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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Lookout, Jemmey's Point, Lakes Entrance, Vic
    Postcard featuring a sepia photograph image of
    1916 Easter Show Supplements
    Coogee Bay, Sydney
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Members ticket to the Marylebone Cricket Club England 1934
    Photograph of the Australian Cricket team
    Black and white team photograph of the 1913 Australian Cricket team on tour to Canada and the U.S.A.
    Edgar Richard Mayne's Australian cricket team cap
  • Daryl Blaxland collection No 2(2)

    Brick from Fordwich House
    Brick from Fordwich House

    The Daryl Blaxland collection No 2 comprises two convict bricks from the foundations of Fordwich House near Broke, NSW. Each brick measures 220mm x 70mm x 105mm, weighs about 2.2kg and features a diamond-shaped depression to one of the large faces. Daryl Blaxland (b1925) - a scion of pioneer John Blaxland (1769-1845) of Fordwich, Kent - collected the bricks from a pile of the Fordwich home's half-buried foundations on a walk through the then deserted property in the late 1960s.

    John Blaxland was a captain in the Duke of York's Cavalry until he resigned to manage the family estates at Newington in Kent, England. Promised many 'indulgences' in the colony of New South Wales - including land, free passage and convicts - his brother Gregory arrived in Sydney with his family in 1806, while John stayed on to sell their English estates and arrived on 3 April 1807. John had agreed to invest �£6000 in the colony and arrived with his wife and children, household staff, supplies and equipment. Considered difficult men by successive governors, the brothers shared close business interests in New South Wales and both contributed significantly to the life of the colony. They encouraged the cattle industry and produced some of NSW's earliest wine, while John also held a prominent place in colonial politics. An early supporter of trial by jury, he was a non-official member of the Legislative Council from 1829 to 1843. In 1843, he was reappointed to the partly-elective council and served until his retirement in 1844. He died at the family's NSW 'Newington' property on 5 August 1845.

  • Nettie McColive collection(189)


    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Michael Cook collection(10)

    Undiscovered #7, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #4, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #3, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #9, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010

    The collection comprises a suite of ten inkjet prints on archival Hahnemuhle photo rag paper by Michael Cook, Bidjara artist of southwest Queensland.

    The prints are elegant, dreamlike and beautiful, featuring unlikely images of an Aboriginal man dressed in the red-coated garb of a British soldier of the 18th century wading in the breaking waters of the Australian surf. In may of the images he is juxtaposed with a native creature and some object of colonial nature. The collection is an important addition to the National Historical Collection as it explores the nature of colonial and Indigenous difference from an Indigenous perspective, and provides a vehicle through which discussions about colonisation of the land may be held.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Dancing Ceremony of spear country by Djardie Ashley
    Landscape painting.
    Hunting Boomerang
    Painting of sea creatures

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • Sir Hubert Opperman collection no. 2(216)

    Single cufflink
    Paris - Brest - Paris, 1891-1991 [cycling]
    Collector's silver-plated teaspoon bearing figure of cyclist

    The Sir Hubert Opperman Collection No. 2, comprises 181 objects relating to his cycling, political and RAAF careers. Items of note include a silver tray presented to him for duties as Immigration Minister in 1966; Knights Bachelor Medal awarded by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968; and a Basque Beret worn when he was awarded the Gold Medal of Paris in 1991 by Jacques Chirac.

    Sir Hubert Opperman, or 'Oppy' has he was affectionately known, became a household name in the 1920s and 1930s as a result of his cycling achievements. He set 101 state, national and world records and was the public face of Malvern Star Bicycle Company. From 1949 to1972, Opperman pursued a career in politics, holding several portfolios for the Liberal party, and became Australia's first High Commissioner to Malta in 1966. He was knighted in1968 and retired from politics in 1972. Sir Hubert Opperman died in 1996 at the aged of 92.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    'Wilkinkarra Men's Camp', painted by Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, 1975
    Painting depicts a kangaroo
    Painting depicts two male figures
    The Two Women Dreaming by Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi 1974-75