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  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Third of a set of three postcards from Joan Richmond - England
    Letter with envelope from Joan Richmond - Darwin
    Letter from Joan Richmond - Montelimar
    Envelope to Mrs. John Richmond

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    St Andrew's Rectory, Seven Hills
    Fry's Chocolate
    Sailing Sydney Harbour, Bonnington Irish Moss
    Albion No 5 14.8.11
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Royal Melbroune Centenary Show, 1948 for first prize for a snow white play apron
    Certificate awarded at the Kiama Agricultural and Horticultural Association 117th Annual Show, 1965  for first prize for a tapestry bag
    Champion, awarded to Mrs V. Wilson for 'Piece Fancy Work' for her 'Jacobean bird' textile panel at the 1953 Manilla 19th Annual Show
    'Best Worked Table Centre' awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for her Round Rose Tablecloth at the 1967 Gulargambone Annual Show
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token dated December 1830
    Convict love token captioned I love till death shall stop my breath, 1802
    Convict love token from W.R. McKay, 1835
    Convict love token from J. Jordan

    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.

  • Paul Tom collection(1)

    Dugong in tail down position, carved from wongai wood by Paul Tom, Moa Island

    The Paul Tom collection consists of a dugong carving made from wongai wood found within the Torres Strait. Mr Paul Tom is from Kubin Village, Moa Island in the Torres Strait. The dugong carving illustrates Torres Strait Islanders relationship with clan totems.

    The Dugong is a sea mammal found in the Torres Strait Islands. It is a main source of food for the Torres Strait Islanders as well as pertaining to cultural practices. The dugong is one of the clan totems used in ceremonies including initiation, medicinal purposes, dancing, legends, custom and laws. The dugong is also referred to as Dhangal by the Western Islanders from the Western Island language Kala Lagaw Ya.

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

    Iguana and Shark
    The Magellan Clouds
    The final burial (aka A burial ceremony), work on paper, Yirrkla, 1948
    The Moon-Man, Alinda, Yirrkala, 1948
  • People's Paraphernalia collection no. 10(3)

    NSW Welcomes President Johnson
    Poster titled 'Help Australia - Help yourself... buy WAR SAVINGS STAMPS and CERTIFICATES'
    Wartime patriotic poster titled 'Invest NOW in the SECOND VICTORY LOAN Your Bond is a Bridgehead'
  • Lightburn collection(5)

    1963 Lightburn Zeta motor car

    Delivery inspection sheet dated 3.9.91 and Registration slip to permit vehicle movement to Cen...

    Plastic wallet holding an Owner's manual for Zeta by Lightburn and a service checks booklet.

    Zeta Lightburn Booklet.