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Classification CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Edged weapons
Name or Title Part of scabbard protector
History and Use

This sword was part of the uniform worn by Sir Samuel Griffith on ceremonial occasions. Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920) held numerous positions including Attorney General, Premier in 1883 and 1890, Chief Justice of Queensland, Lieutenant Governor of Queensland, and Chief Justice of Australia. He married Julia Thompson (later referred to as Lady Griffith) of Maitland, NSW in July, 1870. They had six children, Mary, Llewellyn (Llew), helen (Nellie), Edward (Percy), Alice (Gwen) and Edith (Edie). In 1886 he was made Knight Commander of St Michael and St George, and in 1895 Grand Companion. In 1875 as Attorney General he introduced the State Education Act, which provided free primary school education for all Queensland children. In the following year he was appointed Secretary of Public Instruction (now Education Queensland). Griffith's illustrious career in the law and in Queensland politics culminated in his role in Federation. Following the drafting of the federal constitution during the latter part of the 1890s, and the proclamation of Federation in January 1901, Sir Samuel was appointed Chief Justice of Australia in 1903.

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Name or Title Dress sword scabbard
History and Use

This sword was part of the uniform worn by Sir Samuel Griffith on ceremonial occasions. Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920) held numerous positions including Attorney General, Premier in 1883 and 1890, Chief Justice of Queensland, Lieutenant Governor of Queensland, and Chief Justice of Australia. He married Julia Thompson (later referred to as Lady Griffith) of Maitland, NSW in July, 1870. They had six children, Mary, Llewellyn (Llew), helen (Nellie), Edward (Percy), Alice (Gwen) and Edith (Edie). In 1886 he was made Knight Commander of St Michael and St George, and in 1895 Grand Companion. In 1875 as Attorney General he introduced the State Education Act, which provided free primary school education for all Queensland children. In the following year he was appointed Secretary of Public Instruction (now Education Queensland). Griffith's illustrious career in the law and in Queensland politics culminated in his role in Federation. Following the drafting of the federal constitution during the latter part of the 1890s, and the proclamation of Federation in January 1901, Sir Samuel was appointed Chief Justice of Australia in 1903.

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Registration Number N7759
Classification CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Badges Civil red cross
Name or Title Red Cross Lapel Badge
History and Use

The Red Cross commenced operation in Australia in 1914 with the primary aim of sending care parcels to WW1 troops. The service quickly expanded to provide a range of services including medical transport (of patients and equipment) and a tracing and messaging service (for contacting military personnel). Post-war, the emphasis was on relief efforts and medical care for returned servicemen.

The Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service was started in 1929 in Melbourne, with Brisbane’s service opening in 1933. The Australian Red Cross ‘Blood Bank’ continues to be Australia’s primary service for the collection and supply of blood products.

The objects in this collection are dated between 1936 and 1972. They belonged to several people connected with Brisbane’s early blood transfusion service, including the Director of the Brisbane service ca.1950s to 1970s, Dr A E Shaw, and Dr H C Taylor, one of the service’s main practitioners in the 1960s. Correspondence documents from and about these men provide detailed provenance for some of the items in this collection: such as a memorial note from Shaw on the occasion of Taylor’s death, and a photo of Taylor with nurses taking a blood sample.

The collection includes several other objects that do not have a direct provenance, but nonetheless flesh out the work of the service (medical instruments) and locate the Australian Red Cross within a global context (donor badges from around the world). A bottle of dried serum is said to be from one of the earliest trials of the desiccation process in Cambridge, 1940. A certificate issued to a regular donor, Brisbane solicitor J. H. Howard, 1936, shows how donors were rewarded for their generosity. Cinema advertising slides from the Bundaberg service (ca.1942) show the ways in which the Red Cross encouraged the public to contribute.

