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'Landing negroes at Jamestown from Dutch man-of-war, 1619'

This is a black-and-white illustration showing how the well-known American artist Howard Pyle (1853-1911) imagined the landing of the first Africans at Jamestown in the colony of Virginia nearly 300 years after the historical event. Pyle depicts 20 emaciated captives kneeling or sitting on the ground, guarded by men with ...

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'The lash', 1863

This is a colour lithographic card showing a male slave being brutally flogged. The slave is tied to the flogging post by his wrists. A white man wields the whip and blood drips from the slave's back. The card was number five in a collectible series of 12 album cards entitled 'The slave in 1863: a thrilling series of the ...

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Adolf Hitler at the Nuremberg Rally, 1935

This is a black-and-white photograph of Adolf Hitler, German Führer and chancellor, taking the salute at a march-past of SA stormtroopers through the streets of Nuremberg as part of the week-long Nazi Party national congress in September 1935. Hitler is wearing an SA uniform and standing in a touring car. Behind him, a ...

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Drayton Hall plantation house, 2006

This is Drayton Hall in the river delta area near Charleston, South Carolina, one of the most significant historic houses in the USA and one of the few pre-Revolutionary houses in near original condition. The photograph shows the northern-side elevation and the western entry facade with its double portico. In the foreground ...

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Slave quarters of Abernathy House in Tuscumbia, 2010

This is a colour photograph showing the slave quarters at the back of a house on Main St in the town of Tuscumbia in Alabama, USA. The derelict single-story wooden building was built in 1824. Three doors appear to lead into three separate rooms, presumably the slaves' quarters. The photograph was taken by Carol Highsmith in 2010.

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'Jitterbugging in Negro juke joint', 1939

This is a black-and-white photograph showing African Americans at a roadside dance hall outside Clarksdale in Mississippi, USA, one Saturday evening in November 1939. Couples are jitterbugging to music from a jukebox while other people, mostly men, are standing around. The photograph was taken by Marion Post Wolcott.

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'The sale', 1863

This is a colour lithographic card showing a male slave being sold in a slave auction. The white auctioneer appears to be calling for bids. A notice in the background announces 'FOR SALE A likely young NEGRO'. The card was third in a collectable series of 12 album cards entitled 'The slave in 1863. A thrilling series of ...

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'United States slave trade, 1830'

This is a black-and-white print showing the trading of slaves in the USA. Two white men, one on horseback and both carrying whips, appear to be negotiating the sale of five slaves seen on the left in shackles. A woman and two children, also in chains, appear on the right. In the background are slaves working in the fields, ...

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'Migrant mother', 1936

This is one of the most famous photographs of the Great Depression in the USA. It shows Florence Owens Thompson aged 32 huddled together with three of her seven children (the baby is obscured). The family as a whole are described in the Library of Congress catalogue as 'migrant' (ie itinerant) pea pickers in California ...

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Lend-lease food for the USSR, 1943

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the ingredients used in canned pork supplied to the USSR by the USA under the lend-lease program during World War II. The photograph is in the collection of the US Library of Congress and its caption reads: 'Cincinnati, Ohio. Preparing canned pork (Russian: "svinaia tushonka") ...

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AWA radiosonde atmospheric measuring instrument, 1947-48

This is a radiosonde, an atmospheric measuring instrument, manufactured from metal, cardboard, fabric and plastic by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd, New South Wales. It comprises electronic components held within a waterproofed cardboard box that has been insulated on the inside. Printed on one side of the box is ...

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Nest highchair and prototype pieces, 2002-04

This is a Nest highchair and Nest prototype pieces, manufactured from plastic and metal by Bug Design, New South Wales, sometime between 2002 and 2004. The chair has a rotation-moulded orange polyethylene scooped-out half-shell seat. A detachable tray is supported on a column. There is also a circular pedestal base of powder-coated ...

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Holden steering wheel, 1948-53

This is a steering wheel from a Holden 48-215 motor car made by General Motors-Holden's, Australia, from 1948 to 1953. The wheel is made from metal and plastic and has been painted black. There is a cross bar across the middle of the wheel. The circular area in the centre of the spoke allows the wheel to be attached to ...

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'Clean up Australia' 10th birthday promotional poster, 1999

This is a poster both celebrating the 10th birthday of 'Clean Up Australia' and asking for the community's continuing support on Sunday 7 March 1999. 'All we really want is your presence' is the main message. Under the text is a stylised representation of Australia, surrounded by a fan of golden yellow lines representing ...

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Roma Field's Order of Australia Medal, 1981

This is a cased four item set of the Order of Australia (OAM), awarded to Florence Roma Field (1891-1985). It was designed by Stuart Devlin AO (1931-) in 1975 and made by the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The gold-plated silver medal is a convex disc with a surface of stylised mimosa flower ...

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Adidas tracksuit, 2003

This is a Y-3 Adidas tracksuit consisting of a jacket and pants made in purple polyester. The jacket has long sleeves, a large hood and a central front zipper opening. The inside is fully lined with purple mesh and there are two inside pockets on either side of the zipper. The pants are three-quarter length and made of ...

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Patchwork coat, 1965-66

This is a full-length velvet and silk patchwork coat constructed from printed cotton velvet swatches in various colours. The coat features a centre-front opening, wide collar and long sleeves. It is fully lined.

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Ezy-Bilt construction toy set, 1945-70

This is an Ezy-Bilt construction toy set, manufactured from plastic and rubber by Colton, Palmer and Preston / Ezy-Bilt, Australia, at some stage between 1945 and 1970. The toy set has been made into a completed model of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Pair of Oxford shoes by Joseph Box, c1890

This is a pair of women's closed-tab front-laced shoes in the Oxford style. They are black with red trim and red grosgrain ribbon laces, and have pointed toes and Louis heels.

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Emu egg teapot, c1870

This is an emu egg teapot made by Evan Jones (1846-1917) in Sydney, New South Wales. The body of the teapot is made from a speckled brown emu egg. One end is sectioned and hinged as a lid with a scalloped and pierced silver band around the edge. On the top of the lid is a small silver emu. The spout is in the form of a ...