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  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Girl, Unnrubinna, tobogganing on the granite slopes at Kurrekapinya Soakage, Ayers Ranges, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Film negative - Red Lily Lagoon, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Lantern slide - Pitjantjatjara man, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920-1924
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Mrs. 'Arris & Mrs. 'Iggs who entertain you from Station 2UW
    Hotel Lorne, Lorne Vic
    Miller's Ostrich Feathers
    Australian settler's home on fire.  A Merry Christmas
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    View of the C.M. Customs Club at Kulangsu Amoy from the recreation ground. Aug 1921
    Alex Henry, Draper & Clothier...Number One Drapery Warehouse, Turriff, March, 1929
  • Keith Goddard collection(252)

    Kimberley point
    Stone point
    Kimberley point
  • Mary Nicholson collection no. 2(19)

    Crean Cream
    Lead Sinker
    Gorby Goobie
  • Michael Cook collection(10)

    Undiscovered #8, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #9, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #1, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #3, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010

    The collection comprises a suite of ten inkjet prints on archival Hahnemuhle photo rag paper by Michael Cook, Bidjara artist of southwest Queensland.

    The prints are elegant, dreamlike and beautiful, featuring unlikely images of an Aboriginal man dressed in the red-coated garb of a British soldier of the 18th century wading in the breaking waters of the Australian surf. In may of the images he is juxtaposed with a native creature and some object of colonial nature. The collection is an important addition to the National Historical Collection as it explores the nature of colonial and Indigenous difference from an Indigenous perspective, and provides a vehicle through which discussions about colonisation of the land may be held.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Weapon - Spear
    Borolo-borolo, work on paper, Yirrkala, 1948
    Cabbage tree palm leaf basket
  • Susan (Sue) Powell collection(7)

    London 2012 Paralympic Speedsuit worn by Sue Powell in the Pursuit and in the Road Time Trial
    World Paracycling Championship gold medal won by paracyclist Sue Powell in Italy in 2009
    Carbon fibre leg brace with velcro straps and a shoe worn by Australian Paralympic cycling champion, Sue Powell
    Shoe worn by Sue Powell

    This collection documents some of the achievements of Australian Paralympic cycling champion, Susan (Sue) Powell. Powell, a Paralympic gold medallist and classified C4 paracyclist, was named Champion of Champions at four consecutive Australian Paracycling Track Championships and three times Female Paracyclist of the Year. Included in this collection are a World Championship jersey and medal won by Powell in Italy in 2009; a London 2012 Paralympic Speedsuit worn by Powell in the Pursuit (which she won) and in the Road Time Trial; a colour poster; and a carbon fibre leg brace.

    Until recently, disabled people were unable to participate in cycling. Technological advances in bicycle adaptation have now made this possible. As well as for relaxation and health, cycling for the disabled is now a sport known as paracycling with coaching and development opportunities through sporting clubs and governing sports bodies. Paracycling was first included in the Paralympic Games in 1984 and has since evolved significantly, with each type of disability being classified into specific functional categories. In order to qualify, strict criteria must be met, from medical and functional criteria being included to even the playing field.