Rare Collection of Early Australian Heritage Objects To Go Under the Hammer in Sydney

. April 23, 2007

Sunday 29 April

Neville lives at “Happy Valley” in rural NSW and established a purpose built museum on the family property to house the large collection which until now has been open to the general public only by appointment.

“This is the first time a collection of this nature has ever been offered for auction”, says Giles Moon, National Head of the Collectables Department at Bonhams & Goodman. “Whilst the convict collection will have local appeal, there is a strong international market for early whaling memorabilia and we expect the sale to attract a lot of interest from collectors in the United States and Japan”, Moon adds.

Some items of extreme rarity include the oldest item of NSW convict clothing known to exist (the provenance links it to both Bathurst and Berrima gaols); one of only two known military 1830’s period blunderbusses from the Guard Tower at Port Arthur; historical convict period documents; early whaling hand held harpoons including one from the Charles W. Morgan, an American whaleship which hunted extensively in Australian and New Zealand waters and which has been preserved at Mystic Seaport in the US. Other rare whaling items include whale guns and bomb lance guns used widely during the latter years of the sail era. Gold rush items include a gold escort wagon complete with bullion box and a gold escort Trooper’s uniform replete with side-arms and a 12th Regiment musket believed to have been used at the Eureka Stockade.

After years of collecting, the desire for a more simplified life has played a part in Neville’s desire to sell his treasures. “I lost my wife to cancer five years ago and have decided to dispose of this collection put together over our lifetime. I wish to pass the material on to others who can now care for and enjoy it”.

Over the years, Mr Locker has provided collections to various historical institutions and hopes his collection will be purchased by the Commonwealth and housed in Canberra on permanent display for all to see. “It breaks my heart to see these collections go to auction and be broken up”, says Neville. Because of their rarity and uniqueness to our early cultural heritage they should be purchased by the Commonwealth and housed in our national capital for all to see. The Prime Minister and I have a passion for Australia’s history. Here is the tool by which future generations of Australian children can learn about how we lived and worked in the early days of our colonial settlements.”

The Locker Collection will be sold in Sydney on Sunday 29 April at Bonhams & Goodman’s Double Bay Rooms at 7 Anderson Street. The auction will commence a 12 noon.

A fully illustrated catalogue is available online at www.bonhamsandgoodman.com.au

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