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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Bullock team, Tuggerah Lakes, NSW
    The Hospital Barraba
    Woodbine House, Lakes Entrance, Vic
    Gannon and Gibson Grocers
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Members of the Mackay Exploring Expedition, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Lantern slide - Youth on raft, Worora people, George Water, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Men working in stockyards, Innamincka station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Film negative - Grass covered shelter, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from W. Griffiths, 1825
    Convict love token engraved with the initials J.T. and S.B., 1827
    Convict love token from W. Stokes, 1831
    Convict love token from T. Jones, 1835

    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.

  • Petronella Wensing collection no. 1(229)

    Pattern for knitting machine
    Certificate with envelope and note
    Pattern for knitting machine
  • Margot Child collection(1215)

    Card of appreciation
    Advertisement from Town and Country Journal, 11 May 1910
    Card expressing good wishes
    Card to accompany cake
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Message stick
    Weapon - Spear
    painting depicts a tall rectangular object, outlined in red with a 'spout' attached at the top
  • History of Netball - Margaret Pewtress collection(68)

    WNBBAV A Grade Runners- Up, Autumn 1960 won by Aberfeldie
    VWBBA A Grade Premiership 1958 - Melbourne Blue
    VWBBA A Grade Premiership 1957 - Melbourne Red
    Letter to Margaret Pewtress from NSW Women's Basketball Association

    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.

  • Horne-Bowie collection(720)

    Utilised flake [stone implement]
    Bottom grinding stone [stone implement]
    Bottom grinding stone [stone implement]