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  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Kaningarra' by Manmarr Daisy Andrews, 2007
    'Tapu Country' by Jukuna Mona Chuguna, 2008
    'Paraku and Walmajarri People' by Veronica Lulu, 2007
    'Kunawarratji' by Nora Wompi, 2007

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Parramatta - Old Government House
    Greetings from Armidale, 1907
    Steps leading up through ferns.
    William Street, Perth, Western Australia
  • Sydney 2000 Olympic Games collection(14)

    Large scale Kewpie doll performance prop comprising several parts, used in Love Is In the Air segment of Closing Ceremony of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
    Shoe tricycle with striped fur, used during Closing Ceremony of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, in musical segment Drag Queens on Bikes
    Wooden operating crutch of large scale Kewpie doll performance prop
    Sixteen flexible rods for skirt hoops of large scale Kewpie doll performance prop

    The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Collection is comprised of 4 objects from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

    The Sydney 2000 Olympics were held from the 13th September - 1 October, and were the biggest sporting event ever staged in Australia. The Games were attended by over one million spectators and watched on television by billions of people around the world. They were considered a huge success both nationally and internationally, with many commentators expressing pride in the way that Australia's image had been projected locally and globally, particularly during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Australia's athletes also performed above expectation. The Games also tapped into Australia's process of Reconciliation between indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, which had culminated in massive marches supportive of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in May 2000. However, the Games did not pass off without controversy, particularly over resistance to the Bondi Volleyball Stadium, and protests at the World Economic Forum's Asia-Pacific Economic Summit held in Melbourne between 11-13 September, which was staged just prior to the Games.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Two piece pink full length wool dress (bodice and skirt) with cream lace trimming
    Presented by The Australian Red Cross Council in recogntion of Twenty Years' Loyal Service
    Black top hat
    Photograph - Hughie McClelland with his stockmen bring in a mob of ewes for shearing 1950

    The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

    Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

  • Papuan Official collection(1042)

    Wooden shield
    Dance wand
    Dance wand
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Edgar Richard Mayne's Australian cricket team cap
    Dinner menu from R.M.S. Otway that has been signed by the Australian cricket team of 1912
    Last season of the East Melbourne Cricket ground, 1921
    Man standing beneath a roll of honour in the club room of East Melbourne Cricket Club
  • Geoff Pryor collection no. 3(3)

    Cartoon depicting Peter Costello tossing a coin into a cup labelled N.M.A.
    Divining a site for the NMA
  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    FIFA Centennial Order of Merit medal in presentation box
    Red-brown hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1985+
    FIFA Centennial Order of Merit medal
    Johnny Warren's Order of Australia Medal set in presentation box

    The John 'Johnny' Warren Collection includes an extensive range of materials detailing his days playing for junior teams in the Botany area of South Sydney in the 1950s, through his senior club years in the 1960s and 1970s, and national representative career as a Socceroo from 1965 to 1974. The collection also details Warren's later work as a soccer coach and administrator, journalist and television commentator, and incorporates files and publications related to his work as a government advisor and advocate for the sport.

    Warren was Australia's most famous soccer player who tirelessly championed a sport regarded as a minor footballing code in this country. An attacking midfielder of great speed and skill, he played in the NSW State League and was chosen to represent Australia in 1965. His national representative career stretched over a decade, culminating in his participation in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. After retiring as a player, Warren worked as a coach, administrator, journalist and television commentator promoting the sport he loved. He became the face of Australian soccer, championing the sport for many years through a long and cherished partnership with his colleague and friend Les Murray on SBS Television.