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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Bohemian Dramatic Co Sydney & Melbourne - Vene Linden
    College Street, Sydney
    Museum, Sydney, N.S.W
    The fermenting house at model windery of mount Ophir
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from 1762
    Convict love token from E.B.
    Convict love token from J. Dunham, 1835
    Convict love token from G. Emms, 1828

    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.

  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Merit certificate awarded to Ruby Monaghan
    Victorian XI 1936
    Certificate of thanks to Ruby Lee for donating $1 to the Australian Olympic Team, 1984
    Handwritten poem by Keith Dodd
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Charlotte Boyle, 1917
    Black and white photograph of US swimmers Leslie Bunyan, Charlotte Boyle, Alice Lord and Ethelda Bleibtrey
    Black and white photograph of the Tasmanian Team at the Interstate Lacrosse Carnival, Melbourne, 1912
    American and NSW women swimmers at Toowoomba, Queensland, 1911
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Sugarbag Dreaming by Jimmy Wululu
    Landscape painting.
    Bark painting by Dawidi Djulwadak
    Bark painting titled 'Mortuary Ceremony'.

    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.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    The Manangii Miwal finds the Sugarbag Dreaming  (wild honey).
    Wooden decorated carving, 'Jabiru', from Melville or Bathurst Island
    Wooden decorated dotting comb from Melville or Bathurst Island
    Inv: 'Dance of the long-legged Swamp Bird', on Bark: 'Diver Duck Dance'
  • E Milne collection(652)

    Kimberley point
    Retouched flake [stone implement]
    Top grinding stone [stone implement]
    Kimberley point
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Crown Point, very near the Finke River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
    Film negative - Ullparidja people, Tomkinson Range, north of Mt Davies, South  Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Balami and his wife Indamun, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Film negative - Group of people, Mount Currie, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926