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  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Copy negative - Dr Herbert Basedow on South Australian Government North-west Expedition, near present-day Granite Downs station, South Australia, photographed by Alfred E. Treloar using Basedow's camera, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Branding horses in stockyard, Innamincka station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Glass plate negative - Rock engravings, Deception Creek, Red Gorge, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, between 1905 and 1914
    Film negative - Travelling in Nullabor station Ford truck, South Australia or Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token engraved with the initials T.P. and M.F., 1846
    Convict love token from Charles Waldron, 1844
    Convict love token engraved with the initials R.T. and C.S., 1833
    Convict love token from Birmingham Bill

    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(7551)

    QSL card for VK6 - MW
    QSL card for VK5LD
    Ocean Beach Narrabeen, NSW
    Delaney's Hotel
  • Bureau of Mineral Resources collection no. 1(534)

    Brockbank & Atkins Chronometer No 1437
    Sharpe brand Dip Circle, Model D1-M, Serial Number 258
    Hunting Adastra Gulf airborne magnetometer
    Sharpe brand Personal Torsion Magnetometer, Serial Number 142
  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - London
    Handwritten letter to Joan Richmond from her mother, 1932
    Envelope to Mrs John Richmond
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - India

    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.

  • Bob Brown collection no. 1(161)

    Bob Brown with Police officers.
    Note with jumper depicting the wild rivers logo by the Tasmanian Wilderness Society.
    Bob Brown rafting down rapids on the Franklin River.
    Protesters and police during the campaign to save the Franklin River.

    This collection of approximately 3000 items consists of ephemera, documents and personal artefacts relates to the life and work of Senator (Bob) Robert James Brown, one of Australia's most prominent conservationists and environmental activists. The collection is particularly strong in relation to ephemera from the 'Save the Franklin' campaign of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but also includes some pro-dam ephemera that shows the opposition's point of view. Material from the earlier 'Save Lake Pedder' campaign is also well represented.

    Dr Bob Brown, a medical doctor, rose to prominence in the late 1970s after taking on the directorship of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society (TWS) and becoming one of Australia's most outspoken and high profile opponents of the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Commission's plans to flood the Gordon and Franklin Rivers in Tasmania's largely untamed southwest. Building on the impetus of earlier campaigns against the flooding of Lake Pedder, the TWS was spectacularly successful in galvanising national public opinion against the Gordon and Franklin dam proposal. This reached its zenith with the 'No Dams' campaign that commenced in 1981 and culminated in the July 1983 decision by the High Court of Australia against the construction of the dam. This decision also had broader political and constitutional ramifications because it was seen by some as an undermining of state rights, while others saw it as a milestone in national conservation awareness that underscored the power of environmental issues in national politics.

    As a result of his very public efforts to preserve Australia's natural heritage Dr Bob Brown was made Australian of the Year in 1983, and received the UNEP Global 500 Award 1987, and the Goldman Environmental Prize USA 1990. He was elected as an independent to the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 1983 and has served as a federal senator for the Australian Greens since 1996.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Envelope addressed to W P Faithfull Springfield Goulburn
    Two Christmas/NewYear greeting cards for 1917 with a verse written by Frances Lilian Anderson

    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.

  • Laurie Nilsen collection(1)

    A Couple of Emus by Laurie Nilsen

    This collection consists of two sculptures titled 'A Couple of Emus' by Laurie Nilsen made from cast aluminium, barbed wire and steel measuring 1750 x 650 x 750mm each.

    The sculptural works visually document Nilsen's reaction to the fencing of his traditional land. As with many of Nilsen's works, these sculptures are political pieces. Nilsen is a political commentator, both as an individual maker and part of the Brisbane urban based contemporary indigenous group, The Campfire Group was established in 1995. Nilsen uses the subject and materials to discuss how regions have been fenced off creating barricades where native animals used to roam. These works are an important colonizing metaphor on removal of indigenous peoples and natives from their traditional lands, the boundaries and the barriers that have been established in the last couple of hundred years throughout Australia and the colonial impact on environment. These works also link to the importance of this totemic animal and its continual representation within objects from early representations found in teaching barks, dance paraphernalia relating to ceremonial activities such as headdresses, through to later contemporary material such as modern pokerwork and weavings of the Ernabella and other desert regional groups and paintings from regional centres .