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Scrapbook compiled by Mary Truby King, 1928-2002

This is a personal scrapbook compiled by Mary Truby King, mostly in the 1930s. It is a thick bound foolscap book with heavy marbled cardboard covers and a maroon leather spine. Its blank pages are numbered and the first pages have alphabetical tabs. The scrapbook contains pasted clippings of Truby King's own articles from ...

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Octopus Game & Watch by Nintendo, 1981

This is an Octopus Game & Watch console manufactured by Nintendo in Japan in 1981. It is designed to be held comfortably in both hands and operated using thumbs on two red buttons, which are labelled 'LEFT' and 'RIGHT'. It is rectangular and has a maroon plastic casing with gold-coloured metallic front. The back (not shown) ...

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Bookmaker's indicator board, 1947

This is a bookmaker's indicator board, an apparatus for the display of betting odds, comprising four die-cast metal pieces joined to form an indicator board that is rectangular in shape and painted green. It was manufactured by Diecasters Australia in 1947. There is provision for a total of 12 names, each having a corresponding ...

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'Betachek G5' blood-glucose monitor

This is an assembled blood-glucose monitor. It was manufactured by National Diagnostic Products at some stage between 2000 and 2003. It is made from plastic and rubber, and consists of a monitor with electronic liquid crystal display screen, a set of buttons and a test strip.

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Afshan runner from the Shirvan district, North Caucasus, c1800

This is a long rectangular runner rug with predominantly woollen warps, cotton wefts and knotted woollen pile. It was manufactured in the Shirvan district of the Kuba region of the North Caucasus in around 1800. The dark blue field is filled with rosettes and palmettes linked by vertically aligned and somewhat geometric ...

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Two Ersari tent bags from western Turkestan, 1900-10

These are two tent bags made by Ersari people in western Turkestan sometime between 1900 and 1910. The bags have woollen warps and wefts and weft-float brocading. Both have rows of alternating lozenge-shaped guls comprising hooked motifs that are generally described as representing ram horns. These are separated by straight ...

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Patchwork quilt, 1857

This is a rectangular pieced quilt made by Amelia Brown in 1857. It features rows of pieced and appliquéd squares radiating out from a central medallion. The patchwork pieces are cut from plain and patterned cottons, including small floral prints, checks and stripes. The central motif of a cockerel is appliquéd in red on ...

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Shirley Temple doll, 1935-36

This is a Shirley Temple doll manufactured by Ideal Novelty and Toy Company, USA, between 1935 and 1936. The doll has curly blonde hair, painted skin and blue 'sleep' eyes, which open and close depending on the doll's orientation. She is wearing a white cotton dress that has a lined red collar with a bow. There is also ...

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Aviator's flying cap worn by Millicent Bryant, 1926

This is a flying cap, made of leather and cotton with metal stud fastenings, manufactured around 1926. It features a brown leather peaked cap with cheek flaps and green and grey tartan lining. It was used by Australian aviator Millicent Bryant.

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Allen's motorcycling collector cards, 1927-30

These are 52 Allen's collector cards featuring Australian and international motorcycle riders. On the front of each card is a blue-tinted photograph of a rider together with their name. The reverse side of the card features information about the rider and about Allen's confectionery.

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Clark sink plug, 1997-98

This is a blue PVC sink plug made by Anchor Plastics in 1997-98 for Fred Clark Australia. It is a single disc with an asymmetrical undercut and the label 'CLARK'.

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Apollo 8 space meal package, 1968

This is a space meal package developed for the Apollo 8 mission and prepared in the USA in 1968. It comprises a six-item dinner, including five food items and one drink - all in a sealed clear plastic envelope. One of the food items (probably soup) and the drink are in plastic sachets fitted with two tubes - an eating tube ...

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Maggie's ABC book, 1894

This is a hand-drawn and hand-coloured children's alphabet book featuring pen, ink and watercolour drawings. The book is cloth-bound and inscribed on the cover: 'ABC / Maggie Harrison / 1894'. Inside the front cover is the inscription 'Miss Maggie Harrison, Argyle Terrace, Twerton-on-Avon, Bath, England'. On the facing ...

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Rockwell AIM65 computer, 1979

This is an R6500 Advanced Interactive Micro-computer (AIM65), a general purpose microcomputer manufactured by Rockwell International Corporation in 1979. It comprises a processing unit, a small 20-column dot-matrix thermal printer, a 20-character display and a keyboard contained within a brown plastic case.

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VH-UAU Cirrus Moth biplane, 1927

This is a single-engine VH-UAU Cirrus Moth biplane that was manufactured by de Havilland in England in 1927. It features tandem accommodation for a pilot and one passenger. Primarily a wooden structure with fabric covering, it is powered by a four-cylinder air-cooled ADC Cirrus II engine with a two-blade wooden propeller. ...

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Breville 800-class citrus press, 2004

This is a Breville 800-class citrus press that was manufactured in China from plastic, steel and die-cast zinc. The citrus press features two stainless-steel pulp filters (coarse and fine), a juicing cone and a juice collector. The device also has a 'drip stop' spout and a fruit dome, which ejects from the handle for cleaning. ...

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Breville 800-class espresso machine, 2003-04

This is a stainless-steel and die-cast metal espresso coffee machine. The machine was manufactured by Breville in China between 2003 and 2004, and features a detachable drainer grille and an internal plastic water tank. It is accompanied by a filter holder (portafilter) and two filter baskets, a plastic combined spoon and ...

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Printed cotton sundress by Cole of California, c1952

This is a woman's hybrid outfit of sundress and capri pants, styled on the Chinese cheongsam or qipao. The dress has a halterneck design with tight-fitting mandarin collar, which has a button fastening and red piping around the neckline. It is tight fitting at the waist, and has shirred sides and two deep side splits to ...

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Doulton porcelain plate, c1892

This is a dessert plate featuring a scalloped rim and hand-painted Australian wildflowers. It is made of porcelain (bone china) and was manufactured by Doulton and Co at Burslem in Staffordshire, England, around 1892. It was painted by Louis Bilton.

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Liberty opera cape, 1920-25

This is a full-length opera cape, made by Liberty and Company of England at some stage between 1920 and 1925. It is made of painted multicoloured silk with metallic weft threads creating an extravagant design of flowers and leaves. Intricately shaped across the shoulders, the cape gathers at the neck with a centre front ...