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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Middle Harbor, Sydney
    Red flowering gum, red gum (white blossoms)
    The Ocean Baths, Newcastle, NSW
    Sydney Heads
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from I.W.B., 1832
    Convict love token from Joseph Taylor, 1845
    Convict love token from Ned Sims, 1856
    Convict love token from J. Gollar, 1837

    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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Coloured pencil illustration of flowers
    Envelope addressed to Mrs A. I. Maple Brown
    Embroidery patterns
    Oakhampton Castle

    The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

    Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    Fibre basket by Yikartu Bumba, 2008
    'Kinyu' by Eubena Nampitjin and Jane Gimme, 2007
    'Natawalu' by Mayapu Elsie Thomas, 2007
    'Ngurti' by Mayapu Elsie Thomas, 2007

    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..

  • Dulcie May Magnus collection(30)

    Bifold brass plate for punching braille
    Perkins Brailler
    20 wooden and metal braille punches
    Numerical braille plate

    The Dulcie May Magnus Collection consists of a Perkins Brailler, 16 assorted wood and metal awls, metal folding ruler with punch holes, and various printed material.
    Dulcie Magnus used these objects in her work for the Royal Blind Society.

    Dulcie Magnus worked for the Royal Blind Society for over twenty years, transcribing music into Braille and large print piano music. Mrs Magnus also organised the first Australian Braille Music Seminar held at the Royal Blind Society in Sydney, 1980. She was honoured with many awards acknowledging her work with the Royal Blind Society, including the Order of Australia Medal in 1992.

  • Maningrida Arts and Crafts 02/09/1974 collection(32)

    Painting depicts the hollow logs used in the gong ceremony and
    Painting depicts the rectangle hollow log used as a gong in the Yabadorowa ceremony
    Painting depicts
    Painting depicts the hollow log gongs used in the gong ceremony and
  • Political Cartooning 2006 collection - John Tiedemann(1)

    Nice day at the beach

    The Political Cartooning 2006 collection consists of 109 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum of Australia's 2005 2007 Political cartooning targeted collecting project and the Behind the Lines 2006 political cartooning exhibition. There are 48 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, John Spooner, Mark Knight, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Cathy Wilcox and Ward O'Neill.

    The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics and society in 2006. Major topics addressed within the collection include issues such as the Cronulla race riots; Work Choices policy; the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) scandal; Australia's military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands; the continuing threat of global terrorist attacks; the economy; and global warming. Taken together the collection provides a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2006 and demonstrates the quality of Australian political cartooning and illustration.

  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 4(75)

    Bark painting 'The Eagle Hawk Men, Garagan and Gulmadja, and the Flying Fox Girls' by Mungurrawuy Yunapingu, Yirrkala, 1967
    Bark painting 'Djirird and Damala' by Narritjin Maymuru of Yirrkala, painted Darwin, 1967
    Bark painting 'The Wagilag Story' by Dawidi Djulwadak, Milingimbi, 1967
    Bark painting 'Gubabingu mortuary ceremony' by Binyinyuwuy, Milingimbi, 1967