The collection provides material of socio-cultural interest – including personal stories and donor reward badges – as well as scientific significance. Amongst the medical objects are examples of instruments designed by Melbourne doctor Julian Smith (ca. 1940s) who was an innovator in blood transfusion technology. Two booklets about Smith’s work and theories accompany the objects, which are in very good, complete condition. A series of Smith-designed needles is laid out and labelled in a small display panel. A similar series of British-designed needles has been well-preserved in a fold out case, providing an opportunity for comparison of designs.

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Registration Number N7761
Classification CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Badges Civil red cross
Name or Title Red Cross Lapel Badge
History and Use

The Red Cross commenced operation in Australia in 1914 with the primary aim of sending care parcels to WW1 troops. The service quickly expanded to provide a range of services including medical transport (of patients and equipment) and a tracing and messaging service (for contacting military personnel). Post-war, the emphasis was on relief efforts and medical care for returned servicemen.

The Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service was started in 1929 in Melbourne, with Brisbane’s service opening in 1933. The Australian Red Cross ‘Blood Bank’ continues to be Australia’s primary service for the collection and supply of blood products.

The objects in this collection are dated between 1936 and 1972. They belonged to several people connected with Brisbane’s early blood transfusion service, including the Director of the Brisbane service ca.1950s to 1970s, Dr A E Shaw, and Dr H C Taylor, one of the service’s main practitioners in the 1960s. Correspondence documents from and about these men provide detailed provenance for some of the items in this collection: such as a memorial note from Shaw on the occasion of Taylor’s death, and a photo of Taylor with nurses taking a blood sample.

The collection includes several other objects that do not have a direct provenance, but nonetheless flesh out the work of the service (medical instruments) and locate the Australian Red Cross within a global context (donor badges from around the world). A bottle of dried serum is said to be from one of the earliest trials of the desiccation process in Cambridge, 1940. A certificate issued to a regular donor, Brisbane solicitor J. H. Howard, 1936, shows how donors were rewarded for their generosity. Cinema advertising slides from the Bundaberg service (ca.1942) show the ways in which the Red Cross encouraged the public to contribute.

The collection provides material of socio-cultural interest – including personal stories and donor reward badges – as well as scientific significance. Amongst the medical objects are examples of instruments designed by Melbourne doctor Julian Smith (ca. 1940s) who was an innovator in blood transfusion technology. Two booklets about Smith’s work and theories accompany the objects, which are in very good, complete condition. A series of Smith-designed needles is laid out and labelled in a small display panel. A similar series of British-designed needles has been well-preserved in a fold out case, providing an opportunity for comparison of designs.

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Registration Number N7757
Classification CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Badges Civil red cross
Name or Title Red Cross Collar Badge
History and Use

The Red Cross commenced operation in Australia in 1914 with the primary aim of sending care parcels to WW1 troops. The service quickly expanded to provide a range of services including medical transport (of patients and equipment) and a tracing and messaging service (for contacting military personnel). Post-war, the emphasis was on relief efforts and medical care for returned servicemen.

The Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service was started in 1929 in Melbourne, with Brisbane’s service opening in 1933. The Australian Red Cross ‘Blood Bank’ continues to be Australia’s primary service for the collection and supply of blood products.

The objects in this collection are dated between 1936 and 1972. They belonged to several people connected with Brisbane’s early blood transfusion service, including the Director of the Brisbane service ca.1950s to 1970s, Dr A E Shaw, and Dr H C Taylor, one of the service’s main practitioners in the 1960s.

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Registration Number N7755
Classification CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Badges Civil red cross
Name or Title Red Cross Lapel Badge
History and Use

The Red Cross commenced operation in Australia in 1914 with the primary aim of sending care parcels to WW1 troops. The service quickly expanded to provide a range of services including medical transport (of patients and equipment) and a tracing and messaging service (for contacting military personnel). Post-war, the emphasis was on relief efforts and medical care for returned servicemen.

The Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service was started in 1929 in Melbourne, with Brisbane’s service opening in 1933. The Australian Red Cross ‘Blood Bank’ continues to be Australia’s primary service for the collection and supply of blood products.

