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Appendix 3: National Historical Collection – material approved by Council, 1 July 2015 – 30 June 2016

Material approved 21 August 2015

FRAN AND GEOFF BARKER COLLECTION

Three paintings depicting aspects of life at Lockhart River by local artists Rosella Namok and Samantha Hobson. Donated by Fran and Geoff Barker

FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE AUSTRALIA COLLECTION

A kidney dialysis machine, Model 4008B, and reverse osmosis (water purifying) machine, made by Fresenius at its plant in Germany. The objects were used by Pintupi dialysis patients at ‘Purple House’, at Kintore (Walungurru), Northern Territory, the first ‘on country’, locally funded and managed dialysis centre in Australia. Donated by Fresenius Medical Care Australia

GOOJUNG STATION COLLECTION

Two narrow, hardwood parrying shields decorated with incised linear patterns, cut with the deep, straight, regular lines that are typically made by metals tools; two clubs – one with a pointed, cone-shaped head decorated with a band of red sealing wax, the other with an elongated, swollen and pointed head decorated with an incised design along the body and head; and a spear-thrower of elongated leaf shape that is characteristic of the south-east region of Australia, with notched edges and handle and a fine linear design on the under surface. The weapons show signs of traditional use. Purchase

HEY FAMILY COLLECTION

A range of objects relating to the involvement of the donors’ grandparents with the Mapoon mission at Cape York, Far North Queensland, in the 1890s. Of particular significance are a number of craft objects made by Indigenous people living at Mapoon mission. The accompanying photographs, pamphlets, brochures and family documents give insight into the history of the mission and lives of the missionaries. Donated by the Hey family

PETER JACKSON COLLECTION

A presentation cup given to 19th-century boxer Peter Jackson while competing in England in December 1889. The cup was presented by a group of admirers ‘in appreciation’ of Jackson’s personal qualities. Purchase

NICHOLAS LIDSTONE COLLECTION

A 1957 Vespa scooter, diary, logbook and a series of documents and photographs detailing Nicholas Lidstone’s 1960–61 journey on the Vespa from England to Australia. Donated by Nicholas Lidstone

CARMELO MIRABELLI COLLECTION NO. 3

A wooden fruit box, an insect sprayer, a bicycle repair kit, and a suitcase and contents belonging to Carmelo Mirabelli, a Sicilian immigrant who arrived in Australia in 1951. Mirabelli spent six years travelling between northern Queensland, where he cut cane, and Victoria, where he picked fruit. He finally settled in Melbourne, working on the wharves and eventually building his own home. His varied working life is represented by the objects in this collection. Donated by Carmelo Mirabelli

SHEILA MORGAN COLLECTION

Mathematical models and books by Sheila Morgan as part of her experimentation with Klein bottles and Möbius strips. The collection demonstrates innovative mathematical concepts and one woman’s quest for spiritual understanding in an age marked by religious diversity. Donated in 2015

KATHERINE NIX COLLECTION NO. 2

Two panels of handmade paper watermarked with the names of birds, animals, fish and places associated with Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra; and a third, larger panel of handmade paper with a watermark image of the lake and the original course of the Molonglo River. Six smaller artworks comprise watercolour images on handmade paper of different plants (indigenous and introduced) that grow around the lake, and samples of paper made from the identified plant material. Purchase

PANGA COLLECTION

An album containing 135 drawings from the 1870s and 80s by Panga, a young Paakantyi artist from Momba station in north-western New South Wales. The album also contains five photographs – four of Panga, and one of Frederic Bonney, who compiled the album; a letter (and transcription) from Panga to Bonney; and two letters from Annette Maclellan (Bonney’s niece and one of two sisters who previously owned the album) to Charles M Ward, proprietor of the Gallery of Natural History and Native Art at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. Purchase

ROBERT PRENZEL COLLECTION

A carved wooden panel depicting a koala perched on a leafy eucalyptus branch signed ‘R. PRENZEL / SOUTH YARRA VIC / 1925’. It is stamped on the reverse – ‘ROBT PRENZEL / TOORAK ROAD / SOUTH YARRA’. The koala and eucalyptus branch depicted on this panel are typical of symbols that emerged at this time to represent Australia as being distinct from Britain and Europe. Purchase

LLOYD SHARLAND COLLECTION NO. 2

Four photographs of Charles Dunell, apprentice pilot–engineer for Australian National Airways, wearing his flying suit, or uniform, in different settings, dating from 1929 to 1930. Donated by Lloyd Sharland

SOUTH-EASTERN AUSTRALIAN SHIELDS AND CLUB COLLECTION

A club and three shields in a style typical of that used in south-eastern Australia. These objects were made and decorated using stone or animal teeth tools, which indicates they were made in the early 19th century. Purchase

WESTERN DESERT NGANAMPA WALYTJA PALYANTJAKU TJUTAKU ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (PURPLE HOUSE) COLLECTION

A patient dialysis chair; a handpainted sign, ‘Purple House Renal’; a handmade Aboriginal flag; and hand-knitted rug. The dialysis chair and rug were used by Pintupi dialysis patients at the ‘Purple House’ in Kintore (Walungurru), Northern Territory. The Purple House was the first service in a remote community to offer haemodialysis to patients ‘on country’. It was established by community fundraising. The sign and flag mark the Purple House’s 10th anniversary in September 2014. Dialysis chair purchased; sign, flag and rug donated by Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation

