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  • Dr Karel Kupka collection(71)

    Bark painting 'Map of painter's travell [sic] by plane from Yirrkala to Sydney' by Mawalan Marika, Yirrkala, 1963
    Bark painting 'Couple of Mimi Spirits' by Paddy Compass Namatbara, Croker Island, 1963
    Bark painting 'Three Mimi men, spirits of rocks, and turtle' by Yirawala, Croker Island, 1963
    Bark painting titled Snakes and Lizards by Mithinarri Gurruwiwi, Yirrkala, 1963
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from H. Rye, 1834
    Convict love token from John Bryan, 1835
    Convict love token from Scott
    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Balmoral House, Katoomba
    Home Leigh, North Botany
    6WF Musical Comedy Company
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Bark painting depicting the spirit Nawongberd and his four wives by Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru
    Bark painting 'Cut-up Kangaroo ready for Ceremonial cooking' by Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru, Gunbalanya, 1974
    Bark painting 'Two possums climbing the tree of life with bird guardian at top' by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1977
  • University of Sydney School of Engineering collection(28)

    SNOCOM computer used by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority
    Diary - COLLINS / AUSTRALIAN / DIARY / 1961 / NO. 144'
    Rolled formula chart plans accompanying SNOCOM computer used by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority
  • Bob Marshall collection no. 1(10)

    Enfield 2-Band .577 percussion cavalry carbine

    Two labels that arrived with the objects 2001.0028.0001 and 2001.0028.0002.

    Document - 'Police Station Binalong / 16th August 1910 / Rough sketch of the death and depredations of John / Gilbert, Bush-ranger, by H. Pasley'
    Keys from 'D' Type black metal handcuffs, about 1930

    The Bob Marshall (Part One) Collection comprises a Miner's pistol, an Enfield Cavalry percussion carbine, a Calisher & Terry percussion carbine and three sets of handcuffs. None of these objects has a known history but each is representative of general law-and-order issues in colonial Australia, particularly the role of police and issues associated with personal self-defence.

    The institutions of law and order established in Australia after 1788 reflected those of Britain and Ireland. A diversity of police forces were developed to meet specific needs but, at times, appeared powerless to control the excesses of convict bolters and bushrangers. Centralisation and re-arming of police forces in the 1850s and 1860s, draconian legislation, high rewards, secret police and Aboriginal trackers were all employed in the fight against bushranging. The weapons are from a time when controls on the possession and use of firearms were less restrictive than they are today. Issues associated with the control of firearms have been hotly debated nationally for many years, with successive Australian governments moving steadily toward increasing restrictions on their availability and use.

  • John Tait collection(1)

    1866 Melbourne Cup
  • Hanna Lemberg collection(4)

    Purple grey woollen shift dress
    Blue grey zip front shift dress
    Brown hand-knitted cardigan
    Brown woollen coat

    The Hanna Lemberg collection comprises four woollen garments all hand made and worn by Hanna Lemberg (1899-1998). The four pieces include a grey woollen shift, lined long brown woollen coat, blue-grey zip front shift, and dark purple hand knitted cardigan. They demonstrate Lemberg's interest in natural fibres including pure wool, cotton and linen, natural colours, and simple lines. Her garments were almost always cut on the square, simple in design, with crocheted seams being a distinctive feature of her hand made clothes.

    Hanna Lemberg was a textile artist whose works included tapestries, clothing and rugs. Both Hanna and her husband, prominent biochemist Max Rudolph (Rudi) Lemberg lived the Quaker faith in Australia. The Lembergs became Members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in late 1954, having been helped in their migration to Australia by the Society in London. Hanna embraced the Quaker faith throughout all aspects of her life. The clothing made and worn by Hanna are a physical reflection of her religious beliefs, which shaped her appreciation of the environment and aesthetics.