The objects in this collection are dated between 1936 and 1972. They belonged to several people connected with Brisbane’s early blood transfusion service, including the Director of the Brisbane service ca.1950s to 1970s, Dr A E Shaw, and Dr H C Taylor, one of the service’s main practitioners in the 1960s.

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Registration Number H49417
Classification CH classification TOYS Mechanical sewing machine
Name or Title Toy Singer sewing machine with seven spoke hand wheel
Production Place USA
History and Use

The toy sewing machine was originally given to Sylvia Joyce Sheedy (nee Prior), in the 1930s by her mother, Sylvia Mildred Prior, a seamstress from Toowoomba.As a single mother, Sylvia Prior earned a living for herself and her four children by sewing at home. Young Sylvia and her sister often helped with the hand finishing of dresses. Later, Sylvia Sheedy made her own clothes and those of her own three daughters. Unable to afford an electric machine when she was newly married, Sylvia used her child’s ‘Singer’ machine to make baby clothes. She later purchased an electric Singer machine and remained loyal to the brand throughout her life.

Isaac Merritt Singer (1811-1875) is credited with designing the first practical and efficient sewing machine. By 1860, Singer was the world’s largest producer of sewing machines. The Singer 20 toy sewing machine, which used a simple chain stitch design, was introduced in 1910. These ‘toys’ could be used by adults as well as children, with advertisements proclaiming their portability and ease of set-up and use.

From its description and images it is likely that this machine is the 1926 model produced by Singer. These were produced with seven spoke hand wheels and tension discs and had numbers stamped on them to indicate the threading path.

State/Province Queensland
Queensland
Country Australia
Australia
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Registration Number N6912
Classification CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Civil Medals
Name or Title Silver Medal and ribbon, XII Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982
Production Date 1982
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Classification CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Edged weapons
Name or Title Gilt wire pommel decoration
History and Use

This sword was part of the uniform worn by Sir Samuel Griffith on ceremonial occasions. Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920) held numerous positions including Attorney General, Premier in 1883 and 1890, Chief Justice of Queensland, Lieutenant Governor of Queensland, and Chief Justice of Australia. He married Julia Thompson (later referred to as Lady Griffith) of Maitland, NSW in July, 1870. They had six children, Mary, Llewellyn (Llew), helen (Nellie), Edward (Percy), Alice (Gwen) and Edith (Edie). In 1886 he was made Knight Commander of St Michael and St George, and in 1895 Grand Companion. In 1875 as Attorney General he introduced the State Education Act, which provided free primary school education for all Queensland children. In the following year he was appointed Secretary of Public Instruction (now Education Queensland). Griffith's illustrious career in the law and in Queensland politics culminated in his role in Federation. Following the drafting of the federal constitution during the latter part of the 1890s, and the proclamation of Federation in January 1901, Sir Samuel was appointed Chief Justice of Australia in 1903.

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Classification CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Edged weapons
Name or Title Dress sword scabbard
History and Use

This sword was part of the uniform worn by Sir Samuel Griffith on ceremonial occasions. Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920) held numerous positions including Attorney General, Premier in 1883 and 1890, Chief Justice of Queensland, Lieutenant Governor of Queensland, and Chief Justice of Australia. He married Julia Thompson (later referred to as Lady Griffith) of Maitland, NSW in July, 1870. They had six children, Mary, Llewellyn (Llew), helen (Nellie), Edward (Percy), Alice (Gwen) and Edith (Edie). In 1886 he was made Knight Commander of St Michael and St George, and in 1895 Grand Companion. In 1875 as Attorney General he introduced the State Education Act, which provided free primary school education for all Queensland children. In the following year he was appointed Secretary of Public Instruction (now Education Queensland). Griffith's illustrious career in the law and in Queensland politics culminated in his role in Federation. Following the drafting of the federal constitution during the latter part of the 1890s, and the proclamation of Federation in January 1901, Sir Samuel was appointed Chief Justice of Australia in 1903.