Material approved 3 December 2015

WILLIAM ROBERT ANDREW COLLECTION

A double-bed-sized quilt made by tailor William Robert Andrew from scraps of suiting material. It is believed that the quilt was made just before Andrew retired in 1960. Andrew was a thrifty man and his family suspect that he used offcuts to make the quilt for a bed in his holiday house at Mangrove Creek. Donated by Heather Davidson

GEORGE AND ANNIS BILLS HITCHING POST COLLECTION

A cast-iron post or column, painted green with remnant red line work, topped by a decorative Corinthian-type capital that is surmounted by a sculpted, gold-painted horse’s head. Four large rings hang beneath the capital, a mounting step is attached to one side of the post and a water tap to the front. An engraved brass plaque attached to the front of the post reads ‘In appreciation / G & A Bills / from / citizens of Melbourne / 1907’. Purchase

JACK BUCKSKIN COLLECTION

A murlapaka (wooden shield) and wirri (marriage stick), both made by Kaurna cultural leader Jack Buckskin in 2013. The front of the shield has a design in red-and-white pigment and the stick has been varnished. Purchase

BUKU-LARRNGAY ARTS COLLECTION NO. 3

A painted wooden sculpture by Marrirra Marawili representing Djet (the sea eagle), in animal form, catching fish. The main design features painted bands infilled with red, yellow, black and white crosshatching. A black bird with outstretched wings is painted on the back, and a carved and painted fish is depicted around the cylindrical base. Marawili, also known as Gumbaniya, is of the Madarrpa clan. His moiety is Yirritja and he lives in his homeland, Baniyala. His ancestors are the Lightning Snake and Black-Headed Python. Purchase

BULLIVANT LETTER COLLECTION

Six letters written by Elizabeth Caroline Cook Bullivant from Wangaratta, Victoria, to her niece Eliza Goodwin in London between 1880 and 1885, and three related addressed envelopes, and a trade card for ‘T. Bullivant Saddle, Collar & Harness Maker’ of Wangaratta with a note from Caroline Bullivant to her brother-in-law, Robert Goodwin. Bullivant’s saddlery work attracted fame in 1880 after the seige of the Kelly gang at Glenrowan, when it was found that Bullivant had made a saddle for gang member Joe Byrne. Purchase

CARDWELL COLLECTION

Sculptures made by Aboriginal artists from the Girringun Arts Centre in Cardwell, North Queensland. Made in 2010–12, the 17 sculptures were created as part of a ceramics project inspired by the bagu, a traditional fire-making tool formed in the shape of an ancestral rainforest fire spirit. Purchase

COCKBILL AND WILDEN INVOICES COLLECTION

Two invoices for the removal and processing of dead horses in Melbourne during the late 19th century. The first invoice was issued by ‘W. Wilden/Nightman and General Carter’, and the second by ‘J. Cockbill/Bone Dust Manufacturer’. Both invoices are inscribed with handwritten details and costs of services provided to the Richmond Council (Yarra City Council). Purchase

ROBERT ORLANDO COWEY COLLECTION

One folding dry plate Ensign (Houghton Ltd) camera, in its carry case with accessories; a book, The Australian Photographic Instructor; 203 glass plate negatives in their original boxes; and 30 early 20th-century prints, owned, used and created by Robert Orlando Cowey. Donated by Joel Cowey, Margaret Cowey and Christine Hillbrick-Boyd

TRUMPET-MAJOR DALTON POCKET WATCH COLLECTION

A silver hunter pocket watch inscribed ‘PRESENTED TO / TRUMPET MAJOR DALTON / BY OFFICERS / NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS / & TROOPERS / A Troop NSW CAVALRY / 9th DEC. 1891’. The watch, made by Stewart Dawson & Co, Liverpool, is missing its glass and has a white enamel dial with Roman numerals and coloured hands, a seconds movement with missing hand, and two winding keys. Purchase

BARBARA DREW COLLECTION

Dolls and dolls’ clothing made for and featuring in Barbara Drew’s books Let’s Dress a Doll (1968) and Let’s Dress More Dolls (1974), published by Angus and Robertson. Supporting documentation includes Drew’s hand-drafted clothing patterns, photographs, correspondence and newspaper clippings. The collection also includes outfits, some of which feature Drew’s handmade dolls’ accessories, such as a tennis racquet, riding whip and spaceman’s helmet. Donated by Sarah and Billy Constantine, the children of Barbara Drew

HARRIE FASHER ‘SILENT CONVERSATION’ SCULPTURE COLLECTION

A welded steel-rod sculpture incorporating horse and human figures by Harrie Fasher, an emerging Australian artist with a particular interest in equine forms. A professional equestrian before turning her attention to sculpture and drawing, Fasher portrays in this sculpture a horse and a person as individual beings, connected but in their own space. Purchase

