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  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative of 17 Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, spears against trellis fence with board bearing a wooden tape measure, photographed by Herbert Basedow, between 1911 and 1914
    Glass plate negative - Deception Creek, Red Gorge, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, between 1905 and 1914
    Film negative - Expedition party on march, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Film negative - Laurie Coonan shoeing a horse, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Cathedral Rocks
    Following suit
    The wheat team
    Interior of the Holy Trinity Church, Granville
  • Raymond Holliday collection(78)

    Viola made by William Holliday, 1963
    Violin made by William Auchterlonie, 1939
    Volin case for John Devereux violin
    Violin made by  F. Chainie

    The Raymond Holliday collection comprise 64 violins, two viola, four violin bows, 23 music cases, one display case demonstrating flute-head making, and three booklets. The collection also features significant documentation detailing information about Australian violin makers and a selection of material representing Raymond Holliday's flute-making business.

    The collection is representative of one century of Australian violin-making from the 1800s to the late 1900s. It demonstrates the variety of makers and skills in the craft. It is also distinguished by the collector's hand - his creations, his life-long passion for violins, and his important role in advocating recognition of Australian musical instrument making. The collection features violins and violas, most of which were made by a very wide cross-section of Australian makers including well known professionals, or makers using Australian timbers. The handmade display of flute head joints used to promote Holliday's business at instrument-making fairs and music exhibitions is a poignant object showing his flute-making activities. The collection reflects the value of music in everyday life and the determination to innovate, experiment and create.

  • Inada Holdings 19/08/1985 collection(4)

    Aboriginal sovereignty
    Aboriginal Land Rights
    Circular black and red badge with central yellow circle [Aboriginal flag]
    Pay the Rent
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Untitled work on paper, Yirrkala, 1948
    South East Wind
    Wood carving - female human figure
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    School report
    Lilian Faithfull on her wedding day, 16 February 1898, standing on the verandah at Springfield
    Brass 360 degree protractor
    The post which the Bush Ranger stood behind when Percy fired at him. The hole is shown in the picture

    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.

  • Hinchley Family collection(1)

    Water rat skin cape made from over 50 pelts

    The Hinchley Family Collection contains a 1940s water rat skin cape made from 51 pelts. It is fully lined with rayon, and is secured by a ribbon and two hook and eye fasteners. The cape is in excellent condition.

    The water rats used to make the cape were trapped by Hinchley family members in the Riverina, New South Wales, using old jam tins bated with sardines or fish oil. The pelts were taken to a Wagga Wagga furrier - the Schultz Tannery - to be made into a cape. Trapping of water rats, which are a native species, is now illegal but in the 1930s and 1940s water rats were trapped in large numbers for their fur. The height of fashion, fur items were popular in the first half of the twentieth century. When a shortage in the supply of muskrat fur from America occurred in the late 1930s, trapping of local water rats intensified. In the 1940s, as World War II continued, bans on fur importations increased demand for local furs. Some farmers and fishermen, who considered them a pest, also trapped water rats. Once thought to be at risk, the species now has secure population levels. The cape is a rare item, irreplaceable under current wildlife conservation laws

  • Horne-Bowie collection(720)

    Bottom grinding stone [stone implement]
    Glass spearhead
    Kimberley point