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Classification CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Edged weapons
Name or Title Gilt ribbon
History and Use

This sword was part of the uniform worn by Sir Samuel Griffith on ceremonial occasions. Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920) held numerous positions including Attorney General, Premier in 1883 and 1890, Chief Justice of Queensland, Lieutenant Governor of Queensland, and Chief Justice of Australia. He married Julia Thompson (later referred to as Lady Griffith) of Maitland, NSW in July, 1870. They had six children, Mary, Llewellyn (Llew), helen (Nellie), Edward (Percy), Alice (Gwen) and Edith (Edie). In 1886 he was made Knight Commander of St Michael and St George, and in 1895 Grand Companion. In 1875 as Attorney General he introduced the State Education Act, which provided free primary school education for all Queensland children. In the following year he was appointed Secretary of Public Instruction (now Education Queensland). Griffith's illustrious career in the law and in Queensland politics culminated in his role in Federation. Following the drafting of the federal constitution during the latter part of the 1890s, and the proclamation of Federation in January 1901, Sir Samuel was appointed Chief Justice of Australia in 1903.

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Classification CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Edged weapons
Name or Title Dress sword scabbard
History and Use

This sword was part of the uniform worn by Sir Samuel Griffith on ceremonial occasions. Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920) held numerous positions including Attorney General, Premier in 1883 and 1890, Chief Justice of Queensland, Lieutenant Governor of Queensland, and Chief Justice of Australia. He married Julia Thompson (later referred to as Lady Griffith) of Maitland, NSW in July, 1870. They had six children, Mary, Llewellyn (Llew), helen (Nellie), Edward (Percy), Alice (Gwen) and Edith (Edie). In 1886 he was made Knight Commander of St Michael and St George, and in 1895 Grand Companion. In 1875 as Attorney General he introduced the State Education Act, which provided free primary school education for all Queensland children. In the following year he was appointed Secretary of Public Instruction (now Education Queensland). Griffith's illustrious career in the law and in Queensland politics culminated in his role in Federation. Following the drafting of the federal constitution during the latter part of the 1890s, and the proclamation of Federation in January 1901, Sir Samuel was appointed Chief Justice of Australia in 1903.

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Registration Number H47898
Classification CH classification PERSONAL EFFECTS Keyrings & Knives key ring
Name or Title Red Cross Keyring
History and Use

The Red Cross commenced operation in Australia in 1914 with the primary aim of sending care parcels to WW1 troops. The service quickly expanded to provide a range of services including medical transport (of patients and equipment) and a tracing and messaging service (for contacting military personnel). Post-war, the emphasis was on relief efforts and medical care for returned servicemen.

The Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service was started in 1929 in Melbourne, with Brisbane’s service opening in 1933. The Australian Red Cross ‘Blood Bank’ continues to be Australia’s primary service for the collection and supply of blood products.

The objects in this collection are dated between 1936 and 1972. They belonged to several people connected with Brisbane’s early blood transfusion service, including the Director of the Brisbane service ca.1950s to 1970s, Dr A E Shaw, and Dr H C Taylor, one of the service’s main practitioners in the 1960s. Correspondence documents from and about these men provide detailed provenance for some of the items in this collection: such as a memorial note from Shaw on the occasion of Taylor’s death, and a photo of Taylor with nurses taking a blood sample.

The collection includes several other objects that do not have a direct provenance, but nonetheless flesh out the work of the service (medical instruments) and locate the Australian Red Cross within a global context (donor badges from around the world). A bottle of dried serum is said to be from one of the earliest trials of the desiccation process in Cambridge, 1940. A certificate issued to a regular donor, Brisbane solicitor J. H. Howard, 1936, shows how donors were rewarded for their generosity. Cinema advertising slides from the Bundaberg service (ca.1942) show the ways in which the Red Cross encouraged the public to contribute.

