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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Olive Street, from CML Tower, Albury, NSW
    Australia - A Native Corroobree [Corroboree]
    Comic Koala Series - Spotting
    Alexandra Avenue, Melbourne, Vic
  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Handwritten note about friendship
    Drawing of Ruby Monaghan and Hazel Pritchard
    Handwritten poem
    Christmas card from Betty Archdale to Ruby Monaghan, 1935
  • Tooloyn Koortakay collection(28)

    Thanambool Yana
    Morrom - wrist ornament
    Coloured pastel drawing representing the markings on the underside of an old possum skin cloak
    Long necked turtle basket,

    The Tooloyn Koortakay Collection comprises thirty pieces including a reproduction of the Maiden's Punt Yorta Yorta possum skin cloak collected in 1853, a reproduction of the Lake Condah Gunditjmara possum skin cloak collected in 1872, pastel drawings, lino cuts, etchings, possum skin dance ornaments and a selection of tools for making possum skin cloaks. As the cloaks were well over one hundred years old and slowly deteriorating, Lee Darroch, Treahna Hamm, Vicki Couzens and Debra Couzens undertook the project as a commitment to cultural regeneration.

    Possum skin cloaks are a significant aspect of Aboriginal cultural heritage from Victoria and other parts of southeastern Australia. Prior to 1830 almost every person had his or her own possum skin cloak to wear during winter and use for a mattress or blanket. Cloaks were incised with designs representing clan identity, animals, plants and natural features. As there are only five cloaks from this region known to exist in the world, the Tooloyn Koortakay collection is an important historical record as well as a significant expression of contemporary cultural change and identity.

  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Sheet of paper relating to Joan Richmond
    Car driving goggles and tin relating to Joan Richmond
    Envelope to Mrs. John Richmond
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Baalbek

    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.

  • Horne-Bowie collection(720)

    Glass spearhead
    Bottom grinding stone [stone implement]
  • Captain Cook Plane Table Frame collection(3)

    Letter of thanks from London Exhibitions Ltd, 1905
    Exhibition loan receipt for Captain Cook's Chart Rule, 1905
    Plane table frame used by Captain James Cook

    This collection consists of a magnifier on a tortoiseshell mount housed in a silver case, a surveyor's plane table frame with rule and square protractor, in a boxwood frame with brass hinges measuring 34.2 x 41.1 cm., and a pair of late 18th century embroidered maps of the Eastern and Western hemispheres on silk backed with cotton and showing the tracks of Captain Cook's three Pacific voyages, 34.3 cm in diameter.

    Each of these three objects attests to the significance of Captain James Cook and his voyages in the British, and subsequently the Australian imagination. The magnifier and plane table frame are excellent examples of the passion for Cook relics which begins at the sale before the mast of his effects and continues to the present day. The plane table frame's exhibition in the 1905 London exhibition (documented by a receipt and letter included in the lot) marks its role in the evolving portrayal of Cook as an imperial hero. The magnifier documents the role of William Bayly, assistant to the Astronomer Royal, who sailed on the second and third of Cook's voyages, and visited Australia twice. The embroidered maps are a very personal celebration of Cook, and a reminder of the limited avenues for expressing devotion available to the women who waited at home for their men to return from dangerous voyages.

  • Jorrocks collection(1)

    Oil on linen portrait of the racehorse 'Jorrocks'
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Prize card awarded to Mr AL Faithfull Yass 1906