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Showing at the Shapiro Gallery January 27 to February 5 2007

Reward notice published in the NSW Government Gazette, November 27 1863. 32pp, foolscap. One for 4000 pounds “for the apprehension of John Gilbert, John O’Mealley, Benjamin Hall, and John Vane”, also noting a 50 pounds reward for the recapture of the convicts Frederick Brittain and Frederick Ward. Brittain was serving 16 years for robbing a mail coach – Ward escapes to become ‘Captain Thunderbolt’. Includes descriptions of both outlaws.

Reward notice published in the NSW Government Gazette, October 30 1863. 20pp, foolscap. One for 4000 pounds “for the apprehension of John Gilbert, John O’Mealley, Benjamin Hall, and John Vane”, also noting a 50 pounds reward for the recapture of the convicts Frederick Brittain and Frederick Ward, both with descriptions.

Reward notice published in the NSW Government Gazette, October 23 1863. 18pp, foolscap. On the front page, one for 2500 pounds “for the apprehension of John Gilbert, John O’Mealley, Benjamin Hall, and John Vane”, also noting a 50 pounds reward for the recapture of the convicts Frederick Brittain and Frederick Ward, both with descriptions.

4. Bradshaw, Jack. The True History of the Australian Bushrangers (WJ Anderson & Co, possibly 1911). 157pp. 8vo. Paperback, with 11 illustrations, including two rare ones of Kate Kelly. Bradshaw offers accounts of Gardiner, Hall and his gang, Melville, Thunderbolt, Morgan, Moonlight and the Kelly Gang.

5. Clow, RJ. The Cause of Kelly: A Complete History of the Primative Colonial War and the Police. In blank verse. Ballarat (Baxter & Stubbs 1919). 106pp. 8vo. Original wrappers. Excellent copy.

6. Fitchett, WH. Ned Kelly and his Gang: The true story of the exploits of Australia’s most famous gang of bushrangers told by a notable historian. Also refers to Gardiner, Hall, Thunderbolt and other bushrangers. Melbourne (Fitchett Brothers, c1936). 63pp. 8vo. Paperback. Tear in the back wrapper. Good bright artwork on front cover.

7. Haydon,AL. The Trooper Police of Australia: A record of mounted police work in the Commonwealth from the earliest days of settlement to the present day. London, Andrew Melrose. 1911 2nd Impression. 431pp. 8vo. Original cloth, a very good copy. Illustrated with 46 pages of photographs and 6 maps. Includes chapters on Ben Hall and his contemporaries, Ned Kelly, Black Trackers, Queensland native police and much more.

8. Sadlier, John. Recollections of a Victorian Police Officer. Melbourne (George Robertson, 1913). 312pp. 8vo. Original decorated cloth covers, some wear. Lacks frontispiece. With 47 photographs, including twenty relating to the capture of the Kelly Gang.

9. White, Henry. Tales of Crime and Criminals in Australia: Based Principally Upon Reminiscences of Over Thirty Years Official Experience in the Penal Department of Victoria. London (Ward & Downey, 1894). 296pp. 8vo. Original cloth. Some fraying to the endpapers at the spine. The second edition, containing 95 pages on the Kelly Gang, is rare.

10. JAMES KELLY, 1879
An original NSW Police Charge Sheet, 28.5 x 20.5 cm, dated 20 July 1879 for James Wilson alias Kelly. With full hand-written details describing his original Cattle Stealing charge in Beechworth, and subsequent trial at Wagga on 29 June 1877 for Horse Strealing, with his original false birth details (Dublin 1855!), but noting he is now 6 foot, and a shoemaker. This document was created during the Kelly Outbreak, and features an original black and photograph of Jim Kelly, 8.5 x 5 cm, in prison gear. Additional remarks include “17th January 1880 – Sentence remitted”. James Kelly then disappeared and was not seen till after Glenrowan. In good condition, with some loss of paper on the two folds and two small tears on left side, not affecting the writing.

Two cowhorns, nailed to a wooden centrepiece, approximately 83 cm in total width, on a further oblong cedar base, approximately 28 x 19 x 2 cm, locked to the rest with three hand-forged nails. Each horn has been incised with portraits of Ned Kelly, gang members, and many articulated Glenrowan briar-roses to both sides. Kelly can be seen on the right horn, with his horse Daylight above, and Steve Hart dressed as a woman to the top. On the left horn, George King can be seen on the lower right, Dan Kelly above him, with Joe Byrne second from the top. Steve Hart appears again in fancy dress top left. Having sighted three double scrimshaws by this same artist, whose signature theme is the briar-rose, each set has been connected to Irish families 1879-1881. We believe the scrimshaw artist is indeed Kelly's step-father, George King, who disappeared in 1878 and fled by ship to New Zealand. These scrimshaws are personal mementoes passed on to sympathisers.

Two buffalo horns, each approximately 45 cm long, each horn incised with symbols of lost love, adventure, horses, troopers, and threatening gestures - relating to Kelly Gang, including one with chinstrap in the larrikin Greta mob fashion, wearing a spotted shirt, being chased by a mounted trooper; a woman with a knife with the bearing of Isley's portrait of Maggie Skillion; a unicorn topped by a lonely camp and arrowed hearts; an extraordinary Austral Coat-of-Arms with an emu and kangaroo, and plough-shares; with a scrolled snake with indesciperable inscription. The other horn with similar top and tailed decoration, and no Glenrowan briar. This one holds a finely cut young woman pointing at a scroll clearly incised 'AM Fitzpatrick'; tall ships, an American Eagle with flag, a cornstalker popping out from the other-side-of-the-world; more wild animals and arrowed hearts of lost love.

A sepia cartes-des-visite, 5.2 x 8.8 cm; being an original mounted photograph from a Sydney studio showing Kate Kelly in full riding habit, including hat and veil, facing the camera; this being a variant of one of a series (noted by Keith McMenomy in his Ned Kelly, 1984 p239), another being reproduced in the Argus noted as owned by Mr A Skinner of Victoria. This photograph on offer is previously unknown and unpublished in any form, and is signed to the reverse ‘ Kate Kelly’ with the following: “Bought at the Waxwork Exhibition (signature); (then) N.Z. April 13 1881 H.H.” Originally owned by Harold Hobson. Unique.

A Henckell & Co, Solingen.32 calibre revolver, with a wooden stock, inscribed with the initials KK, uncovered some years ago in the demolition of a house in Forbes, NSW, occupied by Ned’s younger sister, Kate. Found in the cavity of her family home, it was covered in lard and wrapped in leather strapping. The revolver bears the insignia of the Royal Constabulary, associated with the police force who hunted the Kelly gang in the period 1878-1880. Such relics were on show as early as 1880 at a display known in the popular newspapers as the Kate Kelly Exhibition in Sydney 1881: ‘The brother and sister of notorious bushranger Ned Kelly have paid a visit in Sydney for the purpose of exhibiting themselves and some of the relics of the bushranging conflicts; but the police interfered, and the exhibition has been stopped…’
Kate's story, ending in her tragic early death in 1898, has lain in the long shadow cast by Ned. This revolver, be it the fated Fitzpatrick weapon or one of the many appropriated by the Kellys during the Outbreak, helps reclaim her story, till now the subject of contemporary ballads like Ye Sons of Australia:
The daring Kate Kelly how noble her mien
As she sat on her horse like an Amazon queen,
She rode through the forest revolver at hand
Regardless of danger, who dare bid her stand.
As a teenager Kate Kelly rode the ranges taking ammunition and food to her brothers, being wounded in the legs and hip. She carried a revolver in 1879 and by 1880 was exhibiting revolvers and rifles in Melbourne and Sydney. One of the most significant women in the Kelly saga, this young woman, assuming the names Ada Hennessy and Kate Ambrose, performed equestrienne displays at shows and circuses in Adelaide, Sydney and Central NSW. She would later work at the Promenade Hotel in Albury in 1884, at Glendore as a domestic, and at Cadow Station, in 1885. In Forbes, she worked as a domestic, where she met her husband, William 'Brickie' Foster, whom she married in 1888. Ten years and six children later she was dead, reported missing on the 6th October 1898. Her body was found in a lagoon off the Condobolin Road. According to the death certificate, there was no evidence of foul play.

A .38 calibre revolver and leather carrying pouch owned and used by Jesse Dowsett, the Railway Guard who overpowered and captured Ned Kelly at Glenrowan. Dowsett had accompanied the police railway transports sent out in pursuit of the Kelly Gang. He was there when the schoolteacher, Curnow, waved them down with a red handkerchief, to warn them the Kellys were derailing the train. He was there in smoking bush outside Mrs Jones’s Inn, and it was Dowsett who pulled hostages Mrs Reardon and her baby to safety, after police had repeatedly fired on her, taking her to safety at the Railway Station before returning to the fray.
Dowsett returned fire with Kelly outside Glenrowan, watching in amazement as the bullets bounced off his armour, like “parched peas.” He saw Ned sit to reload, he saw Constable Kelly shoot him and Steele wrestle him to the ground. But it was Dowsett who successful took Ned’s weapon from him, watched as his helmet was removed and prevented Steele from shooting him in an excess of passion. He received a little over 175 pounds, the second largest civilian share of the 8,000 pounds reward. The Railway granted him a raise of 1/- per day and Superintendent Sadlier offered him relics from Glenrowan, including the pistol he’d seized and Ned’s boot. This bulldog revolver recalls this seminal moment in Australian history and the figure of “little Dowsett, what a plucky fellow he is,” as Dr Nicholson recalled in his narrative of that unforgettable morning.

An original land grant, ink on paper, signed and dated 15 September 1796 by Governor Hunter, witnessed by David Collins, Secretary of the colony, of 40 acres in the Parish of Petersham to Elizabeth Needham; with to reverse the transfer of same by John & Elizabeth Driver to John & Gregory Blaxland, dated 26 February 1808. In 5 separate pieces, with separate paper seal. Including a copy of same.

Land grants to women prior to 1800 are rare, and this grant was the largest offering to a woman of the colony at the time. Elizabeth Needham was sentenced to seven years transportation in 1786 for stealing clothing valued at thirty shillings, arriving in the colony with the First Fleet on the Lady Penrhyn. She married William Snailham in Sydney on 17 February 1788, who received 30 acres on the Hawkesbury in 1794; and following his death, she was granted this land by Hunter. She married John Driver, who suicided in 1809, and left the colony in 1824 as a very successful businesswoman.

An indenture on heavy paper, 36 x 27.5 cm, 4pp, dated February 5 1822, for the sale of the Needham grant of 40 acres from the Blaxlands to Daniel Cooper, signed twice by both Gregory and John Blaxland; together with a memorandum of release from the Blaxlands to Cooper dated 22 February 1826.

Together with a second indenture for the lease of same, as above, dated February 5 1822, signed and sealed by Gregory and John Blaxland; together with a memorial of the lease to Cooper dated 22 February 1826.

“By 1820 Blaxland had settled down on his Brush Farm estate, which Macquarie had
admitted to be a 'very snug good farm and very like an English one in point of comfort and convenience'. Here he conducted many experiments with crops and grasses, unsuccessfully with tobacco growing but most successfully with buffalo grass and viticulture. He had brought vines from the Cape of Good Hope, found a species resistant to blight, took a sample of his wine to London in 1822 and won a silver medal for it. While in England he published his Journal of a Tour of Discovery Across the Blue Mountains in New South Wales (London, 1823).” ADB

18.COOPER & LEVEY, 1824
An indenture on heavy paper, foolscap, 4pp, dated 24 January 1824 for the sale of a half-share in Needham’s farm from Daniel Cooper to Soloman Levey; signed by both Cooper and Levey, and witnessed by WC Wentworth.

An original land grant, Ink on vellum, 28 x 32cm, of 190 acres to John Piper for the area “to be known as Point Piper”, signed and dated April 5 1820 by Lachlan Macquarie, with his seal, 10.7 cm in diameter. Vellum folded twice, in fine condition. The 190 acres of land “bounded on the South side by an East line of 47 chains, commencing at a small bridge over a salt water creek, on the East side by a North line to Rose Bay, and on all other sides by the Water of Port Jackson Harbour and the before-mentioned small creek. To be called ‘Point Piper’.”

It has been assumed that Macquarie granted this land to John Piper in 1816, but this supposition is based on the elaborate and public laying of the foundation stone for his future villa in 1816. Piper’s foundation stone and subsequent failure to live on this land till 1822, can now be seen for what it was. A foundation stone built on a promise by Macquarie, but nothing more. Piper continued to live at Burwood Park during this period, before moving into Henrietta Villa, around the time of Macquarie’s departure from the colony in 1822.

An Indenture, 60 x 76cm, for the “release” of Point Piper to Daniel Cooper, Solomon Levey and William Redfern for the sum of 6000 pounds; signed by John and Anne Piper, ink on vellum, dated March 2 1826; signed and sealed by both John and Anne Piper.

In early 1826, Governor Darling takes over from Sir Thomas Brisbane as Governor of NSW and Piper, as Chairman of the Bank of New South Wales as Naval Officer for the Colony, finds himself under investigation. Marjorie Barnard has noted in her definitive biography of Piper that he had mortgaged his property to the firm of Cooper & Levey in March 1826 for 20,000 pounds, but probably only received half of that to help him settle his accounts. This document though makes it clear that Piper had sold the whole of Point Piper, with its mansion, houses and stables following the first advertisement for its sale in March 1826, and not in 1827.

Thus a letter from Kirkwood to Piper in April 1826 makes sense: “I cannot explain how I felt when I received your letter, with Point Piper sold, all the Hospitality of Sydney completely destroyed!” – and why Piper held only one more “magnificent fete” at Henrietta Villa that same month – before Cooper & Levey took possession.

When Darling had looked into the affairs of the Bank of NSW he found that nearly 60,000 pounds was on loan to 4 merchants, friends of the directors, which could not be called in without bankrupting them. Of this amount Darling deemed Piper was responsible for 13,000 pounds and he suspended his position as Chairman in April 1827. Friends rallied, but even Daniel Cooper’s “donation” of 7000 pounds was against more of Piper’s property. At the public sale of the contents of Henrietta Villa on June 4 1827 – whereby the auctioneer John Paul was acting for Cooper & Levey – Daniel Cooper purchased it from his own company.

An original land grant of 500 acres in Bringelly, “bounded on the south by John Blaxland’s Ludenham farm” to William Johnston signed and dated 31 August 1819 by Lachlan Macquarie, with his seal in fair condition, rest clean and clear but with some holes at the folds, signed by John Campbell as Provost Marshall. With to reverse the transfer of this property to John Piper for 220 pounds dated 16 March 1821.
WC Wentworth purchased Vaucluse House and 100 acres thereon for 1500 pounds during the fire sale of Piper’s properties, partly in cash, and partly by transfer to Piper of 500 acres at Westbourne, next to Piper’s Alloway Bay in Bathurst.
Following the failure of Alloway Bank, Wentworth re-established the family on Westbourne – which Piper originally purchased via this transfer in 1821, mortgaged to Cooper & Levey, and cleared by Wentworth in 1827.

An original land grant, ink of vellum, dated 30 June 1825 by Governor Brisbane to John Thomas Campbell, for 185 acres bounded to the north by Redfern’s farm, to be known as ‘Mount Lachlan’; signed and sealed by Brisbane, witnessed by Frederick Goulburn the Colonial Secretary. Folded in three, fine condition.

Campbell was the first President of the Bank of NSW, and later Macquarie had commissioned him as the colony’s Provost-Marshall in 1819 – responsible for the sale of goods for debts. Perhaps it is then not unusual that this land grant – not to be resold within five years – was sold to Cooper & Levey in the same year it was granted; at the same time that they purchased the whole of the Waterloo Estate, comprising 1400 acres of Alexandria, Waterloo, Rosebury and Zetland (itself an 1823 land grant). Governor Darling appointed Campbell as his Collector of Customs, following his removal of Piper in 1827, and he was again on the Board of the Bank of NSW that year.

22. FIDDEN’S WHARF, 1821
An original land grant on vellum, dated April 5 1821 by Governor Macquarie to Joseph Fitton for 40 acres of land at Hunters Hill; signed and sealed by Macquarie. Folded in three, in fine condition. With to reverse the transfer by Joseph Fidden to Bernard Williams on September 5 1821.

This grant was located on the southern side of what is now Fiddens Wharf Road, and fronted the present Pacific Highway, Killara. However, he never took formal possession of this land. Instead, for the next 30 years he lived in a hut by the banks of the Lane Cove River, at the foot of Fiddens Wharf Road in present day West Lindfield/Killara. Bernard Williams was the colony’s first coxswain, living at Cadman’s Cottage in 1816-17.

23. HUNTERS HILL, 1821
An original land grant on vellum, dated April 5 1821 by Governor Macquarie to Thomas Wilson for 50 acres of land at Hunters Hill, bounded on the north-west by Fitton’s Farm; signed and sealed by Macquarie. Folded in three, in fine condition. With to reverse the transfer by Thomas Wilson to Bernard Williams on August 31 1821.

An original land grant on vellum, dated April 5 1821 by Governor Macquarie to Michael Dwyer for 50 acres of land at Cabramatta, signed and sealed by Macquarie. Folded in three, in fine condition.

Michael Dwyer, born in Wicklow, Ireland, in 1772, and was captain at the Battle of Hacketstown during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. While other units surrendered, Dwyer continued a successful guerilla resistance until December, 1803, when he surrendered on condition he be sent to America. The English reneged and sent them to Botany Bay for life, where they arrived in 1806 and were treated as free settlers. Governor Macquarie gave him a pardon in 1814, and this much delayed land grant. He died in 1825. Dwyer and his wife are the only ones interred in the 1798 Memorial at Waverly Cemetery, whereon the following is carved: “In loving memory of all
who dared and suffered in Ireland in 1798” and “Pray for the Souls of Michael Dwyer
the ‘Wicklow Chief’ and Mary his wife whose remains are interred in this vault.”

An original land grant on vellum, 38 x 53 cm, dated October 3 1835 by Governor Bourke to James Holt, being agent for Daniel Cooper “surviving partner of the firm Cooper & Levey” for 2 Roods and 35 perches of land in Sydney , bounded on the west by George Street… and on the north by Market Street…”; signed and sealed by Bourke with extravagant wax. Folded in six, in fine condition.

26. A clean copy of the 1827 Sydney Gazette, dated May 23, 4p, large broadsheet; includes the first notice of the sale of furniture at Point Piper, much on John McArthur and two columns of the case of Lieutenant Lowe and objections to “the common law right of an aboriginal native to be tried by a jury” by WC Wentworth “with respect to the propriety of subjecting the natives to the mockery of a trial, according to our laws for outrages, to which… we contend they have in most cases been provoked by wanton aggression against them…” Important.

27. A good copy of the 1827 Sydney Gazette, dated June 8, 4pp, large broadsheet; including a front-page advertisement for the sale of All the Elegant Furniture et al at Point Piper… together with shares in that highly lucrative Establishment, the Bank of New South Wales! Also notice of Piper & Campbell’s executorship of the late Andrew Frazer, and an article on James Hardy Vaux.

28. A fair copy of the 1827 Sydney Gazette, dated June 20, 4pp, large broadsheet; including a front-page advertisement for the sale of various lots, land and shares in Captain Piper’s estate, noting that “All Persons, indebted to Capt. Piper, are requested to pay the Amount of their Debts into the hands of James Norton, Esq” and a front-page notice to all Justices of the Peace by Governor Ralph Darling.

A sepia cartes-des-visite, 5.5 x 9 cm; being an original photograph of Point Piper showing the “new” house owned by Sir Daniel Cooper, and a fifty foot gaff-rigged racing cutter; photographed by Barcroft Capel Boake in 1867, with his studio stamp to reverse. Boake emigrated from Ireland in 1858, and was the father of the Australian poet Barcroft Boake (1866-1892).

30. A bright copy of the 1869 Sydney Morning Herald, dated September 28; 8pp, with columns detailing the South Eastern goldfield activity and four columns on Gold Field Regulations.


An albumen silver photograph, 13.5 x 18.7 cm, showing a Scene from the North Shore, Sydney Harbour by Nicholas Caire, produced in 1877 by his Anglo-Australiasian Photo Company, being no. 46 in Caire’s Views of New South Wales. Mounted, with copyright blindstamp and printed description to reverse.

A right-hand glove, match-used by Victor Trumper in 1898-99 and given by him to his doctor and team-mate at Gordon Cricket Club, LB Heath around 1913. Purchased from the Estate of LB Heath. Trumper’s records in 1898 prompted his addition to the 1899 touring team to England,

Pen and ink, 43 x 58 cm, depicting winning horses and their owners at the 1904 Royal Easter Show. Harold Septimus Power (1877 - 1951), artist, was born on 31 December 1877 at Dunedin, New Zealand. In 1900 he moved to Adelaide where he worked as an illustrator for the Observer, the Register, the Critic and other papers. In 1904 he was commissioned by the trustees of the Art Gallery of South Australia to paint an animal picture ('After the day's toil') for 100 guineas. An Australian War artist during WW1, he was successful both in Australia and overseas, prompting Arthur Streeton to note: 'One is impressed first by a tremendous display of colour and a dauntless feeling of optimism … He displays remarkable knowledge and vigour in his paintings of animals'.

A Holy Bible, 12 x 7 cm, Oxford, inscribed 'Arthur W Upfield, Alma House, Gosport' and signed and dated by father 1.9.1911. Following his failure at recent examinations, Upfield was sent to Australia by his father to seek his fortune in 1911. The ticket and this bible, were his father's parting gift. Arthur Upfield went on to write 29 novels with the Aboriginal detective, Boney as key character. These were published world-wide.

A new proof edition from the original etching plate, 36.5 x 29.2 cm, being trialled for a future edition. Beautifully mounted and framed, this is an excellent example of one of Lindsay’s most popular etchings.

A Warren Bardsley 'Model-de-Luxe' made by Duke & Son, England, signed to the reverse under the heading's 1928 England and Australia, 19 signatures from the 1928-29 English team headed by Chapman, including Jardine, Tate (2), Hendren, Leyland Patuadi, Larwood; and to the right reverse 17 signatures headed unusually by Jackson (probably over-exited) but including an early Bradman, Ryder, Woodfull, Andrews, O'Reilly, Richardson. Later inclusions collected by Bradman for this charity item include Richardson, Ironmonger and Alexander. 47 signatures in all. This is Don Bradman's first Test cricket bat, put up by him for 'The Most Popular Boy Cricketer Competition' arranged by the Sun newspaper in August 1930. The winner was George Lethbridge whose 27,554 runs represented over one hundred pounds to the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. Lethbridge has signed the upper reverse, but a keen eye will spot Bradman's 'DGB' signature in the upper reverse space just below the corded grip. This bat marks the beginning of Bradman's Test career. Bradman played his first Test in November 1928 scoring 18 and 1 on a wet pitch. With this bat he also scored 106 for St George v Gordon, and a double – 131 and 133* for NSW, both in October. Unique and desirable.

An original sepia photograph of Bradman executing the cover-drive during his World Record 452 not out, for NSW v Qld 1930 at the SCG No. 2 ground. This classic work, 30 x 23 cm, was Bradman’s favourite, being first created as a supplement to the Sydney Mail that year, and much later as the cover of his autobiography Farewell to Cricket Mounted by the photographer for Tom Howard, treasurer for the 1930 Australian Cricket Team; then by descent.

A racing bridle, being 59 cm to two strapped chromed metal bits each 14.5 cm, the reins being 145 cm long, with full strapping; as used by jockey Jim Pyke on Phar Lap during the 1930-31 season. Provenance: Mrs Olga Pike.

An original three colour screen print , 101 x 77 cm, promoting Toohey’s Mild Bitter Ale, produced by Publicity Studios, Sydney c1932; great art deco abstract Austral male holding an immense bottle of Ale, tears to lower edge middle, and left edge, but rare in this clean state. Floating on hard card with protective tissue.

An original full colour chromolith, 99 x 74 cm, being a Walter Jardine painting of oats being harvested – ready and whisking straight in to the full glass of stout. Some small tears to top left edge and top middle edge, but otherwise beaut. Produced in Sydney c1934. Floating on hard card with protective tissue.

An original four colour lithograph, 56 x 45 cm, for London Type Dry Gin, bottled in Bond by Tooheys Ltd, Sydney; showing a celebrating Sydney couple c1934. Fine condition.

An original five colour lithograph by Walter Jardine, 58 x 44 cm, for Tooheys Club export Lager with a gambler’s hand showing a royal flush and a bottle of pouting ale. In immaculate condition, c1933. Floating on hard card with protective tissue. Rare.

An original five colour lithograph by Walter Jardine, 58 x 44 cm, for Tooheys Oatmeal Stout with a typical top-class Jardine table-setting and a massive bottle of stout. Floating on hard card with protective tissue, in immaculate condition, produced by William Brooks & Co in 1934.

An original five colour lithograph probably by Jardine, 58 x 44 cm, showing two popular characters of the early 1930s discussing – what else but Toohey’s Oatmeal Stout. Floating on hard card with protective tissue.

A four coloured lithograph by Walter Jardine, 52 x 42 cm, showing a bottle of Tooheys Flag Ale with foaming glass on a red Australian Ensign. Terrific design. Small tear in centre of flag, repairable, rest fine. Floating on hard card with protective tissue. Produced by William Brooks & Co c1933.

A wooden rattle with ratchet that “clicks” so loudly tis closer to a machine gun. Painted in red and blue, purchased from the Luna Park sale (Gray’s, 1982).

A coloured lithograph, 75 x 48 cm, showing a mother with child against a red Australian Ensign, with the caption: ‘You Love Them… You fight for them!’ Produced for the Australian Government in 1941. A large tear to right edge, and some to top left-hand edge, but still very handsome propaganda. Floating on hard card with protective tissue.

Race-Play, an Australian-made bakelite game, with a windup winning post, 5 x 25 x 3 cm, with eight horses 6cm long, each named and with the colours of Ajax, Bernborough, Carbine, Peter Pan, Phar Lap, Shannon, Windbag & Flight. Together with its original cardboard box 6 x 29 x 12 cm made by M & L Plastics, Melbourne c 1946.

Five original photographs of Mary Gilmore, most of which are inscribed by the poet on the back between 1949 and 1962; including a 15 x 20.5 cm press photograph of Gilmore with Ms Faith Bandler, with a long inscription signed and dated Kings Cross 1958; a 20.5 x 15 cm press photograph of Gilmore with three young Aboriginal children, inscribed, signed and dated Kings Cross 1956; a press photographic of Gilmore having tea in her Kings Cross apartment c 1956; a press photograph of Gilmore reading Mao Tse Tung, inscribed signed and dated to reverse 1962; a large sepia photograph 23.5 x 18.5 cm, of a portrait of Gilmore aged 25, inscribed to the front in ink “There were no white hairs when this was taken. Now, white-haired I sign it with affection for Annis McKren, Mary Gilmore 7.11.1949”. Plus a publisher’s flyer for The Rue Tree, Robertson & Mullens 1931, signed and dated beneath a poem by Gilmore in 1945; together with a photograph of the verse ‘Yea and Nay’ with a long inscription to reverse signed and dated by Gilmore in 1957 (7 in all)

Ray Selkrig's orange and green racing silks, with Anthony Horderns & Sons label, initialled by the jockey; as raced to win the Melbourne Cup in 1961. Faded, with some small tears to lower front, but otherwise in good condition. Provenance: Mr NS Cohen, then by descent.

The Melbourne Cup for 1961, as won by Lord Fury. Original Hardys Brothers hand beaten 18 carat gold cup with three handles (making a total of 32 oz of gold) engraved thus: 'MELBOURNE CUP/1961/Won by/Mr & Mrs N.S.Cohen's/LORD FURY/Edwards11 - Sea Ruffle/Trainer F.B. Lewis/Ridden by Ray Selkrig/Time 3'191/2"/Equals Australian and Race Record'. With the change to metric, Lord Fury's record cannot be beaten. On a hand-turned base of Queensland maple crafted by William Drummond & Company, Melbourne (with their label to base). In its original presentation box of plus blue velvet. Together with Ray Selkrig's parade silks and red cap (the latter two in excellent condition). Rare and desirable. Provenance: The owners by descent.

An original red Autograph book, 10 x 13 cm, packed with Australian musical stars and fabulous visiting acts from the early 1960s to the late 70s, on single display pages; including Graham Kennedy, Bobby Limb, Peter Allen, Margot Fonteyn, Digby Wolfe, Beulah Bondi, Tommy Hanlon, Lionel Long, Digby Richards, Gladys Moncrieff, Lucky Starr, Bill McCormack, Robert Helpmann, Miss Australia 1966, 68 & 69, George Mallaby, Warren Mitchell, The 4 Kinsmen, George Golla, Don Burrows, Michael Pate (2), Dennis Lillee, Kamahl;The Harlem Globetrotters (61), Moscow Circus stars, Michael Redgrave, James Mason, Jacques Loussier Trio, Diana Dors, Peter, Paul & Mary, Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Arthur Fiedler, Slim Whitman, Herb Albert, Val Doonican, Winifred Atwell (2), Efrem Zimberlest Jnr (2), Chelsea Brown, Harry Secombe, James Stewart, Derek Nimmo, Bernard Heinze, Roy Orbison, the Tijuana Brass, and Chubby Checker. Whacko!

An original Autograph book, 10 x 14 cm, holding signatures of numerous Australian cricketers, mostly on single display pages, including Stackpole, Redpath, Victorians (65 & 66), Harvey, Benaud, O’Neil, McKenzie, Simpson, Lawry, Marks, Mayne, Sincock, Hawke, Martin, Rennenberg, Thomas, Rothwell, Vievers, Allen, Trimble, Corling, Burge, Grout, Jarman, Umpire Egar, Favell, Shiell, G Chappell, Frost, Paulson, I Chappell, Watson and more; also Pakistan 1964 team (2p), Sobers, Goddard, Peter Pollock, Barry Shepherd, RV Walter Robins, Tony Locke; a few AFL stars Neil Dansie, David Kantilla, Haydon Bunton; and tipped in a perfect and rare Big O – Roy Orbison!