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  • Jim Pike collection(5)

    Riding crop used by Jim Pike
    Pair of boots used by Jim Pike
    Black skull cap
    Right boot used by Jim Pike

    The Jim Pike collection consists of a pair of riding boots and skull cap used by jockey Jim Pike in the 1930s, and an associated riding whip that may have been used by Pike in his later years training racehorses. Pike rode Phar Lap to victory in the 1930 Melbourne Cup and was a well-known sporting celebrity.

    Horseracing has been an important and widespread part of Australian sporting culture since European settlement of the continent. The premier horserace in Australia is the Melbourne Cup, held continuously at Flemington racecourse since 1861. Arguably the best known winner of this race is Phar Lap who won in 1930. Phar Lap and Jim Pike made a formidable combination with a record of 27 wins out of 30 races on him. Both were sporting celebrities in the Depression years.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Row of three attached houses (Sydney?)
    65. Kyloe Boiler G, Nearing Lambie Street, Cooma, 1910
    Stockman's Hut
    A boat of views from Fremantle
  • Emanuel Family collection(121)

    Silver Challenge cup presented to L Emanuel 1878
    Emanuel Brothers stock book June 1951 - October 1965
    Silver medallion of Agricultural Society of NSW presented to S Emanuel in 1879
    Photograph album of Derby and station scenes associated with the Emanuel family
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Yarram Agricultural Society 78th Annual Show, 1960 for first prize for a jug cover
    Certificate awarded at the Margaret River And Districts Agricultural Society 31st Annual Show, 1965 for first prize for an appliqued doily
    Certificate awarded for first prize at the Coonamble Pastoral and Agricultural Association 80th Annual Exhibition  for a knitted poppy tea cosy
    First Prize awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for 'Prettiest Tea-Cosy' at the Carcoar P.A. & H. Society Annual Show 1962
  • National Library of Australia collection(3)

    Hammond brand Multiplex typewriter
    Hammond brand Multiplex typewriter with removable cover
    Moulded wooden lid to cover a Hammond Multiplex typewriter
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Lantern slide - Herbert Basedow, plains east of Lyndhurst, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow or unknown, 1907
    Lantern slide - Chambers Pillar, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Child carrying boomerang, tidal mud flat off King Sound, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Film negative - Smithy at Mt. Davies camp, Tomkinson Ranges, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Painting depicts an oval shield-like figure between two lizards
    Hives of Wild Honey
    Large natural gastropod shell for signalling that a turtle was caught
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token engraved with the names H. Orum and H. Cutler
    Convict love token from J.B.H.
    Convict love token given to S.K., April 3rd, 1816
    Convict love token from G.G., Jan 10th, 1820

    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.