VINCE GARREFFA MONDO BUTCHERS COLLECTION

Labels for a range of cavallo (horse meat) products sold at Mondo’s Butchers in Western Australia. The 11 sets of printed adhesive paper labels detail the range’s cuts and styles of smallgoods including rump, ribs, diced, sirloin, mince, scotch fillet, tenderloin, salami, salted beef (bresaola) and sausage (mortadella). Donated by Vince Garreffa, Mondo Butchers

MAY GIBBS COLLECTION NO. 1

A hand-coloured menu featuring gumnut babies created by the illustrator and author May Gibbs on the occasion of Flight Lieutenant Frank Leslie Mathews’ return from Europe and the First World War. Purchase

HORSE PHOTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA COLLECTION NO. 2

Photographs and items of ephemera associated with the history of horses in Australia and which are primarily related to transport, farming, pastoral work, commercial businesses, sport and entertainment. The Cooley’s omnibus service timetable is a rare surviving example of advertising for a Tasmanian urban coaching service. The Chivers family album presents stories of 1920s travel and transportation. The Bullivant family photographs are an insight into the life of a saddler during the 19th century, and provide context for the Ned Kelly bushranging story. Purchase

JANDAMARRA COLLECTION NO. 1

Jack Macale’s painting Preparation for Battle at 6 Mile Creek is an imagined portrait of Jandamarra, the Bunaba resistance figure from the Kimberley region. Purchase

RG KIMBER COLLECTION NO. 2

A range of Aboriginal artefacts, mainly from Central Australia, including objects in use by Pintupi and Warlpiri people in the 1970s and 1980s; objects produced for sale, mainly in the 1970s; several items that were collected from campsites with the permission of Aboriginal custodians; and a selection of stone implements. Donated by Richard (Dick) Kimber

JUDY AND IAN MCPHEE COLLECTION NO. 2

A number of objects relating to the life of Muriel McPhee (1899–1986) including shoes, hat, hatbox, mourning brooch, gold bracelet and ring, First World War–era cards and photographs, lamp, women’s clothing and undergarments, stockings, gloves, handmade post-partum abdominal binder and nursing camisole, grocers’ invoices and hand-embroidered doily. Muriel’s ‘sweetheart’ was killed during the First World War, which robbed her of her dreams of love, marriage and children. In keeping with the stoicism and reserve of postwar mourning customs, Muriel wore black clothing and accessories and kept mementoes such as photographs and a ring as reminders of her loss and grief. Donated by Judy and Ian McPhee

MAKYBE DIVA PAINTING COLLECTION

Amateur equestrian artist Terrance White’s framed acrylic painting of jockey Glen Boss on racehorse Makybe Diva, after their third Melbourne Cup win at Flemington in 2005. The painting was purchased by racing enthusiast Brett Nelson, and signed by Boss at a later race event in Wyong: ‘To Brett / [signature] / THREE TIMES A LADY’. Purchase

MINERS’ COAT OF ARMS COLLECTION

An embroidery depicting an adapted coat of arms. The coat of arms consists of a shield divided into quadrants. At either side of the shield stand two miners: the one on the left carrying a pick, and the one on the right a shovel. Under the shield stand an emu and kangaroo and a scroll at the base of the image is embroidered with ‘Advance Australia’. The embroidered coat of arms relates to a number of different themes, including mining history in Australia, the skilled migration taking place in the mid-19th century and the developing sense of Australian identity that is expressed through ‘Advance Australia’. Purchase

CAROLYN MUNCKTON COLLECTION

The original personalised registration plates for a 48–215 Holden sedan that belonged to industrialist and wartime director of munitions, Essington Lewis. The car was delivered to the Lewis family home on 24 February 1949, the day before Holdens were released for sale to the public. The plates are stamped with Lewis’s initials and the number 797, and were used on a number of family vehicles until about 2004. Donated by Carolyn Munckton

ABE MURIATA COLLECTION

A jawun (bicornual basket) decorated with ochre pigments. Abe Muriata is a Girrimay Traditional Owner and master weaver and one of the leading proponents in the revival of this basket style, which is unique to the rainforest cultures of Far North Queensland. He learnt his art from his family and from studying historic collections of weavings in museums. Muriata is also a maker of traditional rainforest shields. Purchase

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY COLLECTION

A hand-coloured aquatint published in 1790 after an original painting by Robert Dodd and captioned beneath the image ‘The Mutineers turning Lt. Bligh and part of the Officers and Crew adrift from His Majesty’s Ship the “Bounty”’. The print was produced in response to huge public interest in the mutiny and in Bligh’s remarkable feat of navigation in taking 47 days to sail an overcrowded open launch 6710 kilometres across the Pacific to Timor. Purchase

RAJ NAGI COLLECTION

An imagined, approximately life-size likeness of the Aboriginal activist Anthony Martin Fernando by the Sikh–Australian immigrant artist Raj Nagi. Nagi’s experience of racism led him to make this portrait; he believes that all Australians should be aware of the life of this little-known activist. Donated by Raj Nagi

O’DWYER TANK SCOOP MEDAL COLLECTION

A medal awarded to Mr GN Griffiths as a ‘Special Prize’ for demonstrating the O’Dwyer Patent Tank Scoop at the 1888 Great Centennial Exhibition. The obverse bears the inscriptions ‘Agricultural Society of New South Wales’ and ‘Hardy Brothers Sydney’, with imagery representing society and the colonies of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. The reverse bears the motto ‘Practice with Science’ and a wreath around the engraved inscription: ‘GREAT / CENTENNIAL / EXHIBITION / January 1888 / G.N. GRIFFITHS / SPECIAL PRIZE / O’DWYER PATENT TANK SCOOP’. Purchase

