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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    The Cairn
    The Girls of Gottenberg - The Titsi-Bitsi Girl
    King William Street, Adelaide, SA
    Bah-ah! The naughty quince
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1885
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, First Prize
    Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)

    A Century at Moore Park Best Exhibit Beef Shorthorns 1882-1982
    Hand tinted photograph of Junior Champion Heifer Woodleigh Joyous Duchess
    Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria

    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Cylindrical basket
    The Man, Naljanio
    Abstract design on paper from Oenpelli,1948
    Weapon - Spear
  • Everitt and George Family collection(911)

    Photographic prints depicting the toy theatre
    Photographic print depicting Mr George with a toy theatre
    Play booklet for the play 'Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, or Harlequin and the Magic Horn'
    Photographic prints depicting the toy theatre

    The Everitt and George Family collection consists of over 800 objects including a Toy Theatre with a 'Redington' proscenium and a second back stage, play booklets and associated scenery, photographs of the Toy Theatre, and documents and working notes related to the collection. The collection is in good condition.

    The Toy Theatre was invented in England around 1811, reflecting the popularity of pantomimes and plays performed in the leading theatres around London in the same period. They soon became a favourite pastime for teenage boys and adult collectors alike, with a long list of publishers producing a wealth of material. B Pollock was one of the most famous of these publishers and the earliest pieces in this collection have been attributed to Pollock. Though this was largely an English tradition the collection reflects the first owner Edward Everitt's heritage, who migrated to Australia in the 19th century bringing parts of the Toy Theatre with him.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - The main street of Derby, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Man with spear poised, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Film negative - River scene, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Glass plate negative - Men showing their scars,  Port George IV, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
  • Barry Williams collection(60)

    Scout's Athlete badge certificate
    Scout's Grong Grong Quarterly Competition certificate
    Scout's National Service Record
    Scout's Carpenter badge certificate

    The Barry Williams collection comprises 53 items of 1940s scout memorabilia, including awards and items of uniform from the Surry Hills scout troop, Sydney. Awards such as badges, cords, shoulder tabs and dated certificates are a complete material record of the donor's progress from scout to king's scout. The collection contains the full range of awards available to scouts in the 1940s, except for two awards.

    This collection records a scouting experience that is typically Australian. The 1940s marks a stage of great popularity for the Scouting movement when they were a very visible presence in Australia. The Surry Hills scout troop was disbanded in the 1990s, the demise of the group was probably caused by the changing demographic and social values, of the people living in Surry Hills. This collection is a record of a past urban scouting experience in Australia. It is also evocative of some of the social changes that have taken place in Australia, that have contributed to the decrease in popularity, of the scouting movement.

  • Alexander Mussen collection(33)

    Ambrotype of Alexander Mussen 1854
    Letter from J.A. Sharpe to Thomas Mussen, July 1865
    Letter from Alexander Mussen to Thomas Mussen, February 1856
    Letter from Samuel Bromley to Thomas Mussen, June 1865

    The Alexander Mussen Collection consists of 3 sketches, one ambrotype portrait, newspaper clippings, 13 letters and a death certificate relating to Alexander Mussen, his time on the NSW goldfields and his death, in 1864, at the hand of bushrangers. Alexander Mussen was a young Canadian, the son of a well known merchant in Montreal. It seems he fell into some disrepute and debt in Canada and travelled to the NSW goldfields to both try his luck and redeem the family name.

    The gold rush in Australia had a major impact on society, culture, the environment and politics. The population increased dramatically, society became more diversified, colonial governments had to respond to the changes and the rest of the world became increasingly aware of Australia's wealth. The Mussen collection provides a personal and intimate insight into the practical workings of some New South Wales diggings, society more generally, law and order on the goldfields and the continuing connection between those who came to Australia and family left behind.