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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Decorative arts  >  Antiques  >  Collectibles  >  Australiana

Dog-on-the-tuckerbox in 1937

This is silent home movie footage shot in 1937. Two women are walking around in front of the 'dog-on-the-tuckerbox' monument outside Gundagai, New South Wales, looking first at the monument, and then at the large family car, parked next to it. The footage finishes with a close-up of the monument.


Bracelet, c1860

This is a very elaborate solid gold bracelet attributed to a leading colonial silversmith, Julius Schomburgk (1819-93), and made in Adelaide in about 1860. The central oval is in the form of a cameo, which consists of two finely crafted sculptures of kangaroos surrounded by rocks and overhanging trees and framed by a border ...


Perfume-bottle holder, c1875

This is a 'lady's companion' - a perfume-bottle holder - made by German master silversmith Henry Steiner (1835-1914), who came to Adelaide in 1858. The work measures 33.5 cm x 24.0 cm x 11.8 cm. Its most remarkable feature is the centrepiece of the design, which is an actual emu egg that encloses two perfume bottles. The ...


Prawn on a bicycle costume, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a performance costume in the shape of a prawn that was designed by John King for use in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The prawn is made from red polyethylene foam wrapped around an aluminium frame that is bolted to a silver mountain bike. There is a padded frame inside the prawn suit to ...


Olympic Sports Mascot pins, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a limited-edition collection of 47 Olympic Sports Mascot pins from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. They are mounted in a wooden frame measuring 57.0 cm x 40.5 cm x 2.5 cm. The words 'SYDNEY 2000' can be seen at the bottom of the frame. The pins, displayed against an orange and green mount depicting an athletics track, ...


Giant blowfly model, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a model, measuring 41.5 cm x 37.5 cm, for a large inflatable blowfly that was designed by Reg Mombassa for use as a prop in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The shape of the blowfly, which has been cut from foamcore, has a hand-drawn image of the blowfly glued to its surface. The blowfly's ...


'Emu beaker', 1917

This is a beaker made in 1917 from earthenware clay by Gladys Reynell (1881-1956), which measures 10.0 cm (height) x 8.7 cm (diameter). A very simple, tapered cylindrical form, it is primarily red-brown in colour. The shine that can be seen on the lip of the beaker indicates that the surface has been sealed (and therefore ...


Mounted Great Exhibition medallion, c1860

This is a piece of commemorative silverware made in Adelaide around 1860 by Julius Schomburgk (1819-93) as an elaborate display stand to hold a presentation medal that was made in London in 1851. The central feature is a bronze medallion with a low-relief portrait of Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, which ...


Celebrating citizenship, Sydney, 1997

This is a 29.6 cm x 40.3 cm black-and-white photograph of Chinese-born Michael Xu at a party following his citizenship ceremony. He is smiling and wearing a business shirt with a toy koala clipped to his tie and a broad-rimmed hat with corks on strings. He has a glass of beer in his hand. Other people can be glimpsed in ...


Cricket trophy by William Kerr, 1879

This is a large cricket trophy made in 1879 by William Kerr in Sydney, New South Wales. The trophy measures 72.0 cm (height) x 40 cm (width) x 31.5 cm (depth). Its basic structural design consists of a round wooden base supporting a central fern-like column that is crowned by drooping fronds made in silver. A shallow glass ...

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Tony Albert, 'ASH on me', 2008

This is an installation by Girramay artist Tony Albert (b1981) using black text that reads ‘ASH on me’ and found objects: ceramic and metal ashtrays. These objects present Aboriginal people in different ways, some as caricatures. The work of art is shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information about Albert’s ...