PROFESSOR EARL OWEN COLLECTION

Objects and supporting material that document Earl Owen’s career as a surgeon including a Zeiss motorised operating double microscope; sets of surgical, including microsurgical, needles and instruments; a conventional microscope; photographs of early replantation surgery; a presentation model of the Zeiss microscope given to Owen as a gift in 1983; and Owen’s Order of Australia. The collection also includes an example of a seat designed by Owen and manufactured in 1984 for the Sydney Opera House, and some prototype ergonomic ballpoint pens. Donated in 2015

PORT PHILLIP SEAWEED ALBUM COLLECTION

A tooled and decorated leather album of 36 card leaves holding approximately 200 marine macroalgae (seaweed) specimens and a small number of moss, lichen and fern specimens. Handwritten annotations on the specimens indicate that the seaweeds were primarily collected between the 1850s and 1880s from sites around Port Phillip, Victoria. The earliest specimens originate from the north of Ireland and the Cape of Good Hope, which suggests that the album’s creator may have migrated from Great Britain to Melbourne in the 1850s. Purchase

CHERYL MOODAI ROBINSON COLLECTION

Three lithographic prints by artist Cheryl Moodai Robinson titled From the Whiteman’s Grave 1, 2 and 3. The artist identifies as a member of the Stolen Generation. Each print features a reproduction of Moodai Robinson’s great-grandmother’s death certificate and an inscription quoting her thoughts on her children, her spirit and her land. The artist is questioning the circumstances of her great-grandmother’s death given the hostility and indifference with which Aboriginal people were treated at that time. Robinson’s great-grandmother died in a mental home from dementia and cardiovascular disease, which today would be treated in a nursing home or hospital. Donated in 2015

ELLAROSE SAVAGE COLLECTION NO. 3

Three abstract ceramic and ghost-net sculptures that together make up the artwork Tiri Neur (‘three sisters’ in Meriam Mer language). The triangular, glazed ceramic body of each piece contains an aperture decorated with ghost net. The heads are made of woven ghost net in blue, turquoise, yellow, orange, red, green and brown. The artwork demonstrates cultural continuity in the Torres Strait through references to traditional eastern Torres Strait anthropomorphic representations and the region’s intrinsic connection to the sea. Purchase

MARTIN SHARP COLLECTION NO. 1

Six works on paper representing the characteristic themes and iconography of the work of Sydney artist, designer and cartoonist Martin Sharp (1942–2013). They present icons of popular culture and social issues prevalent in Australia from the 1960s onwards. His work is based on creating juxtapositions between images from art history and popular culture. Purchase

SONGLINES – TJUNKAYA TAPAYA COLLECTION

The acrylic painting Kungkarangkalpa Attila, by Ernabella artist Tjunkaya Tapaya, produced in July 2014 at Ernabella Arts in Pukatja community in South Australia. The painting tells the story of Kungkarangkalpa (the Seven Sisters) near Attila, or Mount Conner, a flat-topped mountain that neighbours Uluru. Purchase

JIMMY THAIDAY COLLECTION

A ceramic sculpture, Kab-le (‘the dancer’ in Meriam Mer language) in the form of a traditional Torres Strait warrior/dancer created by Torres Strait Island artist Jimmy Thaiday and based on his research into anthropomorphic figures made on the Torres Strait Islands. Purchase

ROVER THOMAS COLLECTION NO. 3

Rover Thomas’s Yalda Soak (1995) was painted three years before his death in 1998. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch

CECIL THOMPSON POULTRY COLLECTION

A 1922 oil painting, Robert, depicting a Modern Game cockerel, which is framed with eight prize medals. The medals were won by Cecil Thompson’s fowls at show competitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Goulburn between 1924 and 1948. The bottom left-hand corner of the portrait is inscribed, ‘ROBERT / owned / by / C. Thompson’. Opposite, in the bottom right corner, is the painted inscription, ‘S. Thomson /1922’. Purchase

Material approved 18 February 2016

PAUL BONG COLLECTION

Yidinji artist Paul Bong’s etchings My Flag and Crossroads, both of which were printed by master printer Theo Tremblay in Cairns, Queensland. Bong’s work is inspired by his research into his cultural background and his continuing interest in rainforest shields. Bong uses contemporary printing techniques to incorporate traditional totems and designs with spiritual meaning into his artworks. Purchase

MILYIKA (ALISON) CARROLL COLLECTION

Milyika (Alison) Carroll’s handpainted ceramic vase and platter made in Canberra in 2011 as part of the Remote Communities Ceramic Network (RCCN) project. The designs of both objects feature clay sourced from around Ernabella, South Australia, which creates an important physical connection to the country to which the pots relate. Purchase

