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  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token captioned
    Convict love token from John Woodfield, 1831
    Convict love token captioned
    Convict love token engraved with the names M. Walker and E. Jefferys, 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.

  • Ruth Oldfield collection(27)

    Feb 13-18, 1925, Hobbs Stumped Oldfield, Bowled Ryder 66
    Black and white photograph titled 'The Famous Catch', 1925
    Cricket scene showing W.R. 'Wally' Hammond and W.A. 'Bert' Oldfield
    Australian Imperial Forces cricket team flag, 1919
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Weapon - Spear
    Weapon - Spearthrower
    Painting depicts a large, wide-bodied serpent horizontally across bark and six fish
    Spear with hafted stone head
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Split cane circular basket
    Wawilak at Mirramina.
    Painting depicts a crocodile and other creatures
    Painting depicts four water goannas, the sons of
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Yarram Agricultural Society 78th Annual Show, 1960 for first prize for a jug cover
    Second prize awarded for 'Round Rose Tablecloth' at Euroa Agricultural & Pastoral Society 78th Annual Show
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Open cut, Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill
    Native Bear and Aboriginal Lighting a Fire
    Fairy-Beauty rocks a babe
    Young man in a suit standing beside an outdoor seat
  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Sydney
    Handwritten letter to Joan Richmond from her mother, 1932
    Second of a set of three postcards from Joan Richmond - England
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - London

    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.

  • Fred Daly collection(476)

    Photograph of Bill Hayden and Fred Daly outside Parliament House
    Photograph of Bill Hayden and Fred Daly
    Album containing 109 pages photographs of Fred Daly with various people at a variety of events and places