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  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Red-brown hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, MISC 79 (Cosmos) 1983
    Blue hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1974
    Red-brown hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1977-1978
    Red-brown hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1985+

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    View over a town
    Australian Bush Fire Series
    Greetings from Australia - Miss Grace Palotta, Miss Nellie Stewart and Miss Gittell Brune
    Wharf Hardie Bay
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 4(75)

    Painting depicting a pair of black frogs
    Bark painting 'The Djanggawul in Djabu mada [language] territory' by Mutitjpuy Mununjgurr, Yirrkala, 1967
    Painting depicts a large shark & lizard
    Bark painting depicting yams, decorated with dots, in centre with six birds
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Survival 2001
    Plaster bust
    Bark painting 'Mimi and Namorodo Spirits' by Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru, Gunbalanya
    Wooden carving of a crocodile

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Yass Spring Show, 1906, Second Prize
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1886, Second Prize
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, Second Prize
  • Ernabella Arts Inc. collection no. 7(103)

    Batik practice piece showing design in progress on fabric, attributed to Nyukana 'Daisy' Baker, 1975
    Untittled, square, batik silk scarf in blue, green and gold colours, by Nyukana Baker
    Blue and white terracotta vase made by Nyukana 'Daisy' Baker at Ernabella in 2003
    Walka wiru tjuta by Nyukana [Daisy] Baker, 1996

    The Ernabella Collection No. 7 consists of a wide variety of material dating from the early 1990s to early 2005. The collection includes baskets, seed body ornaments, paintings on silk and canvas, some prints, batiks and an important group of ceramics that were produced between 1997 and 2005.

    These objects represent the continuing dynamism of cultural practices at Ernabella, and the manner in which the communities at Ernabella have responded to change in the region. They attest to the desire within the community to maintain cultural practices while developing commercial enterprises that provide an economic base for the community. The collection demonstrates the Ernabella community's continuing expression of cultural heritage through the production of new forms and provides direct links to earlier cultural practices and iconography.

  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - London
    Third of a set of three postcards from Joan Richmond - England
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Italy
    Letter and envelope from Kathleen Howell - Italy

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.

  • Frederick Edmunds collection(24)

    Documents regarding EW Percival eg letters correspondence, magazines and journals.
    Black and white photograph - Edgar Percival and Douglas Corrigan at Luton 1937.
    Black and white photograph - Edgar Percival between two assistants

    Aircraft and propeller log books.

    The Frederick Edmunds collection consists of a Percival Proctor aircraft, photograph album, and associated aircraft maintenance manuals and log books.

    During the Second World War, the Percival Aircraft Company developed a military version of the company's most successful aircraft the Gull, named the Proctor, which was adopted as a trainer aircraft for the RAF. The MuseumÂ?s Percival Proctor Aircraft MK1, VH-FEP, is an all wood construction, has a wing span of 39.5ft and is powered by a 210hp Gipsy Queen Series II engine. VH-FEP was manufactured in 1942 for the RAF and was used as a trainer until 1946 before being transferred to disposals. John Dyer, a former RAAF pilot bought the aircraft and flew it to Australia, where he sold to George Lewis of Kalgoorlie, proprietor of Goldfields Airways, in 1947. The Proctor was restored to flying standard in 1953, and Lewis made the aircraft available to the Royal Flying Doctor Service carrying out numerous mercy flights for injured miners, station workers, pastoralists and their families. The aircraft changed hands several times, eventually becoming a total wreck and languishing in a disused hangar in Perth until 1978 when Frederick Edmunds and his partner became joint owners. Edmunds spent the following five years (over 3000 hours) and $35,000 restoring the aircraft, replacing the panelling of its wooden fuselage and rebuilding the engine. The restoration process is recorded in the accompanying photograph album.

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