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  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Canowindra Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural Association 61st Annual Exhibition, 1962 for first prize for an organdie throwover
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V. Wilson at the Luddenham & District Agricultural and Horticultural Society 61st Annual Show, 1964 for first prize for a table centre
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for second prize at the Trundle 49th Annual Show, 1959  for a cross stitch delphinium tray cloth
    'Royal' of the West, Bathurst Show prize certificate awarded to V M Wilson, 1975
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from E.A.
    Convict love token from J. Day
    Convict love token engraved with the initials T.P. and M.F., 1846
    Convict love token engraved with the initials R.T. and C.S., 1833

    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.

  • Professor Peter Spearritt collection no. 2(185)

    Pennant commemorating the Royal Visit 1954
    Royal Tour
    Welcome to our Royal Visitors
    Royal Visit Souvenir 1954 - Welcome to Australia pennant

    The Professor Peter Spearritt collection No. 2 is divided into four categories; British Royal Family memorabilia, Australian Republic Movement material, T-shirts with Indigenous motifs and anti-logging material. The British Royal Family memorabilia category predominantly relates to Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 tour of Australia. The items were specifically collected by the vendor for the 1993 exhibition entitled Australians and the Monarchy. The Australian Republic Movement material was also featured in this exhibition. The Indigenous motifs t-shirts and the anti-logging material were collected for the 1992 exhibition Lie of the Land. Both exhibitions were jointly created by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Spearritt was the head curator of both exhibitions.

  • Hazel Hooton and Elizabeth Gibson collection(34)

    Card with inscribed message
    Telegram from Alice Smith Caulfield Hospital

    Telegram from Mrs Jones and girls

    Moth-proof brown paper garment bag

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    QSL card from VK5 TR
    Man standing beside a fence with a river in the background
    Australia, Lane Cove, Sydney
    National park
  • 19th Century NSW Aboriginal Artefacts collection(7)

    Elongated diamond-shaped burnished wooden parrying shield decorated with blue pigment
    Burnished, wooden fighting club
    Lil-lil club

    The collection of 19th century north-west NSW Aboriginal artefacts consists of one unusual shield, one rare lil-lil club, three incised boomerangs and two fluted fighting clubs. The collection is in excellent condition.

    Aboriginal groups across Australia have designs that are uniquely theirs and which, when presented in particular orders, make strong statements about group and personal identities. These 19th century artefacts-with their high degree of intricate decoration particular to south-east Australia-are an important acquisition in for this reason and because they originate from a region notoriously difficult to document with Indigenous material.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    'Yumari', painted by Uta Uta Tjangala, 1978
    Bark painting 'Two Hunters' by John Namerredje Guymala, Gunbalanya, 1974
    Painting depicts  X-ray style kangaroo
    Wooden sculpture of a goanna
  • Mervyn Street collection(4)

    Old Days of the Stockmen, 2012 by Mervyn Street
    Old Trucking Yard, 2012 by Mervyn Street
    In the Mustering Days, 2012 by Mervyn Street
    Early Days (at the Billabong), 2012 by Mervyn Street