CUCKSON BODENWIESER COLLECTION NO. 2

Costumes, personal items and archival material relating to the career of the dancer and choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser. There are 22 ballet costumes dating from 1930–59, Bodenwieser’s wedding ring, dress ring and a silver bowl brought from Vienna. A small collection of programs, brochures and photographs relating to specific performances and the Bodenwieser dance school has been placed in the Museum’s Archive collection. Donated by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

KARLA DICKENS COLLECTION

Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens’s Never Forgotten. The artwork comprises a baby’s cradle made from black wicker cane and draped in a black, spotted veil. The cradle was originally used by Karla’s second child, Ginger. Purchase

ALICE EATON COLLECTION

Objects, correspondence and ephemera collected by Alice Yoxon between about 1909 and 1919, which coincides with the First World War when Yoxon was at school and, later, a member of the Volunteer Aid Detachment (VAD). The collection includes postcards sent by her brothers serving in France, a souvenir pocketknife from the troop ship on which her brother Lewis Yoxon returned to Australia, and an Australian Red Ensign that was hung from the verandah of the Yoxon family home to welcome the brothers back to Australia. Donated by Dr Michael Pickering

ERNABELLA ARTS INC. COLLECTION NO. 11

Two silk batiks and one silk length, one cotton dress made from batik fabric and three lengths of screen-printed cotton fabric. Kerry Martin collected them while working at Pukatja at Ernabella Arts, South Australia, between 1988 and 1989. Purchase

PAUL HOUSE COLLECTION NO. 2

A piece of paper bark and four samples of ochre collected in the Canberra region by Ngambri elder Paul House. These items were used by House on a regular basis from 1984 in his role as a Ngambri cultural leader, dancer and musician representing the Ngambri people at cultural activities and formal political occasions in Canberra. Donated by Paul House (Ngambri)

CARL KAHLER COLLECTION

A printed photogravure on thick paper measuring 900 x 1200 mm, depicting a racetrack scene from the Victorian Racing Club Derby Day of 1886. The famed Parisian printmakers Goupil & Cie prepared the image in 1889 using an original work by Austrian artist Carl Kahler, which is now held in the collection of the Victorian Racing Club in Melbourne. Although intended for distribution in Australia in 1890, this photogravure copy of the well-known artwork survived in France in an excellent state of conservation until approximately 1993. Purchase

GEORGE LACY COLLECTION

A watercolour depicting two men and a woman fishing in a river. Two other, possibly Aboriginal, figures appear in the background, one seated and one in a canoe. Text below the image reads ‘Fishing for Murray Cod / “Here, Mary, is a nice little fish you can fry for supper”’, and ‘G. Lacy’. British–Australian artist George Lacy (d 1878) created this work, probably in 1860, during his stay at a station near Wodonga, Victoria. Purchase

WILLIAM PERRY COLLECTION

William Perry’s leather-bound copy of the 1762 edition of Robert Dodsley’s The Oeconomy of Human Life. The book bears Perry’s signature and the inscription: ‘This book went round the World on the Endeavour in 1768 / 69 / 70 & 1771.’ William Perry served as surgeon’s mate on board HMB Endeavour under Lieutenant James Cook and, from late 1770, as the ship’s surgeon. Purchase

JOHN REA COLLECTION

A set of three small commemorative objects that belonged to Private John Rea (1888–?), an apprentice farrier and later blacksmith from Sydney, New South Wales. Rea enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in April 1915 and served overseas for two and a half years. The collection includes a pendant containing two black-and-white portrait photographs dating to after April 1917, Rea’s gold ‘tribute’ fob or medalet presented by his local community in October 1917, and his 1914–15 Star medal for wartime service presented in April 1920. Purchase

BRIAN ROBINSON COLLECTION NO. 3

Brian Robinson’s limited edition, linocut print Krar-Aimai 101 is a playful interpretation of the traditional art of Torres Strait mask-making. The work’s title is a phrase in Kala Lagaw Ya, the traditional language of the Western Island people of Zenadh Kes that, in English, means ‘turtle-shell mask-making’. The number 101 alludes to an introductory course of study – hence ‘Krar-Aimai 101’ refers to an introductory lesson in turtle-shell mask-making. Purchase

AMANDA STUART COLLECTION

Eight colour photographs and two large, detailed drawings created in response to a cat-skin rug in the Museum’s Arthur and Ena Harris collection and a thylacine pelt in the Charles Selby Wilson collection. The photographs and artworks comprise paper, ink, pencil, tannic acid, lanolin, soil, dingo urine and felt. Amanda Stuart is an emerging Australian artist whose work explores the histories of humans living alongside wild and domestic animals. Purchase

COLINA WYMARRA COLLECTION

Colina Wymarra’s painting The Eyes of Innocence (2015), which was painted specifically for the Museum’s Encounters exhibition, responds to the sharing of research about Indigenous objects collected from Somerset, Cape York, in the 1860s and that are now held in the British Museum. Purchase

Material approved 5 May 2016


VERNON AH KEE COLLECTION NO. 2

A ‘shield’ artwork created by Vernon Ah Kee as part of his cantchant series. One face of the shield features a traditional Yidinji shield design and the reverse depicts the artist’s drawing of his great-grandfather George Sibley, which is based on anthropologist Norman Tindale’s photograph of Sibley on Palm Island, North Queensland, in 1938. Purchase

