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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Dining Room La Retraite Weston-super-Mare
    Balmain and Drummoyne, Sydney NSW A merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    An Australian Noah
    Bloom Mill Dept. (Top of Soaking Pits, Where Ingots are heated for Rolling]
  • Jim Pike collection(5)

    Black skull cap
    Pair of boots used by Jim Pike
    Riding crop used by Jim Pike
    Left 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.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Men catching a horse, Innamincka station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Glass plate negative - Woman carrying pet possum on her head while on the march, Pongaponga people, western Arnhem land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Glass plate negative - Mother and child, Sunday Island, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Branding horses in stockyard, Innamincka station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
  • Bali Bombings 2002 Memorial - Parliament of Victoria collection(49)

    A bound collection of children's condolence cards for the victims of the Bali bombing
    October 2002 12th Sat
    Letter of condolence
    Bali Offerings

    The Bali Bombings 2002 Memorial Collection - Parliament of Victoria collection is a small sample of the large amount of material left on the Victorian Parliamentary steps in the two weeks following the Bali bombing on 12 October 2002. The collection is made up of cards, letters, various paintings by children, wooden Catholic cross with fabric lei, wooden sculpture of a Balinese surfer carrying a surfboard, soft toys such as butterflies, soft koala teddy bears, dolls and football, two small Australian flags, small pieces of jewellery, some textile objects such as a satin throw and fabric flowers, vegemite jar, a 'In Memory' book signed by the members of the Ivanhoe Grammar School and community and a bound collection of children's drawings and letters from the students of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar schools.

    Late on the evening of Saturday 12 October 2002, two bombs exploded in the crowded Paddy's Bar and the Sari nightclub on Jalan Legian, Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Shortly afterwards a third bomb exploded at the US consulate in Denpassar, Bali. Exact figures were difficult to substantiate, but at least 202 people were killed in the first two blasts and over 300 injured. Of the two hundred or more dead, eighty-eight were Australians. The deadly attacks produced profound shock in Australia. For many, this event seemed to bring home the immediacy of global terrorism, which had come to public prominence the previous year in New York and Washington.

  • Ellen Rogers collection(15)

    Clothes brush
    Souvenir half main bearing of the Central Engine from the Southern Cross used on Pacific, Australian, Tasman and English flights 1928-1929
    Silver plated metal and horse-hair hair brush
    Clothes brush

    The Ellen Rogers collection consists of fifteen items of memorabilia associated with Australian aviation pioneers, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm. The collection consist of a half-size bronze life-mask of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith; full-size bronze life-mask of Charles Ulm; propeller hub of an Australian National Airways Ltd (ANA) Avro X Lynx engine; half-main bearing removed from the central engine of the 'Southern Cross' aircraft after the 1928 trans-Pacific flight; Charles Ulm's attache case; framed composite photograph with dedication; black and white photograph of 'Faith in Australia'; commemorative wall clock mounted in a propeller; and a velvet lined timber dressing case containing silver plated brushes, comb and mirror. The objects in this collection, many of them presented as gifts to Rogers, reflect the respect and affection Kingsford Smith and Ulm held for their secretary whom they referred to as 'Rog'.

    In 1928, Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm became the first aviators to cross the Pacific Ocean by air in the 'Southern Cross'. With two American crewmembers, they took off from Oakland, California, on 31 May 1928 and flew via Hawaii and Suva to Brisbane, completing the historic 11,585 kilometre crossing in 83 hours, 38 minutes, of flying time. Kingsford Smith and Ulm were awarded the Air Force Cross and given honorary commissions in the Royal Australian Air Force. In December 1928, they founded Australian National Airways Ltd (ANA) as a passenger, mail and freight service between cities and towns in eastern Australia. Mounting financial difficulties forced ANA to suspend all passenger services in June 1931, and the company entered voluntary liquidation in February 1933. The two aviators died tragically while pursing their interests - Ulm disappearing in December 1934 flying between California and Hawaii, and Kingsford Smith lost without trace in 1935 off the coast of Burma. Ellen Rogers was employed as secretary to Kingsford Smith and Ulm following the trans-Pacific flight, during the establishment and operation of ANA, and continued working as private secretary to Charles Ulm until his death.

  • Margot Child collection(1215)

    A card to accompany a cake
    Notice of intended marriage
    Card to accompany cake
    Menu from wedding reception
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Side view of a ram 'Coronation'
    Commodore 3 years
    Prize card awarded to Mr AL Faithfull Wagga 1890
  • Conway Tighe collection(8)

    Ledger used at the Lincoln Park Dairy, Essendon, Victoria
    1940s pint glass milk bottle inscribed 'MBR'
    Notice relating to the Lincoln Park Dairy, Essendon, Victoria
    Milk agitator used at the Lincoln Park Dairy, Essendon, Victoria

    This collection comprises two pieces of paper ephemera, a bound paper ledger, a leather bag, two glass bottles and a metal milk agitator associated with the Lincoln Park Diary, formerly located at 70 Lincoln Rd, Essendon, Vic., between approximately 1926 and 1987. The objects belonged to and were used by proprietors Hugh, Margaret, Conway and Patrick Tighe. The paper notice measures 185x90mm and the paper bill with letterhead measures120x115mm. The bound ledger measures approximately 310x380x20, and the bag approximately170x220x30mm. The pint-size milk bottle measures approximately 210x73mm, and the cream bottle approximately150x50mm. The milk plunger measures approximately 590x140 at the base. All objects are in good condition.

    The 'Conway Tighe collection' is a well-provenanced suite of objects that collectively lend insight into the experience of delivering milk by horse-drawn vehicle in Essendon during the mid to late twentieth century, and the management of the privately-owned Lincoln Park Dairy. Dairy farming and distribution has long been central to Australia's industrial, labour and agricultural history. Despite evolving patterns of urban living and consumerism, the Tighe family carried out local milk deliveries for sixy years until 1987, far beyond many of their contemporaries.