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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Night Cometh, Leichhardt
    Sandridge, from Railway Pier, in the 'Fifties'
    Bernly Savoy Hotel.  Kings Cross. Sydney
    Double Bay and Darling Point
  • Swan Richards collection(7)

    Australian One-Day International Cricket Team baggy yellow cap, worn by wicket keeper Rod Marsh
    Baggy green cricket cap with embroidered coat of arms on the front, worn by Greg Chappell
    Pair of wicket keeper's leather gloves worn by Australian wicket keeper Rod Marsh
    Pair of wicket keeper's leather gloves

    The Swan Richards collection consists of seven items relating to Australian cricket in the twentieth century. It includes Bill O'Reilly's NSW Sheffield Shield blazer, Rod Marsh's wicket keeping gloves and one day international cap, Greg Chappell's Australian Test cap and cricket bat and Wally Grout's wicket keeping gloves and world record 8-catch ball mounted as a trophy.

    Robert 'Swan' Richards, a well known cricket identity and recipient of the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, collected these objects during his career as a cricket bat maker and businessman. The items in the collection relate to the history of Australian cricket from the end of the Second World War to the 1980s. During these five decades cricket changed immensely, from a game played by amateur sportsmen to one played by professional sportsmen in a commercial atmosphere.

  • Staffordshire Figurine collection(3)

    Seated Staffordshire porcelain figurine of Captain James Cook
    Seated Staffordshire porcelain figurine of Protestant Irish nationalist convict William Smith O'Brien
    Standing Staffordshire porcelain figurine of Protestant Irish nationalist convict William Smith O'Brien

    The Staffordshire Figurine Collection comprises three polychrome enamelled ceramic figurines of: Captain Cook seated at a small table; William Smith O'Brien seated and in chains; and O'Brien standing and dressed as a convict. Each figure dates from the late 1840s and shows evidence of minor restoration. The collection is in good condition.

    William Smith O'Brien was an Irish nationalist and politician, and a major figure of the Catholic emancipation movement. His death sentence for treason was commuted to transportation for life to Van Diemen's Land, where he served 4 years before receiving a pardon. Captain Cook's voyages of discovery between 1768 and 1779 laid the groundwork for Britain's expanded Colonial empire and the establishment of settlements in Australia and New Zealand. Cook's maritime and scientific achievements and the popularity of published accounts of his voyages made him a celebrity whose portrait was keenly sought long after his death.

  • Project 2000 Taskforce Olympic Games collection(4)

    Sydney 2000 Olympic Games cauldron
    Canberra Olympic Games Football
    FIFA Fair Play 1993
    FIFA For the Good of the Game 1977

    The Project 2000 Taskforce Collection comprises an Olympic Flame Cauldron, a Canberra Olympic football banner and two Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) flags.

    The aim of the taskforce based in the ACT Chief Minister's office was to maximise the sporting, cultural and business opportunities for Canberra presented by the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Canberra was one of four cities outside Sydney which held Olympic Games events, hosting 11 of the 48 soccer matches. The banners and the torch relay played an important part in popularising the Olympic Games in Canberra. The Olympic torch spent three days in Canberra prior to the Games. The football banners are examples of those placed on the main roads leading to Canberra Stadium. The blue FIFA flag was flown at the stadium and the gold FIFA flag was carried on the pitch before the teams at the start of each match.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from T.N.
    Convict love token from Charles Betts, 1849
    Convict love token from H.V., 1842
    Convict love token from John Gardiner

    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.

  • Nancy Hamilton collection no. 2(180)

    Illuminated address to William Barbour
    Table model kerosene lamp

    Square pot holder

    Winding key

  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Logbook certificate from Light Plane Services listing work carried out for C of A renewal, 6 May 1981
    Weight and Centre of Gravity Schedule for G-AERD, 16 March 1980
    Pink copy of Aeronautical Parts Certificate from Hants & Sussex Aviation Ltd
    Scrap of paper with hand-written aircraft weight calculations

    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.

  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority collection(15)

    Blood collection kit
    Plastic urine/blood vial
    Lidded plastic beaker for collection of urine samples

    Urine sample kit

    The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) collection comprises urine and blood testing kits, public education posters and documents related to the administration of testing programs. These objects speak to ASADA's work in drug testing Australian athletes who compete at state and national levels, as well as international athletes if they are competing in events held in Australia. The posters also illustrate the agency's role to inform the sporting community of drugs and related safety issues.

    Athletes since ancient times have used a myriad of substances to enhance their physical and mental performance during sporting endeavours. The development of rules, procedures and penalties related to the use of certain substances did not begin in earnest until the 1960s, when the Council of Europe tabled a resolution against the use of doping. Blood and urine testing became more common into the 1970s. The first anti-doping initiative in Australia was a survey into drug use in sport in 1979 by the Australian Sports Medicine Federation. Following a Senate inquiry into drug use in sport in 1989-90, the Federal Government established the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA). On 14 March 2006, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) replaced the ASDA.