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Registration Number H47897
Classification CH classification PERSONAL EFFECTS Keyrings & Knives key ring
Name or Title Red Cross Keyring
History and Use

The Red Cross commenced operation in Australia in 1914 with the primary aim of sending care parcels to WW1 troops. The service quickly expanded to provide a range of services including medical transport (of patients and equipment) and a tracing and messaging service (for contacting military personnel). Post-war, the emphasis was on relief efforts and medical care for returned servicemen.

The Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service was started in 1929 in Melbourne, with Brisbane’s service opening in 1933. The Australian Red Cross ‘Blood Bank’ continues to be Australia’s primary service for the collection and supply of blood products.

The objects in this collection are dated between 1936 and 1972. They belonged to several people connected with Brisbane’s early blood transfusion service, including the Director of the Brisbane service ca.1950s to 1970s, Dr A E Shaw, and Dr H C Taylor, one of the service’s main practitioners in the 1960s. Correspondence documents from and about these men provide detailed provenance for some of the items in this collection: such as a memorial note from Shaw on the occasion of Taylor’s death, and a photo of Taylor with nurses taking a blood sample.

The collection includes several other objects that do not have a direct provenance, but nonetheless flesh out the work of the service (medical instruments) and locate the Australian Red Cross within a global context (donor badges from around the world). A bottle of dried serum is said to be from one of the earliest trials of the desiccation process in Cambridge, 1940. A certificate issued to a regular donor, Brisbane solicitor J. H. Howard, 1936, shows how donors were rewarded for their generosity. Cinema advertising slides from the Bundaberg service (ca.1942) show the ways in which the Red Cross encouraged the public to contribute.

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Registration Number H47899
Classification CH classification PERSONAL EFFECTS Keyrings & Knives key ring
Name or Title Red Cross Keyring
History and Use

The objects in this collection are dated between 1936 and 1972. They belonged to several people connected with Brisbane’s early blood transfusion service, including the Director of the Brisbane service ca.1950s to 1970s, Dr A E Shaw, and Dr H C Taylor, one of the service’s main practitioners in the 1960s.

The Red Cross commenced operation in Australia in 1914 with the primary aim of sending care parcels to WW1 troops. The service quickly expanded to provide a range of services including medical transport (of patients and equipment) and a tracing and messaging service (for contacting military personnel). Post-war, the emphasis was on relief efforts and medical care for returned servicemen.

The Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service was started in 1929 in Melbourne, with Brisbane’s service opening in 1933. The Australian Red Cross ‘Blood Bank’ continues to be Australia’s primary service for the collection and supply of blood products.

State/Province Queensland
Queensland
Country Australia
Australia
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Registration Number H47896
Classification CH classification PERSONAL EFFECTS Keyrings & Knives key ring
Name or Title Red Cross Keyring
History and Use

The International Red Cross maintains a tradition of rewarding blood donors with such things as stickers, certificates, badges, key rings and tie pins. For some people who choose to make regular donations over a long period of time, these rewards become collectible mementos of their years of service. The Queensland Museum’s Red Cross collection includes examples of these keepsakes from Australia and around the world. This key ring features a Chinese inscription.

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Classification CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Edged weapons
Name or Title Dress sword scabbard protector
History and Use

This sword was part of the uniform worn by Sir Samuel Griffith on ceremonial occasions. Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920) held numerous positions including Attorney General, Premier in 1883 and 1890, Chief Justice of Queensland, Lieutenant Governor of Queensland, and Chief Justice of Australia. He married Julia Thompson (later referred to as Lady Griffith) of Maitland, NSW in July, 1870. They had six children, Mary, Llewellyn (Llew), helen (Nellie), Edward (Percy), Alice (Gwen) and Edith (Edie). In 1886 he was made Knight Commander of St Michael and St George, and in 1895 Grand Companion. In 1875 as Attorney General he introduced the State Education Act, which provided free primary school education for all Queensland children. In the following year he was appointed Secretary of Public Instruction (now Education Queensland). Griffith's illustrious career in the law and in Queensland politics culminated in his role in Federation. Following the drafting of the federal constitution during the latter part of the 1890s, and the proclamation of Federation in January 1901, Sir Samuel was appointed Chief Justice of Australia in 1903.

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Registration Number H46070
Classification CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Female umbrella
Name or Title Umbrella
Production Date 2003
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Registration Number H42668
Classification CH classification HANDCRAFTS Needlework sampler
Name or Title Sampler
Production Place Queensland/Australia
Production Date 1919
History and Use

Sampler made by the donor's moter, Hilda Tate (nee Robertson) in 1918 at the age of 11 while a student at Belmont State School. Mrs Tate went on to become a professional dressmaker at Lucy Secor's Brisbane boutique, which she left when she was married in 1935. Mrs Tate also enjoyed crochet, cross-stitch and other needlework activities in her spare time.

Samplers are useful as documents in the examination of girls' education and the social expectations transmitted through the education system. Needlework samplers retained their place in girls' education well into the twentieth century, physical expressions of a definition of respectability that was based on the `feminine ideal' of the nineteenth century.

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Registration Number H42667
Classification CH classification HANDCRAFTS Needlework sampler
Name or Title Sampler
Production Place Queensland/Australia
Production Date 1918
History and Use

Made by mother of the donor, Hilda Tate (nee Robertson) in 1918 at the age of 11 while a student at Belmont State School. Mrs Tate went on to become a professional dressmaker at Lucy Secor's Brisbane boutique, which she left when she was married in 1935. Mrs Tate also enjoyed crochet, cross-stitch and other needlework activities in her spare time.

Samplers are useful as documents in the examination of girls' education and the social expectations transmitted through the education system. Needlework samplers retained their place in girls' education well into the twentieth century, physical expressions of a definition of respectability that was based on the `feminine ideal' of the nineteenth century.

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Classification CH classification COSTUME Eveningwear man
CH classification COSTUME man Suit
Name or Title Black four-piece lounge-suit, including jacket, vest and two pair of trousers
Production Place Brisbane/Queensland/Australia
Production Date 29 Jun 1938
History and Use

Owned by Douglas Drouyn,this four-piece lounge suit was worn during musical performances at various venues, including Cloudland, in Brisbane during the 1930s and 1940s.

Co-founder and operator of iconic Brisbane and Australian music store and drum manufacturing business, Drouyn & Drouyn, Doug Drouyn was one of Brisbane's best-known saxophone players in the 1930s and '40s.Together with his sister, Dorothy, on mandolin, the Doug Drouyn band performed at venues such as Albert Hall and were regularly broadcast on Brisbane radio station, 4BK. The band, named in news sources as 'one of Brisbane's most popular dance bands' was much in demand at events such as balls, fashion parades and at country occasions throughout Queensland.

As well as performing with Jim Davidson’s A.B.C. Dance Band, Wintergarden Symyphony Orchestra and the Trocadero Band, Doug Drouyn was leader of Lennon’s Hotel Band for two years. As a soloist, he played under Geo. Szell (well-known symphony conductor) at a concert in the Grand Theatre, Bowen, Queensland.

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Classification CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Edged weapons
Name or Title Sword carry case
History and Use

This sword was part of the uniform worn by Sir Samuel Griffith on ceremonial occasions. Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920) held numerous positions including Attorney General, Premier in 1883 and 1890, Chief Justice of Queensland, Lieutenant Governor of Queensland, and Chief Justice of Australia. He married Julia Thompson (later referred to as Lady Griffith) of Maitland, NSW in July, 1870. They had six children, Mary, Llewellyn (Llew), helen (Nellie), Edward (Percy), Alice (Gwen) and Edith (Edie). In 1886 he was made Knight Commander of St Michael and St George, and in 1895 Grand Companion. In 1875 as Attorney General he introduced the State Education Act, which provided free primary school education for all Queensland children. In the following year he was appointed Secretary of Public Instruction (now Education Queensland). Griffith's illustrious career in the law and in Queensland politics culminated in his role in Federation. Following the drafting of the federal constitution during the latter part of the 1890s, and the proclamation of Federation in January 1901, Sir Samuel was appointed Chief Justice of Australia in 1903.

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Registration Number H28164
Classification CH classification FLAGS Military
CH classification MILITARY Army battlefield souvenirs
CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Honour Boards
CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Souvenirs
CH classification MEMORIALS War Memorials
CH classification FLAGS National japanese
Name or Title Flag - Captured Japanese Flag with A.I.F. Signatures
Production Place Japan
Production Date 1939-1942
History and Use

This Japanese flag was captured by Australian troops in the significant Battle of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, in August-September 1942 during the Pacific War (1939-1942). It is signed by personnel of the 2/9th Battalion Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.).

The 2/9th Battalion was one of several infantry battalions which formed part of the 18th Brigade. These regular infantry battalions, as well as Australian Militia battalions, played an important role in the defeat of Japanese forces in the Battle of Milne Bay.

It was during this battle where Japanese forces suffered their first significant land defeat. At this time New Guinea was actually Australian territory, and Australian forces were in fact defending Australian soil against these Japanese invasion forces.

Many of the signatures which appear on the flag have a "QX" prefix, indicating they were Queensland enlisted soldiers. They include the first Queensland serial number prefix recipient: QX1 John William Archer, who enlisted 20 October 1939 at Albion, Brisbane, served in the 2/9th Battalion and was later discharged on 11 October 1945.

Another of the signatures is that of Lieutenant George Kenneth (Ken) Jackson. Ken was Assistant in Ethnology at the Queensland Museum from 1937. He volunteered for the 2nd A.I.F. at the outbreak of World War 2, and was posted to the Queensland-raised 2/9th Infantry Battalion. He served in the United Kingdom and North Africa, before returning to Australia from where he served in the South-West Pacific theatre with this battalion in 1942.

Ken Jackson was commissioned in the field at Milne Bay, where Australian military forces first stopped the advance of Japanese land forces in their drive towards Australia. Ken was killed in action at Sanananda, Papua New Guinea on 12 January 1943, while leading his company against the Japanese who had been turned back on the Kokoda Track. He was later awarded a posthumous Mentioned-in-Despatches "for Gallantry and Distinguished Service in the S.W. Pacific" on 13 May 1943.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.

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Registration Number H826.1
Classification CH classification COSTUME Eveningwear woman
Name or Title Robe a la Francaise (sack dress)
Production Place England
Production Date 1765-1775
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Registration Number H49724
Classification CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Edged weapons sword ~ cutlass
Name or Title Dress Sword and Scabbard
History and Use

This sword was part of the uniform worn by Sir Samuel Griffith on ceremonial occasions. Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920) held numerous positions including Attorney General, Premier in 1883 and 1890, Chief Justice of Queensland, Lieutenant Governor of Queensland, and Chief Justice of Australia. He married Julia Thompson (later referred to as Lady Griffith) of Maitland, NSW in July, 1870. They had six children, Mary, Llewellyn (Llew), helen (Nellie), Edward (Percy), Alice (Gwen) and Edith (Edie). In 1886 he was made Knight Commander of St Michael and St George, and in 1895 Grand Companion. In 1875 as Attorney General he introduced the State Education Act, which provided free primary school education for all Queensland children. In the following year he was appointed Secretary of Public Instruction (now Education Queensland). Griffith's illustrious career in the law and in Queensland politics culminated in his role in Federation. Following the drafting of the federal constitution during the latter part of the 1890s, and the proclamation of Federation in January 1901, Sir Samuel was appointed Chief Justice of Australia in 1903.

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