AUSTRALIAN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY COLLECTION

Three giant clam shells seized from boats fishing illegally in Australian waters. The larger clams are estimated to be over 100 years old, having settled on Evans Shoal, 300 kilometres off the coast of Darwin, before the First World War. They are among hundreds of giant clams killed between November 2013 and March 2014 by fishermen travelling to Australia specifically to harvest these rare animals. Donated by Australian Fisheries Management Authority

KENNY BROWN COLLECTION

A tunga (bark basket) made by Tiwi artist Kenny Brown from Milikapiti, Melville Island. The collection also includes his associated tunga-making implements such as brushes, a container for mixing ochres, ochres and a stone for grinding the ochre. Purchase

CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN SOUVENIRS COLLECTION

Ten items purchased by Patricia Ketchell during her holiday in Central Australia in October 1962: Oscar Namatjira’s watercolour of Mount Sonder and a round, kangaroo-pelt mat from the Hermannsburg Mission; a carved lizard, coolamon, boomerang and two tap sticks (or music sticks) from Aboriginal people camped at the base of Uluru; and a spear-thrower and spears from an Aboriginal man walking near the road between Uluru and Alice Springs. Purchase

HARRY CLARKE COLLECTION

A penny-farthing bicycle manufactured by the Cogent Bicycle Works of Wolverhampton, England, in 1884 and acquired in Tasmania in 1983 by Mr Henry (‘Harry’) Thomas Clarke, a Melbourne-based vintage-bicycle enthusiast. The bicycle has a black-painted metal frame, vinyl-covered seat, timber handles and solid-rubber tyres. The collection also includes Clarke’s 1970s tweed suit and a brown and yellow cycling jersey worn during vintage-bicycle festivals and activities. Purchase

FAY CLAYTON COLLECTION

Wiradjuri artist Fay Clayton’s two acrylic on canvas paintings Mother Proof Fence and The End of the Line addressing one of the major historical events of 20th-century Australia: the involuntary removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their communities. Purchase

WILLIE DAWSON COLLECTION

A parrying shield created by Dieri craftsman William (Willie) Dawson. It is a replica of a shield given to him by an Aboriginal elder and is made from a single piece of whitewood (Atalaya hemiglauca), with carved designs on the anterior surface. The handle on the posterior is carved out of the same piece of wood. The design on Dawson’s shield reflects the important links between Dieri people and their country; in particular, the importance of water sources in an arid environment. Purchase

ELLESTAN DUSTING COLLECTION NO. 2

A suite of Order of the British Empire (OBE) decorations, including a full-size and a miniature OBE, a lapel pin and a ribbon bar accompanied by a black, embossed presentation case and a certificate verifying Ellestan Dusting’s appointment as an ordinary officer of the civil division of the order in 1969. The collection also includes Dusting’s press pass and enamelled metal press badge from the 1954 Australian Royal Visit. Dusting received her OBE in 1969 for her services to the Commonwealth as a private secretary to a series of six cabinet ministers from the Liberal, Labor and Country parties, including Sir Paul Hasluck for seven years. Donated by Merrell Davis OAM

SEAN FAGAN COLLECTION

A contemporary parrying shield made by Sean Fagan, a Wadawurrung craftsman. It is engraved with traditional designs that represent the landscape, ceremonial places and tribal boundaries of the Wadawurrung and their Dja Dja Wurrung neighbours in Victoria. Purchase

FRAMLINGHAM RANGERS COLLECTION

Two eel spears and a wire eel trap made in 2014, including a spear made by Possum Clark. The spear is a long wooden pole with five large nails fastened with hose clamps and wire. The collection also includes a second, commercially made metal spear with five metal prongs. The eel trap was constructed by Lionel Chatfield using two cylindrical chicken-wire forms, one inserted into the other. Chatfield and Clark are from Framlingham in south-western Victoria. Eels have been an important food source for thousands of years for Gunditjmara Aboriginal people, who made multi-pronged spears and woven reed eel traps. Purchase

GAB TITUI INDIGENOUS ART AWARD 2015 COLLECTION

Eight objects acquired from the 2015 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Awards; a framed linocut print Danalaigau Rangadhau Kab (Life’s Journey Paddle) by Lauri Nona of Badu Island, Queensland, which won the History through Art prize; Oobii, a Torres Strait Island flat cap by Rion Savage of Masig Island; and six ghost-net sculptures by artists from Erub Island – Sereb Sereb Narr, a model pearling lugger by Jimmy John Thaiday; Barramundi Cod Pair by Ellarose Savage; Pere Nam, a turtle by Lorenzo Ketchall; Au Wiri by Milla Anson; Dhangal by Florence Mable Gutchen; and Mother’s Love by Sarah Gela. Purchase

ST GILL COLLECTION

A printer’s woodblock prepared by engraver Frederick Grosse (1828–1894) after an 1864 illustration, Bourke Street West in the Forenoon, by artist Samuel Thomas Gill (1818–1880). The collection also includes a copy of Gill’s 1865 The Australian Sketchbook containing 24 chromolithographs and published by Melbourne-based Hamel & Ferguson. Purchase

