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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    R. C. Presbytery
    Stone church
    1907-8 Spring & Summer Greetings from Harry Jebb the Cash Draper, Inglewood, Vic
    Group of mountaineer's children, Fiji
  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Letter
    Letter
    Letter
    Menu for Luncheon on the 27th September 1945 at Parliament House, Canberra

    The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

    This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1889
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1890, Special Prize
    The Boer Armament and Col Baden-Powell at Mafeking - Story of the Siege
    Framed colour photograph of a stud ram
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon 1915, depicting the interior of the house
    Print - A Flood tide - Ship Ahoy!
    Cream-coloured partial dance program with 'Engagement; Mrs Quodling's Wedding 1868' handwritten inside
    Ladies black patent[?] leather left shoe, with black and red beading on the front and straps

    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.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Painting of 'walka', a brightly coloured pattern
    Dance hat with string and emu feathers at the top
    Girl Shattered
    Photograph of a group of people holding a sign saying 'Black Control of Black Affairs'

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • Keith Goddard collection(252)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
  • Horne-Bowie collection(720)

    Glass spearhead
    Spearhead
    Spearhead
    Glass spearhead
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    LCO Aumuller Powhattan, Hankow Received letter decided return Hankow, November First, Innes
    Purchase slip from Takeda Bros. and Co., 1931
    Letter
    Letter
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