Image of medicine chest

Opening the medicine chest
A tale of two brothers

by Pip McNaught

In November 2004, the National Museum of Australia announced the acquisition of an important and comprehensive collection of pastoral and domestic objects. In researching one of the intriguing objects in the collection — a family medicine chest — a personal story emerges of health and illness, set against a broader backdrop of medicine and treatment in colonial Australia.

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Image of Dargie's portrait of the Queen

Dargie's 'Wattle Queen'
Popular monarchism in mid-twentieth-century Australia

by Laura Breen

William Dargie's celebrated portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most recognisable examples of twentieth-century Australian portraiture. In examining its commission, creation and the dissemination of reproductions, this image emerges as a potent piece of material culture significant in the promotion of popular monarchism in mid-twentieth century Australia.

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