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  • Mary Nicholson collection no. 2(19)

    Vice-Regal Bicky
    Nifty Perfume
    Extract of Stone
    Murphy's Law
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Armitage's party
    Farm workers at Boondara,
    Bronte, general view, Sydney, NSW
    Fairy-Beauty rocks a babe
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 5(60)

    Bark painting 'The mimi man Normogormo on his way from Majong to Guriba' by Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Gunbalanya, 1968
    Bark painting 'Nimbuwa rock' by Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Gunbalanya, 1968
    Bark painting 'Rainbow snake in the stone country of Gumadir' by Yirawala, Croker Island, 1968
  • Department of Defence collection(118)

    Fastening pin for latch on chronometer
    Joseph Sewill Marine Chronometer No 9143, with accessories in a wooden case, used in HMAS Tamworth
    Brass fastening pin for latch
    Loseby Two Day Marine Chronometer No 109, with accessories in a wooden case
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 4(75)

    Painting depicting a pair of black frogs
    Bark painting 'Djeigung the Galbu Snake' by Mithinarri Gurruwiwi, Yirrkala, 1967
    Bark painting 'Death and Mortuary Rites' by Mathaman Marika, Yirrkala, 1967
    Painting is divided into several panels and depicts several creatures, men and tools
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token showing a couple in elegant dress
    Convict love token from March Barber, 1832
    Convict love token from Richard Crucknell, 1831
    Convict love token from Walter Jones, 1836

    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.

  • Parsons collection(280)

    The front of the brick house and garden at 70 Stuart Street, Griffith, ACT
    View of the Griffith shops, ACT, from 70 Stuart Street.
    A woman standing at the corner of a partially completed brick house
    A woman standing in front of a partially completed brick house

    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.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Cylindrical basket
    Glass plate negative - Heavitree Gap, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
    Film negative - Different ways of wearing the hair, Petermann Ranges, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Glass plate negative - Rock engraving of human form, Port Hedland, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916