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  • Adrian Luck collection no. 1(56)

    General Military Hospital Heliopolis
    Heliopolis Red Cross Hospital, Cairo
    Cairo - The Tombs of Mamelouks
    Group portrait of Australian soldiers in uniform with rifles in hand
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 5(60)

    Bark painting 'Nimbuwa rock' by Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Gunbalanya, 1968
    Bark painting 'A mam or namandi spirit in Margolidjban' by Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru, Gunbalanya, 1968
    Bark painting 'The mimi man Normogormo on his way from Majong to Guriba' by Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Gunbalanya, 1968
  • Dr Karel Kupka collection(71)

    Bark painting 'Two Mimi Spirits (males) dancing' by Paddy Compass Namatbara, Croker Island, 1963
    Bark painting 'Two Mimi Spirits (males) dancing' by Paddy Compass Namatbara, Croker Island, 1963
    Bark painting titled Salmons and Turtles Fishing by Lipundja, Milingimbi, Northern Territory
    Bark painting 'Three Mimi men, spirits of rocks, and turtle' by Yirawala, Croker Island, 1963
  • Diana Boyer collection(137)

    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'

    The Diana Boyer collection comprises artworks, annotated sketches and other recordings of life on 'Bobbara Creek', a rural property in the Binalong district of southern NSW, between 1981 and 2007. There are twenty eight items and groups of items in the collection. All are in good condition.

    This collection records the imaginative and emotional processes by which Diana Boyer, a migrant from Argentina, settled in an Australian place. The artworks, sketchbooks and other items show Diana's engagement with the ecological particularities of the Binalong district, and with significant issues arising from the social and economic dynamics of colonial history and the present. The items record Diana's exploration of a range of topics related to her life and work on 'Bobbara Creek', including Aboriginal dispossession, the representation of rural women, the value of biological diversity, the broader implications of introducing genetically modified canola to Australia, and the possible consequences of global warming for Australian agriculture.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Untitled work on paper, Yirrkala, 1948
    Bark painting, Kestrels and Chicks
    South East Wind
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Upper Mary St., Gympie, Queensland
    Camp site, with a tent on the left and a man next to a stone chimney
    Sepia photograph of two men & two dogs, with dead birds hung on a wire
    George St. Sydney N.S.W. Showing Q.V. Markets, Town Hall & Railway Towers.
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    New Years card
    The Tourist.
    Marriage of Lilian and Hugh Anderson in front of the main entrance to the Big House at Springfield on their return from their honeymoon

    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.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token for Mary Gibbs, 1787
    Convict love token from William Reynolds, 1829
    Convict love token dated December 1830
    Convict love token from Nathaniel Thorne, 1831

    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.