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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    'Mr. Philip Wirth and his Trained Horses in Action.
    Soldiers Memorial, Parramatta Park
    Remembrance, Goulburn, 1904
    The Lane Cove River from St. Ignatius College Reserve, Sydney, N.S.W
  • Papuan Official collection(1042)

    Carved human head
    Dance wand
    Dance wand
    Canoe ornament
  • Adrian Luck collection no. 1(56)

    Heliopolis Red Cross Hospital, Cairo
    Australian Engineers, Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Greeting card 'France, Christmas 1916'
    Heliopolis Camp, Cairo
    Malta-Maltese Cab (Carrozin)
  • Snowy Scheme - Snowy Hydro collection(46)

    Pair of brown leather work boots associated with the Snowy Scheme
    Large light box showing the respective locations of the Snowy Mountains Scheme
    Large timber-framed light box, with a panel showing the Snowy Mountains Scheme in cross section
    Large light box showing the respective locations of the Snowy Mountains Scheme

    The Snowy Scheme - Snowy Hydro Collection consists of a variety of objects relating to the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. These include stream gauging meters, snow survey tubes, work boots, jackhammers, a rock bolt, drill cores, models, surveyors' record sheets, interpretative light boxes, a snow-clearing sign, and a sporting cup.

    The Snowy Scheme is Australia's largest engineering work and one of the great engineering feats of the world. Designed to produce irrigation water and electricity, the Scheme took 25 years to construct, 1949-74. Including 7 power stations, 16 dams and 225 kilometres of aqueducts and tunnels, the Scheme was built by a workforce of 100,000 people, two-thirds of whom came from overseas. The scheme played a major part in making Australia multi-cultural, and also in developing Australia's manufacturing, technical and engineering capacities. This collection, consisting of a broad range of Snowy objects, reflects many aspects of the Scheme, from investigation, construction and social life through to promotion of the Scheme to the public.

  • Australian Republican Movement collection(20)

    A Resident For President
    Vote Yes for our Republic
    I want an Australian Head of State...
    Unpainted wooden dowel pole

    The Australian Republic Movement (ARM) Collection consists of 19 items of political ephemera used in the 1999 Republic Referendum Campaign by the pro republic organisation ARM. THE collection includes leaflets, banners, t-shirts, balloons and badges. The items are representative of the material used to promote an Australian republic during the referendum campaign.

    The Australian Republican Movement was formed in July 1991. The movement was established around the central aim that Australia's Head of State would be an Australian citizen chosen by Australians. In the 1999 Republic Referendum ARM were the major non-partisan political organisation to support the Yes campaign.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Richard Crucknell, 1831
    Convict love token from J. Haley, 1833
    Convict love token from B. Watson, 1829
    Convict love token from Charls Tarrier, 1832

    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.

  • Ellen Rogers collection(15)

    Silver plated metal and horse-hair hair brush
    Dressing case containing two hair brushes, two clothes brushes, a comb and a mirror
    Timber dressing case covered in imitation black leather, with blue velvet interior
    Souvenir half main bearing of the Central Engine from the Southern Cross used on Pacific, Australian, Tasman and English flights 1928-1929

    The Ellen Rogers collection consists of fifteen items of memorabilia associated with Australian aviation pioneers, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm. The collection consist of a half-size bronze life-mask of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith; full-size bronze life-mask of Charles Ulm; propeller hub of an Australian National Airways Ltd (ANA) Avro X Lynx engine; half-main bearing removed from the central engine of the 'Southern Cross' aircraft after the 1928 trans-Pacific flight; Charles Ulm's attaché case; framed composite photograph with dedication; black and white photograph of 'Faith in Australia'; commemorative wall clock mounted in a propeller; and a velvet covered timber dressing case containing silver plated brushes, comb and mirror. The objects in this collection, many of them presented as gifts to Rogers, reflect the respect and affection Kingsford Smith and Ulm held for their secretary whom they referred to as 'Rog'.

    In 1928, Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm became the first aviators to cross the Pacific Ocean by air in the 'Southern Cross'. With two American crewmembers, they took off from Oakland, California, on 31 May 1928 and flew via Hawaii and Suva to Brisbane, completing the historic 11,585 kilometre crossing in 83 hours, 38 minutes, of flying time. Kingsford Smith and Ulm were awarded the Air Force Cross and given honorary commissions in the Royal Australian Air Force. In December 1928, they founded Australian National Airways Ltd (ANA) as a passenger, mail and freight service between cities and towns in eastern Australia. Mounting financial difficulties forced ANA to suspend all passenger services in June 1931, and the company entered voluntary liquidation in February 1933. The two aviators died tragically while pursing their interests - Ulm disappearing in December 1934 flying between California and Hawaii, and Kingsford Smith lost without trace in 1935 off the coast of Burma. Ellen Rogers was employed as secretary to Kingsford Smith and Ulm following the trans-Pacific flight, during the establishment and operation of ANA, and continued working as private secretary to Charles Ulm until his death.

  • John Harvey collection(1)

    1948 36hp Daimler landaulette as used in the 1954 Royal Tour of Australia

    This Daimler DE 36 landaulette came to the attention of National Museum of Australia curators during research into transport used for the Royal Tour of Australia in 1954. The Museum acquired the car from a private collector in South Australia in August 2009. This impressive four-ton vehicle is coachbuilt by Hooper and Co. on a Daimler 'straight eight' chassis. At almost 6 metres long, it is finished in black with Royal blue side panels and red pin-striping. Luxurious interior fittings include cream cord and blue leather upholstery, a walnut dash, silk window blinds and engraved glass light fittings.

    Primarily an iconic reminder of the Royal Tour, this vehicle has strong relevance to broad areas of Australian history and can be used to address the themes of royal transport, the monarchy in Australia and innovation in the motor industry. The vehicle's subsequent ownership ably illustrates other aspects of history, such as Daimler's fall from favour and the lasting impact of the Royal Tour on a generation of Australians. This acquisition is representative of a remarkable small number of vehicles to be fabricated for the Royal Tour and as such is extremely rare.