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  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Stone with incised Wandjina figures
    Bark painting 'Cut-up Kangaroo ready for Ceremonial cooking' by Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru, Gunbalanya, 1974
    Land Kangaroo
    Three fish.
  • Professor Peter Spearritt collection no. 2(185)

    Always in our hearts. Royal Tour Souvenir 1954 Australia
    Pennant commemorating the Royal Visit 1954
    It'll grow back. Save our forrests. No Woodchips
    Money box to commemorate the British royal visit to Australia, 1954

    The Professor Peter Spearritt collection No. 2 is divided into four categories; British Royal Family memorabilia, Australian Republic Movement material, T-shirts with Indigenous motifs and anti-logging material. The British Royal Family memorabilia category predominantly relates to Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 tour of Australia. The items were specifically collected by the vendor for the 1993 exhibition entitled Australians and the Monarchy. The Australian Republic Movement material was also featured in this exhibition. The Indigenous motifs t-shirts and the anti-logging material were collected for the 1992 exhibition Lie of the Land. Both exhibitions were jointly created by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Spearritt was the head curator of both exhibitions.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    At the Institurion during recreation hours.  Deaf and Dumb Institution, Waratah, NSW
    Man standing beside a horse and cart, with other horse and carts in the background.
    Australian Aboriginal. An Old Warrior
    Deserted hut
  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    Gold medal from the Royal Agricultural Society of N.S.W. Royal Easter Show Sydney 1929
    GRANVILLE SHOW 1952, blue felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text
  • Convict Love Token collection no. 2(4)

    Convict love token 1792
    Convict love token 1844
    Convict love token
    Convict love token from Samuel Smith, 1839

    This collection consists of 4 Convict Love Tokens: one copper halfpenny engraved with MC/1792; one cartwheel penny engraved with squire with rifle and dog; one copper penny engraved with a sailor in front of a sailing ship; and one shaved down penny with 'L.B/L.W/1844'.

    Convict love tokens, typically made of smoothed down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system, as well as its transnational character. Also known as 'leaden hearts', the tokens stem from traditional sailors' farewells. Convict tokens were made for the whole of the Transportation period in New South Wales and Tasmania, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As objects purposely made by or for convicts to give as mementoes, to be left behind when the prisoner was transported, the tokens are a unique part of the record of a convict's transportation experience.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    William Percy Faithfull, George Ernest Faithfull, Reginald Faithfull, Henry Montague Faithfull.
    Brass drafting instrument
    Photograph taken at the Tirranna Races
    Florence Faithfull wearing a dark dress standing beside Lilian Faithfull

    The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

    Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Nandi Sacred Bull, Banares
    Sheet of paper relating to Joan Richmond
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - London
    Album containing black and white photos with hand written annotations

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.

  • Bureau of Mineral Resources collection no. 1(534)

    Hunting Adastra Gulf airborne magnetometer
    Austronic engineering laboratories  portable gieger counter and ratemeter
    Toepfer mirror galvanometer