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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Lettercard - NSW
    Aboriginals, La Perouse
    The Lane Cove River from St. Ignatius College Reserve, Sydney, N.S.W
    Australia - A Native Corroobree [Corroboree]
  • Alexander Mussen collection(33)

    Letter from Joseph Sharpe to Thomas Mussen, November 14th 1864
    Letter from William Mussen to Alexander Mussen, December 1862
    Letter from William Mussen to Alexander Mussen, September 1864
    Letter from Alexander Mussen to William Mussen, August 1855

    The Alexander Mussen Collection consists of 3 sketches, one ambrotype portrait, newspaper clippings, 13 letters and a death certificate relating to Alexander Mussen, his time on the NSW goldfields and his death, in 1864, at the hand of bushrangers. Alexander Mussen was a young Canadian, the son of a well known merchant in Montreal. It seems he fell into some disrepute and debt in Canada and travelled to the NSW goldfields to both try his luck and redeem the family name.

    The gold rush in Australia had a major impact on society, culture, the environment and politics. The population increased dramatically, society became more diversified, colonial governments had to respond to the changes and the rest of the world became increasingly aware of Australia's wealth. The Mussen collection provides a personal and intimate insight into the practical workings of some New South Wales diggings, society more generally, law and order on the goldfields and the continuing connection between those who came to Australia and family left behind.

  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Car driving goggles and tin relating to Joan Richmond
    Handwritten letter from Joan Richmond - London
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Baghdad
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Sydney

    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.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Muraina's Quarrel with Gandji, the Jabilai Man and Wurrban, the Emu Woman.
    Bark painting 'Macassan Prau' by Mawalan Marika
    Guwarrg Spreads the Sacred Law, Bark: Gurati  spreads the sacred law.Inv:
    Bark painting 'The Dead Spirit' by Yirawala, Marrgulidban
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Weapon - Spearthrower
    The Lizard, Tjunda - Yirrkala, 1948
    Weapon - Spear
    Bark painting 'Howard Island
  • Thompson Family collection(335)

    Letter of congratulations from Flora to Edna Thompson on receiving her British Empire Medal, 1977
    Handwritten letter of congratulations from Hugh Patton to Edna Thompson on receipt of her British Empire Medal
    Letter and envelope
    Handwritten letter of congratulations from Dr Irene Crespin to Edna Thompson on her receipt of a British Empire Medal
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting depicting a dilly bag fish trap made by the Wawilak sisters by Dawidi Djuwarak, Milingimbi, 1966
    Bark painting 'Djiegung, the Galpu python' by Mithinarri Gurruwiwi, Yirrkala, 1966
    Bark painting 'Tree Spirit' by David Malangi, Milingimbi, 1967
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(425)

    Glass plate negative - Whistle and his wife Nellie, between Derby and Kimberley Downs station, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Ikey, Teddy and Jacky (Sunday Islanders, Western Australia) on board the 'Rita', as members of the crew, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Copy negative - Dr Herbert Basedow on South Australian Government North-west Expedition, near present-day Granite Downs station, South Australia, photographed by Alfred E. Treloar using Basedow's camera, 1903
    Film negative - Granite hill, Moorilyanna soakage, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903