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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    George St. Sydney N.S.W. Showing Q.V. Markets, Town Hall & Railway Towers.
    A duel to the death
    Iron Cove Bridge, Sydney
    Botanical Gardens and Farm Cove, Sydney
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(425)

    Glass plate negative - The Narlarla outcrop, Napier Range, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Rock engravings, Deception Creek, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, between 1905 and 1914
    Lantern slide - Pitjantjatjara man, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920-1924
    Glass plate negative - The tree at Fort Wills, Cooper Creek, South Australia, under which a relief party buried a cache containing provisions for members of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition in 1861, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Aircraft Weighing Form from Aviation Traders (Engineering) Pty Ltd, 4 November 1982.
    Scrap of paper with hand-written aircraft weight calculations
    Letter from Percival Aircraft Co. to Mons. F. Dufaux
    Logbook certificate from Light Plane Services listing inspection and repairs, 6 May 1981

    The Neil Jensen collection consists of a Percival Gull Six aircraft, G-AERD, and associated archive. Made by the Percival Aircraft Company at Gravesend in Kent, England, in 1936, this aircraft was first purchased by Ariane Dufaux of Switzerland and registered as HB-OFU. After passing through several owners in Switzerland, the aircraft was sold to a collector and restored by Cliff Lovell in England where it was featured on the air show circuit and registered as G-AERD. Neil Jensen purchased G-AERD in 1983, and while it was based in Redhill, Surrey it was awarded the Percival Trophy by the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group.

    Born in Albury, New South Wales, in 1897, Edgar Wikner Percival served in Europe and Egypt with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Returning to Australia after the war, Percival operated a commercial aviation business while pursuing opportunities to design and manufacture new types of aircraft. In 1929, he travelled to England to work as a test pilot for the Bristol Aircraft Company, and in 1930 designed and manufactured the first low-wing cantilever monoplanes in the British Commonwealth. Percival formed the Percival Aircraft Company in 1932 and named the new aircraft series 'Gull'. Characterised by their graceful lines, the Gulls had light wooden frames covered with doped (lacquered) fabric and powerful four or six cylinder engines. PercivalÂ?s Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, with Percival designing racing versions named 'Mew Gulls', which won acclaim in the Kings Cup Air Race.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, Second Prize
    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
    Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show
    Prize card awarded to Mr A. L. Faithfull 1890
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Osmund Creek, Texas Downs
    Carved emu egg by Sam Kirby
    Women's Dreaming,  by Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
    Reproduction painting of eight figures camping on a beach with two dingoes

    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.

  • EV Llewellyn collection(12)

    Copy of a 'Brescian School' viola, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1952
    Copy of Stradivari's 'Haussman' cello, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1953
    Copy of Stradivari's 'Maurin' violin, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1946
    Copy of Stradivari's 'Alard' violin, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1954

    The collection comprises a quartet of matched stringed musical instruments made by Arthur Edward Smith. They are a copy of Stradivari's 'Maurin' violin - 1946, a copy of Stradivari's 'Alard' violin - 1954, a copy of the 'Brecian School' viola -1952, and a copy of Stradivari's 'Haussman' cello - 1953. The collection also includes cases for each of the instruments, two silk scarves, and a 1979 program for a chamber music concert held in 1979 at which the instruments were played.

    This is a unique quartet of instruments made by A E Smith, widely regarded as the 'father' of Australian violin-making. After emigrating to Australia from England in 1909, Smith set up his business in Hunter Street, Sydney. A E Smith & Co. remained in operation until 1972 and was renowned for high quality repairs, imports and offering locally-made stringed instruments. Smith made about 170 violins, 40 violas and 3 cellos, favouring traditional European timbers and methods. He created a training ground for Australian instrument makers, many of whom have pursued successful careers and been innovative in their use of Australian timbers and styles of violins.

  • David Allen medals collection(111)

    Aldinga Annual Ploughing Match 1853 'Best Man'
    Wilcannia P. A. & H. Society 1893 'Brood Mare With Foal at Foot'
    Hawkesbury District Agricultural Society 1883 'Best Coaching Stallion'
    Kerang Agricultural & Pastoral Society 1885 'Chaff Cutter'
  • Susan (Sue) Powell collection(7)

    Carbon fibre leg brace with velcro straps and a shoe worn by Australian Paralympic cycling champion, Sue Powell
    World Paracycling Championship gold medal won by paracyclist Sue Powell in Italy in 2009
    London 2012 Paralympic Speedsuit worn by Sue Powell in the Pursuit and in the Road Time Trial
    A colour poster depicting Australian Paralympic cycling champion Sue Powell with teammate, Alexandra Green and Megan Fisher of the United States on the podium after winning the Women's Individual C4 Pursuit Cycling at London 1012 Paralympic Games