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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Captain Cook's monument, Kurnell
    Wombyan Cave
    QSL card for VK2AP
    Central Railway Station, Sydney
  • Australia Post Historical collection(120)

    Poster titled 'Telephone services link together the people of all nations'
    Rectangular enamelled metal sign
    New South Wales Postal Service red painted metal pillar box with an arched top
    Poster titled 'It's the speedy airmail that conquers distance and saves time'

    This collection consists of 87 items from the New South Wales historical section of Australia Post. The items range from furnishings that were used for the opening of the Sydney GPO in 1874 to telephones, signs, posters, and postal boxes. The material covers a period of over one hundred years of postal service in Australia.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Sand deposited between kitchen and meat house during a single sandstorm, Miranda Station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Glass plate negative - Fort Hill, Darwin Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905 or 1911
    Glass plate negative - Munjinna Bill, who accompanied the explorer R. F. Maurice on all his expeditions, at Maurice's grave, Yalata station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Men catching a horse, Innamincka station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Dinner menu from R.M.S. Niagara with the autographs of the 1913 Australian Cricket team
    J.T. Tyldesley from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia.
    Black and white photograph of Edgar Richard Mayne and Sidney Hand Emery on board the S.S. Niagara
    Bottle green cricket cap with insignia the
  • Sir Roland Wilson collection no. 2(17)

    Two wheeled trolley constructed from a Vehicle Construction Kit
    A toy car constructed from a Vehicle Construction Kit
    Tricycle constructed from a Vehicle Construction Kit
    A toy wagon constructed from a Vehicle Construction Kit

    The Roland Wilson Collection represents Wilson's private hobbies rather than his long and successful position as Secretary to the Treasury. The collection includes a Vehicle Construction Kit which Wilson developed in the early 1950s, notes and photographs related to the kit, a range of drawing instruments, and a homemade radiogram and wooden cabinet that were constructed in the late 1940s. The key object within the collection is the Vehicle Construction Kit which was patented in the United States in 1956. The kit was one of Wilson's many inventions, and when assembled would form several wheeled vehicles for children. Most of these vehicles were modelled upon adult objects of industry or modes of transportation, and were possibly designed to familiarise children with adult skills and chores. The Roland Wilson Collection represents the creative spirit in Australia, and also reveals the private hobbies of a public Australian individual.

  • Vane Lindesay collection no. 1(71)

    Biography of cartoonist George Molnar
    The inked-in image: a survey of Australian comic art
    Letter dated 9/10/1976 from Maurice Horn to Vane Lindesay
    Biography of cartoonist Geoffrey Raynor Hook
  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    Photograph of the horse
    Photograph of Emilie Roach on mount
    Gold medal show award from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Royal Spring Fair 1927
  • Frederick Edmunds collection(24)

    Documents regarding EW Percival eg letters correspondence, magazines and journals.
    Black and white photograph - Edgar Percival between two assistants
    Black and white photograph - Edgar Percival and Douglas Corrigan at Luton 1937.
    Gipsy Queen 2 repair manual

    The Frederick Edmunds collection consists of a Percival Proctor aircraft, photograph album, and associated aircraft maintenance manuals and log books.

    During the Second World War, the Percival Aircraft Company developed a military version of the company's most successful aircraft the Gull, named the Proctor, which was adopted as a trainer aircraft for the RAF. The MuseumÂ?s Percival Proctor Aircraft MK1, VH-FEP, is an all wood construction, has a wing span of 39.5ft and is powered by a 210hp Gipsy Queen Series II engine. VH-FEP was manufactured in 1942 for the RAF and was used as a trainer until 1946 before being transferred to disposals. John Dyer, a former RAAF pilot bought the aircraft and flew it to Australia, where he sold to George Lewis of Kalgoorlie, proprietor of Goldfields Airways, in 1947. The Proctor was restored to flying standard in 1953, and Lewis made the aircraft available to the Royal Flying Doctor Service carrying out numerous mercy flights for injured miners, station workers, pastoralists and their families. The aircraft changed hands several times, eventually becoming a total wreck and languishing in a disused hangar in Perth until 1978 when Frederick Edmunds and his partner became joint owners. Edmunds spent the following five years (over 3000 hours) and $35,000 restoring the aircraft, replacing the panelling of its wooden fuselage and rebuilding the engine. The restoration process is recorded in the accompanying photograph album.