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  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from John Honell, 1835
    Convict love token from T. Lucas, 1834
    Convict love token from J. Fletcher
    Convict love token engraved with the name Frost

    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.

  • Dennis Nona Collection no. 2(7)

    Byerb Ibaik brass skull by Dennis Nona
    Skateboard triptych by Dennis Nona
    One panel of skateboard triptych by Dennis Nona
    Pyban colour etching by Dennis Nona

    The Dennis Nona Collection No 2. consists of four artworks created by renowned Torres Strait Islander artist, Dennis Nona. These include a white brass kuik (human skull) titled 'Byerb Ibaik', two etchings titled 'Pyban' and 'Kuik' and a laser cut laminated wood skate-deck triptych titled 'Lagan Wakkimthimin'. These works were all made as part of the 'Muluka Pyban' (Passing Down) exhibition and are based on histories, cultures and practices of the Torres Strait.

    Dennis Nona is from Badu Island in the Western Torres Strait. Known for his highly detailed linocuts, Nona pioneered a new visual language to share the ancient myths and stories of his culture. By linking many elements of a creation story with clan designs, Nona can tell a whole narrative and associate it with its place of origin with one image. In doing so Nona has made these stories accessible to a larger audience and contributed to the social and cultural renewal of Torres Strait Islander cultures. This collection represents important aspects of Torres Strait Islander objects and history that are often difficult to display and discuss including ceremonial practices and the trade of kuik (human skulls). The laster-etched skateboard decks also illustrate the way in which contemorary Torres Strait Islander artists, such as Nona, are experimenting with the use of new mediums in their art.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Drawing of a kangaroo and joey with three trees in the background.
    On the 'Rocks' ,Old Sydney
    Horsedrawn vehicle crossing a small bridge, with quote from Henry Lawson
    Historic Houses - Faith, Hope and Charity. Kingscote, K.I.
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Cabbage tree palm leaf basket
    Childbirth Scene, work on paper, Yirrkala, 1948
    Cylindrical fibre basket
    Large natural gastropod shell for signalling that a turtle was caught
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Ve 8 Hankow 12 14 1640....VERY DELIGHTED LOVE, KARL
    LCO Aumuller Powhattan Hankow. Home Sick Nankin Love Innes
    Chinese Government Radio Service radiogram
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 4(7)

    State, Municipal & Civil Luncheon at 1pm, Town Hall, Sydney, 7 January 1901
    Invitation to the Commonwealth of Australia Inaugural celebrations at Sydney, 1 January 1901
    The Commonwealth of Australia Inaugural Celebrations at Sydney under the direction of the government of New South Wales Official Programme
    State Banquet to Commemorate the Inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia, Town Hall, Sydney
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Mary Bryden
    Exercises for Ladies to Improve and Perfect Beauty
    Pencil sketch depicting a church and lake
    Garden party for Bishop about 1904

    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.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    'Trial by Fire', painted by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, 1975
    'The Dancing Women at Nyuminga' painted by by George Tjungurrayi, 1976
    'Wallaby dreaming', painted by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1975
    Painting depicts male (left) and female modjarki, freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni)