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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3486)

    Two sequencial pages out of a bible.
    Partial dance program titled 'Government House, 23rd May 1867'
    Envelope addressed to Mrs A. I. Maple Brown
    Castle of Rheinstein

    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 Arts Board collection no. 2(559)

    Painting depicting a crocodile surrounded by eggs, by David Milaybuma
    Wooden container, painted by Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, 1978
    'Lizard Dreaming Site at Linga-Goora (Lingakura)', painted by Ray Inkamala Tjampitjinpa, 1976
    Bark painting 'Ngaldjorlboh of the
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(4397)

    The Cascade Kangaroobie, Orange, N.S.W
    Boondara, showing five men standing near a car outside a timber house
    Car driving on a road through an avenue of trees, March 1952
    Dispensary hall, Newtown
  • J B Young Ltd collection(194)

    Wages book
    Letter is from J A Coleman of J B Young, asking Mr Menzies, Senior Trade Commissioner, New York, to attend an awards function in New York, on their behalf
    Copy of the chairman's address to the 1981 Annual General Meeting of Grace Bros Holdings Limited
    Letter to Mr R C Davey, Chief Finance Officer, New York, from Jim Coleman of J B Young, mentioning an earlier letter sent to Mr H C Menzies
  • Emanuel Family collection(22)

    Emanuel Family photograph album of Go Go Station, about 1963-1967
    Emanuel Family photograph album of Go Go Station, about 1959-1963
    Silver medallion fom Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia presented to S Emanuel in 1906
    Silver medallion presented to S Emanuel to commemorate the visit of HRH Prince Alfred in 1868
  • John Boddington collection(2)

    Ruined dashboard clock from Australian National Airways Avro X aircraft 'Southern Cloud', which crashed in 1931
    Cardboard box used to store the ruined dashboard clock from the 'Southern Cloud' aircraft crash site.

    The John Boddington Collection consists of the remains of the clock from the instrument panel of the aircraft Southern Cloud.

    Southern Cloud, operated by Australian National Airways, crashed in 1931 during appalling weather on the Sydney-Melbourne route. The wreck was not found in the subsequent search and the mystery of the plane's disappearance captured the nation's attention during the dark days of the Depression. It was Australia's first major civil aviation disaster. Only in 1958 - and quite by accident - was the wreckage found by a worker on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. A significant outcome of the crash was a recommendation for the adoption of radio in civil aircraft in Australia, enabling changed weather forecasts to be conveyed to aircrews. The loss of Southern Cloud and the eight persons on board played a part in creating safer air travel for all Australians. The surviving handful of damaged clock components forms a poignant and graphic reminder of the dangers of flying in the 1930s.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting depicting Macassans boiling down trepang by Mathaman Marika, Yirrkala, 1964
    Bark painting depicting a male human figure with outstretched hands by David Malangi, Milingimbi, 1965
    Bark painting depicting two Nyapililngu ancestral women by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1966
    Bark painting depicting the tail of the whale Daymirri, by Wandjuk Marika, Yirrkala, 1964, with a paddle over his head
  • Nettie McColive collection(144)


    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.