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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(5788)

    Watson's Bay, Sydney
    Postcard featuring a black and white photograph of a group of penguins
    Postcard featuring a printed portrait of Edwin Wesley Howard Fowles
    QSL card for VK2CY
  • Benny Zable collection no. 2(135)

    Letter
    The Tree Lament
    First Roxby Blockade 1983 Outside the Mine Shaft
    Poster titled 'The Story of Forwards-Backwards Land'

    The Benny Zable collections comprise a diverse range of large and small objects, including a blue Ford XA panel van, conical road markers, protest banners and badges, costumes, photographs, political posters, leaflets, letters, placards, legal documents and documents. These objects were donated to the Museum by environmental protester, peace activist and performing artist, Benny Zable.

    Born in 1945 and raised in a Jewish family in Melbourne, the tragic senselessness of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War was the first in a series of life changing experiences for Zable who journeyed to Israel in 1968 to work on a kibbutz on the Lebanese border. This transformational experience was followed by visits to London and Paris, which, at that time, were witnessing the rise of counter culture and peace movements. The Paris student uprising in 1968 was a watershed event precipitating the largest general strike ever recorded, bringing France to a virtual standstill. The World Symposium on Humanities in Los Angeles, which Zable attended in 1979, coincided with the America's worst nuclear accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. On his return to Australia, Zable became active in anti-nuclear protest organization, Nomadic Action Group (NAG). Using his artistic and performative skills, Zable developed a caricature costume of the grim reaper "I visualised a dark character with a skull head, "Greedozer" to portray the ugly side of civilisation". A pedestal, formed from black painted forty-four gallon drums, allowed for extra height from which to hang protest banners. On receiving an Australia Council for the Arts grant, Zable developed a road show, transporting his costume and toxic tower statue, to which he had added a PA system, a mike in the gas mask, a video display unit and tape deck, in a blue Ford panel van. After touring Australia, Zable travelled first to Asia and then the US, before returning to Australia and settling in Nimbin, northern New South Wales. Benny Zable has been continuously active in protest movements spanning three decades. Most recently, while acting as creative director for New York's Ecofest and attending the UN's International Vigil for peace, Benny brought his performance and costume to support the 2011 New York 'Occupy Wall Street' protest in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park. This protest sparked a series of massive global protest movements among disaffected citizens throughout the world, prompting a remarkable move by Time Magazine to nominate 'The Protester' as its 2011 'Person of the Year'.

  • Meredith Hinchliffe collection no. 1(9)

    Superwoman
    Freedom of Opportunity - International Women's Year 1975
    Women's Liberation March on March 11
    International Women's Year -  A Woman's Place is Everywhere

    The collection consists of a large number of items, including stickers, badges, posters and t-shirts, collected during the early 1970s relating to International Women's Year and Women's Electoral Lobby activities. The collection covers a fairly wide spectrum of organisations and activities associated with the women's movement in the early 1970s and shows links with other countries which had similar movements, including Canada and New Zealand.

    The women's liberation or feminist movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s differed from the 'first wave' feminists of the late nineteenth century, who mainly campaigned for women's suffrage and enhanced roles for women's domestic and familial roles. The later feminist movement involved a large and vociferous group of women who were determined to extend women's choices and rights, and who aimed to change women's social, economic and political roles. They demanded equality in employment, income and education, access to childcare and control over their own bodies through safe abortion and contraception. Various items in this collection symbolise the issues and concerns of the women's movement at this time, including badges on abortion and posters advertising women's liberation marches.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3495)

    Hope Faithfull on the arm of Jim Webb
    Leather photograph wallet with the initials W. P. F.
    Unidentified man
    Cream-coloured dance card titled 'PUBLIC FANCY BALL IN HONOR OF H.R.H. THE DUKE of EDINBURGH K . G.' [SYDNEY, 10th March 1868]

    The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

    Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

  • Enid Treadgold collection(81)

    Letter from 'Nephew & Cousin George' to 'Aunty, Uncle & Enid', written at sea on 28 November 1941
    Medical inspection card for Mrs Elna Glover 1919
    Letter addressed to Will Glover from cousin Cissy Grahame, inviting Will and his wife to visit
    Souvenir leaflet from the Australian Gas Light Company's 'Travel with Music' session from 2GB
  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)

    Certificate
    Certificate
    Certificate
    Certificate

    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.

  • Sir Hubert Opperman collection no. 2(182)

    Opperman with bike on shoulder Oct 1977 on ST Kilda Pier
    Single cufflink
    Certificate of The Australian Service Order to SIR HUBERT OPPERMAN, KT, OBE, KGC, GCSJ, ASO, 18 December, 1990
    1987 Opperman Audax

    The Sir Hubert Opperman Collection No. 2, comprises 181 objects relating to his cycling, political and RAAF careers. Items of note include a silver tray presented to him for duties as Immigration Minister in 1966; Knights Bachelor Medal awarded by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968; and a Basque Beret worn when he was awarded the Gold Medal of Paris in 1991 by Jacques Chirac.

    Sir Hubert Opperman, or 'Oppy' has he was affectionately known, became a household name in the 1920s and 1930s as a result of his cycling achievements. He set 101 state, national and world records and was the public face of Malvern Star Bicycle Company. From 1949 to1972, Opperman pursued a career in politics, holding several portfolios for the Liberal party, and became Australia's first High Commissioner to Malta in 1966. He was knighted in1968 and retired from politics in 1972. Sir Hubert Opperman died in 1996 at the aged of 92.

  • Horne-Bowie collection(161)

    Glass spearhead
    Spearhead
    Spearhead
    Spearhead
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