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

    Painting by Gordon Syron - Left side of tryptic
    Poster with image by J Samuels
    Mountain Devil Dreaming
    Landscape by Greg Kelly

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Metal plate inscribed with Christmas greetings
    Independent Order of Rechabites  Temperance Friendly Society
    Central Square, Sydney
    Hotel Australia, Sydney
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from J. Fletcher
    Convict love token from Charles Betts, 1849
    Convict love token from 1820
    Convict love token engraved with the names H. Orum and H. Cutler

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Knitting pattern for a Balaclave Cap
    Clarice Faithfull-Anderson and her mother Lilian Faithfull-Anderson and four polo players
    Cream-coloured partial dance program titled 'AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY'S BALL, 5th MAY 1869'
    Card with a poem

    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.

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

    Weapon - Spear
    Untitled work on paper, Yirrkala, 1948
    Large natural gastropod shell for signalling that a turtle was caught
  • University of Sydney collection(74)

    Fibre basket with strands of fabric

    Wooden clapstick

    Plaited fibre armband decorated with pigments

    Plaited fibre armband decorated with pigments

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Ram in front of a fence with farm buildings on either side
    Commodore 3 years
    Four lambs
    Yass Spring Show, 1906, Second Prize
  • Gallaway-Gore collection(62)

    Hand written letter from Ch. Campbell dated 14 January 1835
    Receipt from Bank of Australasia
    Photographic portrait of a man holding baby
    Confirmation card for Jessie Ann Gore

    The Gallaway-Gore collection consists of a number of objects, including a sword and scabbard, a family bible and prayer book, several framed portraits, and a number of family papers including letters, deeds, wills, birth and marriage certificates pertaining to the Gore-Gallaway family.

    There is a long history of achievement among the generations of the Gore-Gallaway family, including three generations of maritime service, from Captain John Gore senior, who sailed with Captain James Cook on the Endeavour, his son Rear Admiral John Gore junior, who migrated to Australia and settled the property 'Gilmour' near Lake Bathurst, to his grandson Graham Gore, who was lost on the Franklin expedition. This history, as well as the family's subsequent experiences on 'Gilmour', are documented within the collection.

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