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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Black duck
    Postcard depicting Mary Pickford of Paramount-Artcraft Pictures
    Botanical Gardens, showing Levy Memorial Fountain.
    Bronte Beach, Sydney
  • Joe McGinness collection(2)

    Tuckerbox used by Aboriginal activist Joe McGinness when he travelled on work as an officer bearer of FCAATSI, 1950s-1960s
    Wharfie's hook used by Aboriginal activist Joe McGinness when he worked on the wharves in Cairns, 1950s

    The Joe McGinness Collection comprises a wharfies' hook and a tuckerbox. Joe McGinness (1914-2003) was a significant Aboriginal Australian who fought for Indigenous rights throughout his life.

    The wharfies' hook was used by McGinness in the 1950s and 1960s whilst working on the Cairns wharves in Queensland. In the 1950s the wharf industry was one of the few industries to accept Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander labour. As President of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) from 1961 to 1977, he used the political skills he had acquired on the wharves. McGinness used the tuckerbox on trips around northern Queensland and the Northern Territory in the 1960s and 1970s. It symbolises his struggle and personal commitment to welfare and political activism on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians which he and many others of his generation carried out.

  • David Westcott collection no. 6(22)

    Second World War Prisoner of War Banknote
    Second World War Prisoner of War Banknote
    Embroidered silk postcard from World War One
    Embroidered silk postcard from World War One

    The Bradman, World War One and agricultural collection (David Westcott) consists of five World War One silk postcards; six 19th century agricultural show prizes; eight "Japanese invasion money" notes from the Netherlands East Indies; one book on Donald Bradman (1948).

    With the separation caused by overseas service during World War One, postcards became an important way to reduce the pain of absence for those at the front and those at home. Silk postcards, initially hand-made in France but later mass produced, were a popular souvenir to send home. The Japanese Government authorised various printings of so-called "invasion money" to equate approximately with each occupied country's pre-war currency. After Japanese forces were defeated, the Allies destroyed all known "invasion money" issues, but many examples were souvenired by servicemen. The agricultural show certificates provide and important link into the agricultural economy of Federation-era Australia (in particularly the Victoria-New South Wales border). The book on Donald Bradman was written by journalist and selector AG Moyes. Moyes was a State selector who helped bring Bradman into top class cricket. He was clearly a great admirer of Bradman, as well as a friend. The book is an example of the development of the Bradman legend at a key moment in "The Don's" career.

  • John Shakespeare collection no. 1(4)

    Cartoon of Paul Keating pulling a rabbit out of a hat
    Cartoon of Paul Keating sitting upside down at the top of the page pointing to an 'ECONOMY' graph
    Cartoon of John Hewson sitting on a chair nursing a large fat 'GST' cat
    Cartoon of John Howard holding a bucket of tar in one hand and a bag of feathers in the other
  • Enid Treadgold collection(375)

    Appeal to the Citizens of New South Wales to raise money for the Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrations March 1932
    Welcome home to the 10th and 11th East Yorkshire Battalions and the 146th Heavy Battery programme
    Diary of the voyage of SS Ormonde, Orient Line, from Australia to England, during March and April 1928
    Black and white promotional photograph of Uncle George of 2GB
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Laurie Coonan shoeing a horse, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Glass plate negative - Women and children coming out of church, Hermannsburg mission, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Lantern slide - Group of Aboriginal people, Cape Dombey, north of Port Keats, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905
    Glass plate negative - Men catching a horse, Innamincka station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
  • Parsons collection(280)

    Wedding photograph of Sylvia and John Parsons with their wedding party.
    A woman standing in front of a partially completed brick house
    A woman standing at the corner of a partially completed brick house
    The front of the brick house and garden at 70 Stuart Street, Griffith, ACT

    The Parsons Collection consists of a wide range of material relating to John Parsons' Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) career during World War II, his 1941 marriage to Sylvia Johnson and their early postwar life. The collection includes his uniforms and kitbag; items thought to have been souvenired from the 1940 Canberra air crash; and photographs connected with his operational tours to New Guinea in 1942-3 and to Borneo in 1945. The Parsons' wartime wedding is represented by Sylvia's wedding dress, cake decorations and other accessories, a teapot and two framed wedding photographs. Their early postwar life is illustrated by photographs and documents relating to their building and purchase of a war service home in Canberra.

    Through its rich range of objects, photographs and documents, this collection illustrates how two young Australians experienced the Second World War: one ground crew in the RAAF and the other a working war bride. Its significance rests in its range and complexity.

  • Department of Defence collection(118)

    Dobbie Son & Hutton Marine Chronometer No 5475, with accessories in a wooden case, used in HMAS Australia
    Winding key for chronometer, used in HMAS Tamworth
    Mercer Marine Chronometer No 13290 in a wooden case, with accessories
    Mercer Marine Chronometer No 13290 in a wooden case