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  • Saibai Island Council collection(1)

    Double outrigger canoe named Kulbasaibai, from Saibai Island in the Torres Strait
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Men at Aparanya, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Expedition camp, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
    Glass plate negative - Luritja men demonstrating use of weapons, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Stone knife and sheath
  • Alfred Ronalds collection(11)

    List of fishing flies
    Notes on Colourless Wax
    Note titled 'No.1'
    List of fishing flies

    The Alfred Ronalds Collection consists of a copy of the third edition of The Fly-Fisher's Entomology, published in England in 1844. The book contains a detailed description of the art of fly-fishing, plus fifty artificial flies and instructions about how to make them. There are also twenty plates displaying a hundred delicately coloured illustrations of insects and their imitations. This copy of the book was owned by A J Lane, an early fly-fishing enthusiast. Writing in his journal of 1843, Lane describes the fish, the fishing, and the flies of southern England in great detail. A J Lane has embellished this book with thirty-two mounted artificial flies, and added extensive notes.

    Alfred Ronalds first published The Fly-Fisher's Entomology in 1836, the result of his thoughts, observations and experiments undertaken in a purpose-built hut on the banks of the Blythe River in Staffordshire, England. Acclaim for Ronalds and his book, was immediate and long-lasting. It is still regarded as one of the greatest achievements in angling literature, particularly in connecting the practice of fly-fishing with the science of entomology. The scientific basis of the book influenced angling techniques and their consequent development world wide. The fame of Alfred Ronalds and his book preceded his arrival in Australia. He died in 1860, just four years before trout were introduced to Australia by Tasmanian pastoralist James Youl. Ronalds' daughter, Maria Shanklin, continued the tradition of fly-tying during the 1860s and 1870s, and her design, named the Wennel, is still used by Australian fly-fishers. Fly-fishing today is one of the most popular forms of fishing in Australia.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Barren Jack, The Valve Pipes
    Postcard featuring two horses with jockeys in a field
    Maps of Australia from Adelaide
    Double storey building with three female nurses and three other people standing on the upper storey veranda
  • Wedgwood & Bentley Portrait Medallions collection(4)

    Wedgwood & Bentley blue jasper medallion portrait of navigator and explorer Captain James Cook, RN
    Wedgwood & Bentley blue jasper portrait medallion of naturalist Johann Reinhold Forster
    Wedgwood & Bentley blue jasper medallion portrait of botanist, physician, zoologist and taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus
    Wedgwood & Bentley blue jasper medallion portrait of botanist Daniel Solander

    The Wedgwood & Bentley Portrait Medallions Collection comprises cameo portrait medallions of the famous 18th century naturalists Carolus Linnaeus, Daniel Carl Solander and Johann Reinhold Forster, and the navigator and explorer Captain James Cook. The jasper medallions are inscribed with the name of the sitter, and each one displays the Wedgwood & Bentley mark, indicating that all were produced at the company's Etruria factories at Burslem between 1775 and 1780. The portrait of Linneaus has been broken and restuck and there is a fine crack in the portrait of Daniel Solander, otherwise the collection is in good condition.

    Cook's voyages of discovery to the Pacific and the specimens collected from distant regions of the world like Australia had profound impacts: on the development of particular scientific disciplines, like Botany and Zoology; on the systematisation and dissemination of knowledge generally; and on the colonisation and exploitation of the world's resources. In celebrating Cook, Solander, Forster and Linnaeus in their 'Illustrious Moderns' portrait series, Wedgwood & Bentley were acknowledging the important roles they played in advancing science and empire. In Australia today, these medallions commemorate some of the individuals who helped establish Australia in the European imagination.

  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Handwritten poem titled
    Handwritten poem
    Drawing of two women
    Drawing of Ruby Monaghan and Hazel Pritchard
  • Keith Goddard collection(252)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Message stick
  • Lionel Rose collection no. 2(1)

    Lionel Rose's International Bantamweight Championship Title Match, 2 July 1968 boxing trophy

    The Lionel Rose Collection consists of the World Bantamweight title match trophy won by defending champion, Lionel Rose when he defeated Takao Sukurai on 2 July 1968, in Tokyo. The trophy features thirteen gilt and silver metallic columns decorated with four miniature eagles and four miniature boxers raised on a black wooden plinth. The plinth has a plaque engraved with an inscription in Japanese which reads, 'International Bantamweight Title Match, Champion, Lionel Rose (Australia) versus Takao Sakurai (Japan), 1968, July 2, Tokyo - Nihon Budokan'.

    Lionel Rose first won the World Bantamweight title in February 1968. He went on to win it again in July 1968 and March 1969. Rose was Australia's bantamweight champion from 1966 - 1969 and was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to sport. In 1968, Rose was named Australian of the Year. He was the first Aboriginal to receive this honour and was regarded by many as a symbol of hope for Indigenous people in Australia. In three years and just twenty-nine fights, Rose emerged from the obscurity of a small aboriginal settlement at Jackson's Track to become World Bantamweight champion.