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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Adelaide Electric Trams, Opened March 9, 1909. First Car Driven by Mrs. Price.
    Kuring-Gai Chase
    Watson's Bay (Showing Hotel) Sydney. N.S.W
    Interstate wharves, Sydney
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Painting depicts Namarrkon, the Lightning Spirit and dancing mimi spirits by Jimmy Nakkurridjdjilmi Nganjmirra of Gunbalanya, 1970
    Child's drawing titled 'Landrights'
    'Dreaming at Kampurarrpa (Kamparrarrpa)', painted by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, 1976
    Mothers Taking Food and Water to Initiates
  • History of Netball - Margaret Pewtress collection(68)

    Victoria versus South Australia 5 Sept 1964
    Victoria versus Tasmania 1 Sept 1964
    VWBBA A Grade Premiership 1958 - Melbourne Blue
    British Columbia Netball Clinic

    The History of Netball collection consists of material relating to the history of national and international level netball in Australia from the 1930s to the present day. The collection of thirty three objects has been formed through donations by seven separate donors representing different eras and roles in netball history.

    Sport has always been a large part of Australian life and Australians have always enjoyed success on the international sporting arena. Australian women in particular have consistently been high achievers in international sporting events and netball is one sport where this has been proven repeatedly. The sport evolved and developed in Commonwealth Countries in the early 1900s. In Australia this resulted in a unique local style and a strong Australian contribution to international rules and standards of play. Netball enjoys the third highest participant rate among all sports played in Australia, is the most popular women's sport and is enjoyed both in the country and the city.

  • Nettie McColive collection(189)

    Country Women's Association South Australia Quorn Branch, Second Prize, 1946 awarded to Miss MacColive

    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Bevan Hayward collection no. 1(19)

    Drawing depicting three men with rifles on horseback, riding past an Aboriginal woman, man and child in the foreground by Bevan Hayward [Pooaraar]
    Her Majesty's Queensland Native Police by Bevan Hayward [Pooaraar]
    The Tour by Bevan Hayward [Pooaraar]
    Bandjalang by Bevan Hayward [Pooaraar]
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Thomas Winfield, 1838
    Convict love token from J.P.
    Convict love token from G. Coats, 1836
    Convict love token dated August 8th, 1803

    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.

  • Emanuel Family collection(121)

    Silver medallion fom Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia presented to S Emanuel in 1905
    Silver medallion fom Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia presented to S Emanuel in 1906
    Map of the West Kimberley fitted into a timber pelmet
    Emanuel Brothers stock book June 1951 - October 1965
  • Gallaway-Gore collection(62)

    Confirmation card for Jessie Ann Gore
    Hand written letter from Ch. Campbell dated 14 January 1835
    Photographic portrait of a man holding baby
    Receipt from Bank of Australasia

    The Ted Gallaway collection contains 25 items relating to the family of Captain John Gore. The collection consists of a naval officer's sword and scabbard, several framed portraits, a family photograph album, and a leather satchel containing various letters, deeds, wills, birth and marriage certificates belonging to the Gore-Gallaway family.

    The Gore-Gallaway family are significant in British naval history and the colonisation of Australia. Captain John Gore (1728-1790) sailed onboard the Endeavour with Captain James Cook as master's mate in 1770, and later on Sir Joseph Bank's voyage to Iceland in 1772. Captain John Gore had a son, also John Gore (1774-1853), who served as a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy under Lord Horratio Nelson. Another family member, Graham Gore, was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and perished on Sir John Franklin's mission to find a north west passage in 1847-1848. The Gore family emmigrated to Australia in 1835, and settled the property 'Gilmore' at Lake Bathurst near Goulburn. ollection, and supports existing Gore related material in the National Historical collection.