About our feature image

The collage is made of images selected from the Chau Chak Wing Museum’s Macleay Collection, Nicholson Collection and University Art Collection. Images were chosen due to their association with themes of monarchy, imperialism, colonialism and decolonisation. 

For a detailed description of each image, please see below:

King Tāwhiao, Maori King, New Zealand, photograph Henry King, 1894 (HP99.1.105)

Place: Sydney, NSW, Australia. Photograph: Henry King. Anthropology Department Lantern Slide Collection. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP99.1.105


Statue of Queen Victoria in the Garden Palace, Sydney photograph: Robert Hunt (HP81.106.3)

Place: Domain, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Photograph: Robert Hunt, 1879-1882. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP81.106.3


‘The Wish of a Queen’ reproduced from The Life Story of Śōkyamuni series (UA2010.33)

Place: China. Yongshan Aisin-Gioro, 1880-1930. University Art Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, UA2010.33


Wax seal, ‘The Queen’s Majesty in Ecclesiastical Causes’ for the Peculiar Jurisdiction of Stratford upon Avon (NMR.1283)

Place: England, United Kingdom, Mid-19th century. Nicholson Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, NMR.1283


“Two Fijian Princesses”, late 19th – early 20th century, photograph: Henry King (HP99.1.89)

Place: Fiji. Photograph: Henry King (publisher). Anthropology Department Lantern Slide Collection. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP99.1.89


Carte-de-visite album introduction card featuring royalty (HP82.48.1.112)

(Montage of photographs of royalty with their names and dates; including Queen Victoria; centre bottom are the Prince and Princes of Wales ‘Mard [married] Mar 10 1863’; around a poem ‘Yes this is my Album, But learn ere you look: That all are expected To add to my book.’), mid-late 19th century. Photograph/publisher: unknown. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP82.48.1.112


‘Queens Theatre’, 1915 photograph: Kerry and Co. (HP83.60.5671)

Place: Auburn, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph: Kerry and Co. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP83.60.5671


Portraits of King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Wales, 1900-1907 (SC1987.12.6.6)

Place: London, England, United Kingdom. Publisher: W Butcher & Sons. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, SC1987.12.6.6


Culacula (ceremonial club), 19th century (ETH.592)

Culacula (ceremonial club), 19th century [carried by Fijian priests and chiefs and by Tongan chiefs]. Place: Fiji. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, ETH.592

For more information about this object, please contact:  ccwm.info@sydney.edu.au

Studio portrait of Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna, 1882, photograph Charles Bergamasco (HP88.6.2)

Place: St Petersburg, Russia. Photograph: Charles Bergamasco. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP88.6.2


‘Queen drops in: Lands Right!’, 1988 (UA2014.212)

Artis: Eliza Campbell 1959-. Screen print. Tin Sheds, University Art Workshop, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia. University Art Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, UA2014.212


‘H.R.H. the Prince of Wales in the garden of the Chateau which was his Headquarters in France’, c.1915, (HP2014.3.1894)

Sterograph photograph: Realistic Travels (publisher). Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum,  HP2014.3.1894


Queen Sālote Tupou III of Tonga, circa 1961, photograph: Reginald Clifton Firth (HP84.60.1816)

Place: Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Photograph: Reginald Clifton Firth. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, HP84.60.1816 www.sydney.edu.au/museums/collections_search/?record=ecatalogue.169129

Coronation medal of Victoria, 1837 (NM75.79)

Place: England, United Kingdom. Nicholson Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, NM75.79


Cassowary feather headdress, late 19th century (ETA.619)

Place: Queen’s Jubilee (Purari) River, Gulf province, Papua New Guinea. Collected: Theodore Francis Bevan, 1887. Macleay Collection, Chau Chak Wing Museum, ETA.619



Dr Cindy McCreery
Department of History, A18 Brennan MacCallum Building, University of Sydney