporary cultural change and identity.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from F. Buck, 1830
    Convict love token from John Harris, 1829
    Convict love token from John Gardiner
    Convict love token from S. Hart, 1844

    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.

  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Handwritten note
    Handwritten poem
    Drawing of Ruby Monaghan and Hazel Pritchard
    Certificate of thanks to Ruby Lee for donating $1 to the Australian Olympic Team, 1984