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  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(4603)

    Child's drawing - Purukupali carrying baby son to tree watched by many people by unknown artist
    Child's drawing - landscape with hill and palm trees, by Lillian Banbapuy Ganambarr
    String bag
    Child's drawing
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7625)

    Watering the cattle
    Rose Bay. N.S.Wales.
    Panorama showing Firebrace Street, Horsham, Vic
    Sydney Hospital, Sydney
  • Professor H Davies collection(7)

    Deep oval concaved wooden container
  • Thompson Family collection(335)

    Book titled 'First Aid to the Injured' present to Scout Edward Burge
    Two letters, one from the Official Secretary to the Governor General informing Edna Thompson of postponement of her B.E.M. investiture, the other an acknowledgement of the change of date
    Metal badge for 'The Women's League of Health. Movement is life'
    Cream coloured miniature china plate
  • Macks Southwell collection(13)

    Cricket ball
    Cricket ball
    Purple exercise book
    Two red leather cricket balls held in a leather case

    The objects in this collection illustrate the clothing and gear used by Australian women playing cricket in the 1930s. The collection was used by Nina Southwell, a member of the Hall Women's Cricket Club between the 1930s to 1950s. It consists of a pair of batting gloves, a pair of wicket keeping gloves, a pair of batting pads, a pair of stockings, a hat, a cricket bat, a bottle of cricket bat oil, a leather ball holder with two balls inside, three cork balls and a minute book containing three dockets. Southwell started playing competition cricket in the late 1920s. She was the only daughter in a family of seven children. Several other families in the district who with one or two daughters formed the Hall Women's Cricket Club in the late 1920s. Nina was Club Secretary and Treasurer at several times and the minute book is a memento of this time. Nina was a prominent player in the Canberra District. She was selected in 1935 to play in the Canberra and District Team against the touring English side. The Canberra Times on the 9th of January 1935 remarked, "Nina Southwell...A bowler of good length and direction, with the ability to flight the ball, she is a vigorous hard hitting type of bat." The Canberra District competition was organised by the Blue Triangle Association and the program outlines the results of a season's playing.
    There was a rapid growth in women's cricket from the 1920s which culminated in the 1934-1935 Tour of Australia by the English Team and the return 1937 Tour to England by the Australians. Women participating in the sport during this period often had to be lucky to find teams in which to participate. This is evident in Nina Southwell's story with the Hall Women's Cricket Team being formed out of the desire of these young women to play the sport. This was a fairly common experience and women's cricket became a sport organised by women for women. The extent to which women became involved in their organisations is once again documented in the Southwell Collection. Without such dedication, these local groups would have floundered. Through the fostering of local competitions, interest in women's cricket grew during the 1930s and culminated in the Test Tours

  • Winifred Hilliard collection no. 2(310)

    Child's drawing by Tjimpayi, Ernabella SA
    Child's drawing from Ernabella
    Child's drawing by Tyimpayi, Ernabella SA
    Cotton batik sample by an unknown child, Ernabella SA

    Winifred Hilliard collection no. 2 comprises a wide range of art and craft items including batik fabrics and clothing, pokerwork animals, acrylic paintings and children's drawings.

    Ernabella Arts is significant as one of the longest running Aboriginal art centres. Started in 1949, its artists are mainly women although men have been participating at an increasing rate of late. Over the years, many product lines have been attempted with batik being one of the most successful. It was introduced by Winifred Hilliard who was arts co-ordinator at Ernabella between 1954 and 1986. She is fondly remembered there largely due to role of assisting the artists rather than directing them what forms of art and craft to produce. In terms of the history of indigenous art and craft production in Australia both Ernabella Arts and Deaconess Hilliard hold significant postions.

  • Robert Croll Indigenous Artefacts collection(150)

    Timber boomerang from a key ring, 1938
    Boomerang adorned with pokerwork foliage designs and a bird, attributed to Tommy Foster, Lake Tyers, Victoria
    Boomerang featuring a painted emu and a piece of animal fur, attributed to Bill Onus
    Boomerang, attributed to the Geelong region

    This collection of 150 objects shows the agency of Indigenous people in designing and making 'tourist' artefacts and demonstrates their engagement with the non-Indigenous economy. It expands the NMA's collection of these often overlooked 'tourist, souvenir', Aboriginal objects.

    The attribution of many of the artefacts in this collection to particular artists and places is a significant element of this collection, as artefacts by known artists are difficult to obtain, and are a useful means of giving agency to Aboriginal histories. The NMA has very few Indigenous artefacts with artists attributed to them.

  • Injalak Arts & Craft collection(8)

    Pandanus round coil mat, Gunbalanya NT
    Injalak Arts and Crafts Association Gunbalanya. N.T.
    Yingana, Creation Mother, Injalak Arts Centre, Gunbalanya N.T
    Pandanus basket

    The lnjalak Arts and Crafts Association collection consists of eight West Arnhem Land artworks purchased at Oenpelli in 1997: Pandanus basket and bowl by Priscilla Badari, pandanus mats by Anita Nayinggul, Rita Namartnyilk and Kathy Garnarradj; two T-shirts with Injalak Arts and Crafts Association Inc. logo and two metres of printed fabric by Merrill Girrabul.

    Injalak Arts and Crafts is one of a number of arts centres established in Aboriginal communities in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It is part of a broader strategy by Aboriginal Australians to achieve goals of cultural maintenance and economic self determination. Injalak distributes to major urban centres and also to shops within Kakadu National Park. This collection represents the types of items more commonly purchased by national and international tourists, and which provide income for women artists.