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Leather convict caps, 1820-65

These are folding leather convict caps made in Britain and worn in Australia between 1820 and 1865. They feature high creased crowns and semicircular folding sides, which could be tied up above the crown or let down to form a brim. All are hand sewn and have leather lining and a leather-bound brim.

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Woollen convict cap, 1820-55

This is a man's grey woollen convict cap with high creased crown and curved sides. 'BO' (Board of Ordnance) is stamped in ochre-coloured paint on the lower rim. It was manufactured either in Australia or Britain sometime between 1820 and 1855.

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'Gold fields of Australia' board game, 1853-56

This is a board game based on the goldfields of Australia, made by Darton and Co sometime between 1853 and 1856. The game is enclosed in a red canvas cover that has the appearance of a book when closed. The cover features an image of a family in a bullock cart, and people standing around the cart holding picks and sacks ...

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Wedding dress worn by Hannah Palser Prior, 1882

This is a wedding dress worn by Hannah Palser Prior on her wedding day in 1882. The dress is made from silk gauze and has a cream wool-and-silk trained bustle. The skirt is trimmed with shirring and pleating and the cuffs and yoke are ruched white satin. The dress has a cuirasse bodice with a high round neck, long sleeves ...

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Zoological garden paper theatre, 1860-70

This is a toy paper theatre with a zoological-garden theme. It was probably made in Germany during the decade 1860-70. The set includes 46 separate cardboard cut-outs (some shown) depicting various parts of a zoological garden. Each has been printed lithographically in monochrome and then handpainted using aniline dyes. ...

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Convict jacket, 1855-80

This is a convict jacket of black and yellow felted wool, manufactured in England and worn in Australia sometime between 1855 and 1880. The jacket is short with front buttoning, a high stand-up collar, and a long, shaped sleeve with buttoned cuff. Of the original six metal painted black buttons, three are missing. The torso, ...

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Pull-along toy horse, 1875-1900

This is a pull-along toy horse made in Germany sometime between 1870 and 1900. The horse is in a walking position and has been placed on a moulded timber platform that is inset with four cast-iron spoked wheels. The body is covered in brown-and-white animal skin, probably calf hide. The horse has a silver mane and tail, ...

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Female doll used by Eliza Wilkins, 1840-49

This is a female doll manufactured in Germany around 1840-49. It has a wax head and legs and a cloth body stuffed with sawdust. The doll's face is finely toned, with hazel-coloured glass 'sleeping eyes' that can be opened and shut by a wire mechanism at the waist. Dark brown human hair has been finely stitched onto cloth ...

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'Race to the gold diggings of Australia' board game, 1850-69

This is a 'Race to the gold diggings of Australia' board game made in England between 1850 and 1869. The game board is a hand-coloured lithograph mounted on linen. There is a printed rule card, six painted ship pieces with stands and a cardboard teetotum, all of which would have been stored in a wooden case with an illustrated ...

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Solar heater designed by Lawrence Hargrave, 1907-12

This is a metal solar heater designed by Lawrence Hargrave between 1907 and 1912. The varnished wooden base comprises two triangular boards: one horizontal and one attached at a 50-degree angle. The base supports a brass rod that sits at a 45-degree angle. Mounted on the end of the rod is a wide metal cone painted silver ...

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Steam wagon made by Aveling and Porter, 1920

This is an overtype steam wagon, manufactured from timber and steel by Aveling and Porter in 1920. The side of the wagon reads: 'MUNICIPALITY OF ROCKDALE'. The wagon has a traction-engine locomotive-type boiler with the cylinders and valve gear mounted on top of the boiler. The rear wheels are perforated and staked (the ...

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Dennis Tamini fire truck, 1932

This is a Dennis Tamini fire truck with a four-cylinder overhead-valve engine, made by Dennis Bros, England, in 1932. The exterior of the truck is painted red with gold trim decoration. The front of the truck comprises a box-shaped grille with a pair of circular fog lights and arching wheel covers. On either side are a ...

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Shipbuilder's model of SS South Bulli, 1913

This is a 1913 shipbuilder's model of the SS South Bulli, made by Hall, Russell and Company in Abderdeen, Scotland. It is made of wood with metal trimmings and is mounted in a rectangular glass case. The model comprises masts, aerials, rigging and deck details including anchors, deck rails, companionways, bollards, ventilators, ...

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Leyland double-decker bus, 1951

This a double-decker Leyland omnibus painted in blue and cream and numbered 2769. The bus has a Leyland style OPD2/1 chassis. There are 13 seats downstairs in addition to a driver's cabin, and 16 seats upstairs, with a rear corner staircase and fitted lighting.

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Steam road-roller made by Aveling and Porter, 1922-23

This is a Type D steam road-roller, manufactured from metal by Aveling and Porter in 1922-23. It is similar in appearance to a traction engine, but instead of two front wheels it has two wide rollers set closely together. The two rear wheels have broad flat tyres and act as rear rollers. It features a side-by-side compound ...

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AWA telephone, 1934

This is a table telephone manufactured by Amalgamated Wireless Australia Ltd (AWA) in Australia in 1934. The component parts are constructed from black bakelite (phenol formaldehyde) with four rubber feet applied to the base and two cloth-covered cables attached to the back base. The phone features a dial with applied disc, ...

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Sunshine recorder, 1895

This is a sunshine or solar recorder consisting of a glass sphere mounted on a brass quadrant with a latitude adjustment; it is set for Sydney's latitude. The quadrant also supports a curved brass card or form holder that sits directly behind the glass sphere. The quadrant is mounted on a rectangular cast-alloy base.

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Model of Hargrave's box kite, 1969

This is a reproduction model of a double box kite. It was designed by Lawrence Hargrave in 1893 and was made by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney in 1969. It comprises two rectangular cells made from a wooden frame with a cream cotton calico covering. Inside each of the cells are two wooden cross struts ...

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Rocking horse, late 19th century

This is a timber rocking horse, realistically carved and painted in dappled grey. It was made in the late 19th century, probably in England. The horse is depicted with outstretched legs at a full gallop, complete with turned-back hooves. These are attached to curving struts or bows that form the rockers. The action and ...

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'Catalogus stellarum Australium' (catalogue of southern hemisphere stars), 1679

This is a leather-bound book. The title page has the heading 'CATALOGUS / STELLARUM AUSTRALIUM' (catalogue of southern hemisphere stars). The spine (not shown) is stamped with gold lettering that reads '1679 HALLEYS CATALOGUS STELLARUM'. The volume has 47 pages, 24 of which contain charts on the longitude and latitude of ...