GUGIN GUDDUBA COLLECTION

Two handmade fibre bags from 2013: 5 Types Bag made by Lauren Jarrett, and Sugar Bag made by Benedicta (Ben) Radic. The makers used these bags to teach and demonstrate weaving and string-making processes to other women in the Bundjalung and neighbouring communities in New South Wales. Purchase

GEORGE HAMILTON COLLECTION

A first edition of An Appeal for the Horse (1866), written and illustrated by George Hamilton (1812–1883). Printed by David Gall of 89 King William Street, Adelaide, the octavo is covered in a dark-purple cloth with gold lettering. It includes six tinted lithographs spread over 51 pages. Prior to the existence in Australia of a formal organisation dedicated to animal welfare, Hamilton used compelling narratives coupled with graphic imagery to draw the attention of colonists to the plight of working horses. Purchase

SUSAN HAMILTON COLLECTION

A wig, robe, jacket, jabot and pair of shoes worn by barrister Susan Hamilton to the High Court of Australia on 12 February 2013. Hamilton was the first Torres Strait Islander barrister to appear as counsel in the High Court. Purchase

ROYCE HART COLLECTION

The collection documents Royce Hart’s Australian Rules football career at Richmond Football Club, Melbourne, from 1966 to 1977. Hart’s career coincided with the club’s most successful era during which Richmond played in five grand finals, winning four. Hart captained the team from 1972 to 1975 and, on two occasions, was awarded the club’s Jack Dyer medal for best and fairest. He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996 and, in 2013, was elevated to the status of ‘Legend’. Hart was also named in the Australian Football League’s team of the century in 1996, and in Richmond’s team of the century. The collection includes team jumpers, blazers, trophies, medals, photographs, magazines, posters and documents. Purchase

ERNEST HODGKIN TRUST FOR ESTUARY EDUCATION AND RESEARCH COLLECTION

Scientific and camping equipment associated with the work of estuarine ecologist Ernest Hodgkin, who led the development of interdisciplinary ecological research in Western Australia and beyond. Application of his research within agricultural districts helped bring farming systems into closer alignment with the longstanding dynamics of local ecologies. Some of the items were handmade by Hodgkin. Donated by the Ernest Hodgkin Trust for Estuary Education and Research

MATILDA HOUSE COLLECTION

Ngambri elder Matilda House’s 2015 mixed-media painting Mapping Country. The painting is a visual expression of House’s identity as a prominent Ngambri traditional owner/custodian of the Canberra region. The painting embodies her knowledge and memories of her childhood through to being a grandmother and the importance of passing down her knowledge of country from grandmother to granddaughter. Purchase

PAUL HOUSE COLLECTION NO. 1

A wooden didgeridoo painted with a dotted design featuring a stylised goanna/lizard depicted down the length of the obverse. Ngambri man Paul House made this didgeridoo in 1984 and has since used it in his role as a cultural leader and musician and in undertaking ‘connection to country’ activities. The motif refers to girrawah, the local word for goanna or lizard, which is a nickname given to House as a child by his grandfather, Harold ‘Black Harry’ Williams. Purchase

JUDITH INKAMALA – HERMANNSBURG POTTERS COLLECTION

A large painted ceramic pot with a lid made by Hermannsburg Potters Inc. artist Judith Pungkarta Inkamala. Titled Namatjira and Battarbee Painting on Country, the work depicts the story of Albert (Elea) Namatjira (1902–1959) and Reginald Ernest (Rex) Battarbee (1893–1973) meeting and working together in Central Australia. Purchase

PHILLIP PARKER KING AND ALLAN CUNNINGHAM COLLECTION

Seven objects, including naval dress regalia (a pair of epaulettes, sword, leather belt and cockade hat) and a theodolite attributed to Phillip Parker King. A boxed pocket microscope and larger boxed microscope with slides, nameplate and fittings attributed to Allan Cunningham. The collection is significant as the objects relate to the lives and careers of two men who played important roles in the development of colonial Australia. Purchase

LAKE CONDAH BASKETS COLLECTION

Three coiled baskets made at the Aboriginal mission at Lake Condah, Victoria, sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century, and a paper label associated with their display at Lake Condah Museum in the 1960s. Their style is characteristic of western Victoria, where women commonly used baskets to carry food and personal items, or sold them to British settlers in the area. Purchase

RODNEY MASON COLLECTION

Two fishing spears (garrara), and samples of grass tree resin, a mussel-shell spear barb, sinew fibre and string fibre. The spears are examples of the types used by Aboriginal people along coastal New South Wales, both before and after the arrival of British settlers. Mason’s family has made and used such spears for generations. He created these in response to four similar spears, collected by Lieutenant James Cook at Botany Bay in 1770, that are now held in the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, England. Purchase

ROBERT MARSH COLLECTION

Thirteen items presenting a summary of Corrie S Rodda’s Fairview Clydesdale Stud from 1927 to 1945 including trophies, medallions, framed portraits and breeding documents for Rodda’s prize-winning Clydesdales, imported from the leading studs of Scotland. Dating from the late 1920s and early 1930s, the collection represents the height of Clydesdale breeding in Victoria and the foundation of many Australian progenies. Purchase/Donated by Robert Marsh

