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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Sepia coloured photograph of Mosman Bay, NSW
    Perth - W. Australia, Hat Str.
    Boondara showing horse teams hitched to wagons loaded with wool bales.
    Scenes - Australian Coast
  • E Milne collection(652)

    Top grinding stone [stone implement]
    Aboriginal breastplate for Peter, King of Tchanning
    Aboriginal breastplate for Joey, Chief of Petraman
    Aboriginal breastplate for Mr Briney of Pialliway
  • David Allen medals collection(111)

    Port Phillip Farmers Society 1859 'Hay Cart'
    Liverpool Plains P A & H Association 1877 'Arab Stallion'
    Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia 1903 'Suffolk Punch Entire'
    Northern Agricultural Association 1895 'Pair of Ponies'

    The David Allen medals collection comprises 111 prize medals awarded at rural and urban agricultural shows across Australia from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries. Medals in the collection are in good to reasonable condition.

    Agricultural and industrial associations formed across rural and urban Australia to foster the development of modern farming systems by promoting new scientific and technological methods. The annual show emerged as a key arena in which the hard work and skill of primary producers were acknowledged and rewarded. Shows also served significant social functions, providing regular occasions to develop and celebrate community ties. Show prizes record the spread and character of rural activities. Medals in the David Allen medals collection feature diverse representations of industrial equipment and rural produce, suggesting the role of the show in characterising agricultural activity as a process of making fruitful the unruly and unfamiliar 'natural' terrains of Australia.

  • Donovan Family collection(5)

    Telegram addressed to Lieutenant Commodore J Donovan regarding the birth of his son, 1942
    Sterling silver cigarette box presented to Lieutenant Commander Jack Donovan, RAN
    St. Andrew's Church Wahroonga Parish News
    Bassinette and stand

    The Donovan Collection No. 2 comprises a silver cigarette box, bassinette, telegram and parish newsletter. The cigarette box was a gift for the donor's parents, Lieutenant Commander Jack Donovan and Dr Ella Donovan on the occasion of their wedding in 1941. The bassinette, telegram and parish newsletter relate to the birth of their first son John in 1942. The National Museum of Australia already holds Mrs Donovan's wedding dress which was donated in 1990.

    The set of items on offer relate the experiences of one family during the Second World War: to wider issues surrounding war-time marriage, population growth, infant welfare groups and rationing. Jack and Ella married in 1941, and their first child John was born in February 1942, in the period before war time rationing was enforced in Australia. During the war, the birth rate in Australia rose significantly encouraged by policies of population growth, Ella's experiences of motherhood would have been inflected by her own medical training as an obstetrician and gynaecologist and by a wider social emphasis on mothercraft and child welfare.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Grand stand at East Melbourne Cricket Ground
    High Park, Toronto, Canada.
    Bottle green cricket cap with insignia the
    Length of chestnut coloured horse hair from the horse
  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Nandi Sacred Bull, Banares
    Letter from Joan Richmond - Montelimar
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - London
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Italy

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.

  • Brad West collection(5)

    Vegemite Bar ANZAC t-shirt
    Anzac Day Cricket Match flyer
    'Anzac Day 25th April 1998 Gallipoli Tour Book here'.
    Souvenir brass disc from Gallipoli
  • Diana Boyer collection(137)

    'Regulations for all rural workers involved in the Cropping Cycle of a GMO' by Diana Boyer
    'Cropping Bobbara' by Diana Boyer
    '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.