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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Post Office, Bowral, 1909
    Cambridge Street, Rocks, Sydney
    Sketches of Tommy's life - Out on rest - No 6
    Postcard featuring a coloured head portrait of a lady wearing a black hat and red feather plume
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Unidentified Island
    Wooden paddle
    Weapon - Spearthrower
    Bark painting - Djunkgao and Madalait at Arnhem Bay
  • The Christensen Fund collection no. 1(67)

    Fishing No.1
    Portraits of the aboriginal inhabitants
    Native tombs and modes of disposing of their dead
    Native dwellings
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Expedition buggy on bed of Todd River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Film negative - People in front of shelter, possibly at Yalata station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Punch (Arrerika) watering camels, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Film negative - A lone huntsman, photographed by Herbert Basedow, Petermann Ranges, Northern Territory, 1926
  • Maningrida Arts and Crafts 02/09/1974 collection(32)

    Painting depicts a fresh water crocodile
    Painting depicts
    Painting depicts the rectangle hollow log used as a gong in the Yabadorowa ceremony
    Painting depicts the hollow logs used in the gong ceremony and
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from James Kelly, 1818
    Convict love token for Mary Gibbs, 1787
    Convict love token from William Brain, 1838
    Convict love token engraved with the name Frost

    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.

  • Stella Coulter collection(2)

    Botany notebook

    Needlework for Student Teachers

  • History of Netball - Margaret Pewtress collection(68)

    Interstate carnival 26th August 1968
    VWBBA A Grade Runners- Up 1959 won by Melbourne Blue
    Second World Netball Tournament Australia 1967
    WNBBAV A Grade Runners- Up, Autumn 1960 won by Aberfeldie

    The History of Netball collection consists of material relating to the history of national and international level netball in Australia from the 1930s to the present day. The collection of thirty three objects has been formed through donations by seven separate donors representing different eras and roles in netball history.

    Sport has always been a large part of Australian life and Australians have always enjoyed success on the international sporting arena. Australian women in particular have consistently been high achievers in international sporting events and netball is one sport where this has been proven repeatedly. The sport evolved and developed in Commonwealth Countries in the early 1900s. In Australia this resulted in a unique local style and a strong Australian contribution to international rules and standards of play. Netball enjoys the third highest participant rate among all sports played in Australia, is the most popular women's sport and is enjoyed both in the country and the city.