JOHN MAWURNDJUL COLLECTION

A lorrkon, or painted hollow log, and a bark painting entitled Milmilngkan. These works appeared in the first major exhibition of John Mawurndjul’s work since 2009. Both works relate to Milmilngkan, Northern Territory, a site where Rainbow Serpents inhabit a sacred waterhole and where there is a deposit of the kaolin collected for ceremonial and commercial painting. Purchase

AUDREY MCBURNEY COLLECTION

Objects and supporting material illustrating McBurney’s career and achievements as a craftswoman in the mid- to late 20th century, including needlework and crochet items such as doilies, aprons and a tea-cosy; knitted clothing; examples of handwoven cloth, and a loom; a knitted Shetland lace shawl; knitted and crochet pieces made by two of McBurney’s English and Scottish forebears; and sample and pattern books that she compiled and collected. Donated by Janice Jolly

NGURRATJUTA MANY HANDS ART CENTRE COLLECTION

A collection of 15 works representing artists who are part of the Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra/Many Hands Art Centre in Alice Springs, Northern Territory: Lenie Namatjira, Gloria Pannka, Mervyn Rubuntja, Kevin Namatjira, Reinhold Inkamala and Benita Clements. The artists are descendants and relatives of Albert (Elea) Namatjira (1902–1959). Each artist has developed their own painting style, but they continue to reference the ‘heritage of Namatjira’. Purchase

RSPCA ACT COLLECTION

A fleece shorn from ‘Chris the Sheep’, a medium-wool merino rescued from paddocks near Mulligans Flat in the Australian Capital Territory carrying more than five years’ growth of wool. When Chris was shorn the resulting fleece weighed 41.1 kilograms, a new Guinness World Record for ‘heaviest fleece’. The matted fleece is complete and embedded with insects, grass seeds and other vegetation, soaked with urine and compacted with faeces. Donated by RSPCA ACT to promote animal welfare

AUNTY AGNES SHEA COLLECTION

A ceramic teapot and cup set with a floral design used by Ngunnawal elder, Aunty Agnes Shea OAM. It is a common practice in most Aboriginal communities across Australia for Aunties and Uncles to gather and share a pot of tea and discuss community business and issues. Purchase

STRONGMAN COLLECTION NO. 2

The original, handmade grille badge created for the first prototype Holden motor car. Purchase

YANYATJARRI TJAKAMARRA COLLECTION NO. 2

Yanyatjarri Tjakamarra’s painting Rilynga (1974) documenting the exploits of the ancestral Native Cat (Western quoll), which is referred to in Pintupi as Kurninka. Purchase

YANYATJARRI TJAKAMARRA COLLECTION NO. 3

Yanyatjarri Tjakamarra’s painting Yawalyurru (1987). Yanyatjarri (Anatjari) Tjakamarra was one of the original artists of the desert painting movement, which developed at the government settlement of Papunya, Northern Territory, in 1971. He was the first Australian Indigenous artist to be recognised as a contemporary artist in a major international art collection (for Tingari Cycle Dreaming at Paratjakutti, 1989, which was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York). Purchase

UNSETTLED EXHIBITION – JULIE GOUGH COLLECTION

Contemporary Indigenous artist Julie Gough’s 2015 installation Time Keeper. It comprises a suspended kelp carrier above a pile of sand, and an associated digital media piece. Purchase

UNSETTLED EXHIBITION – JUDY WATSON COLLECTION NO. 1

Six framed prints by contemporary Indigenous, Queensland-based artist Judy Watson, titled the holes in the land 1–6. The prints were made in 2015 for the linked exhibitions by the National Museum of Australia and the British Museum, based on the Indigenous collections for the British Museum. Purchase

UNSETTLED EXHIBITION – JUDY WATSON COLLECTION NO. 2

Contemporary Indigenous, Queensland-based artist Judy Watson’s 2015 installation Our Skeletons in Your Closet. The work references the life and activism of Anthony Martin Fernando, a little-known Aboriginal figure who left Australia for England to protest the treatment of Aboriginal people during the 1920s. The installation comprises three textile cloaks with associated porcelain skeleton figures attached and seven figures unattached. These figures were made by Delvene Cockatoo-Collins. The collection also includes a related media piece featuring Fernando’s diary. Purchase

UNSETTLED EXHIBITION – WUKUN WANAMBI COLLECTION

Yolngu artist Wukun Wanambi’s 2015 installation of nine larrakitj (wooden logs). Six are painted in natural earth pigment. Wanambi’s larrakitj communicate creation and ancestral stories, and are a demonstration of the strength and power of Yolgnu culture. Wanambi created this series of poles to show the different stages in the production of larrakitj. Purchase

NOEL WELLINGTON COLLECTION NO. 1

Noel Wellington’s carved and lacquered ironbark log depicting the Shoalhaven River, New South Wales, made in 2014, and a banner that Wellington designed for the first anniversary of the gazettal of the Cullunghutti (Coolangatta Mountain) Aboriginal Area in October 2013. Purchase

FRITZ WESELMAN SKIS COLLECTION

A pair of handmade wooden skis with painted decoration showing they were made by Kiandra, New South Wales, miner and hotel owner Fritz Weselman, and worn when he won the amateur snow-shoe race at Kiandra in August 1898. Purchase