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  • Audrey Johnson collection(28)

    Hiroshima Never Again
    Arms are for linking
    Take the toys away from the boys - Disarm
    Nuclear Base - No Nuclear War
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Sandhill vegetation, near Lake Wilson, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Film negative - Woman holding baby on her back, Denial Bay, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Film negative - Tree blazed by Herbert Basedow, Glen Ferdinand, South Australia , photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Approach to Richmond, from North Bank of Yarra Yarra, in the 'Fifties'
    Collaroy Beach from Greenwood's Roof Garden
    Hospital Buildings, Brisbane Q.
    A lovely glimpse through the gums, Lorne, Vic
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from George Rain, 1831
    Convict love token from Nathaniel Thorne, 1831
    Convict love token from G. Emms, 1828
    Convict love token from James Kelly, 1818

    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.

  • Jack Heenan collection(25)

    GMH Pointers
    Two sets of playing cards within a box, featuring the logo of the FJ Holden
    Holden tiepin
    GMH Pointers, 1974

    The Jack Heenan collection comprises memorabilia, artwork, clothing accessories and industry journals relating to the career of Jack Heenan who worked for General Motors Holden (GMH) from 1935 until his retirement in 1974. He began his career working in forecasting, but later transferred to the sales department. These objects were used by Mr Heenan in his daily working life.

    GMH has played an important role in the history of Australian motor transport. The early model Holdens (the FX and FJ) are among the most recognisable cultural artefacts of 1950s and 1960s Australia. Motoring memorabilia illustrates the passionate connection some people feel towards motoring and Holden cars. The creation of marketing symbols as functional and collectible items also demonstrates the nature of Holden's powerful marketing campaigns. This collection of objects also traces the evolution of Australia's motoring history, Holden's own sense of its history and connection to post-war development, and Holden's continuing prominence in the popular imagination.

  • Igor Zorich collection(32)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point - glass
  • Martin Boyd Pottery Tumbler collection(1)

    Painted ceramic tumbler made by Martin Boyd

    The Martin Boyd Pottery Tumbler collection inlcudes a Martin Boyd Pottery 'Darwin' series yellow and green glazed tumbler with a design featuring a crouching male Aboriginal warrior.

    The Martin Boyd tumbler is an excellent example of the wave of Aboriginal art inspired decorative ceramics that swept the domestic Australian manufacturing market in the decades post-WWII. The object is a significant piece of 'Australiana' in the field of ceramics dating from the early 1950s, a time when artists from predominantly European backgrounds were searching for ways to introduce a unique sense of 'Australianness' into everyday art and design. Inspiration was found by embracing, and in many ways distorting, Aboriginal culture and art to suit the local domestic and export markets.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Kalyuyangku' by Richard Yukenbarri (Yugumbari), 2007
    Fibre basket by Janice Nixon, 2008
    'Puntawarri, Jilakurru and Kumpupirntily' by Dadda Samson and Judith Samson, 2008
    'Lowulowuku Yinta' by Mulyatingki Marney, 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..