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  • Eric J Treloar collection(56)

    Receipt for 50 pounds from Bleriot Aeronautics
    Training agreement between W H Treloar and L Bleriot
    Crick - Australian Bleriot pupil, Treloar - Australian Bleriot extended course pupil, Cooper - Bleriot pupil Australian, and Stutt - Bristol Instructor Australian
    Photograph of W H Treloar with Harry and Don Wurfel, and a biplane marked Barnet Glass Tyres

    The collection consists of 56 items related to the career and interests of William Harold Treloar, including photographs, magazines, newspaper clippings, documents and a cartoon by Tom Shield. The material was donated his son Eric J Treloar, and is drawn from Harold Treloar's employment and flight training before the First World War, and his commercial flying activities in Australia after the war.

    Born in Hamilton, Victoria in 1889, Harold Treloar was employed as a driver for Young Bros Auctioneers in Horsham from 1908, and then a motor mechanic and driver at McDonaldÂ?s Garage in Hamilton from 1911. During 1912-13, Treloar was employed as a mechanic and driver at the Ballarat Motor Works. Treloar developed an interest in aviation and travelled to England where he was accepted as a pupil at the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company Limited in June 1914 for training in piloting and maintenance of aircraft. Treloar continued his training at the Point Cook aviation school after enlisting with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in 1914, and began service with the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) in 1915. Treloar was one of the first members of the AFC to enter war service as part of the Â?Half FlightÂ? sent to assist the Indian Government against Turkish forces in April 1915. In August 1915, Treloar was reported missing and then confirmed a prisoner of war, remaining in captivity until November 1918. After returning to Australia, Treloar explored a number of commercial aviation interests, entering aerial races and offering joy flights during tours of Victoria and parts of New South Wales. He was employed as an aviation officer for the British Imperial Oil Company Ltd in Adelaide, a subsidiary of the Shell Transport and Trading Company (becoming the Shell Company of Australia Ltd in 1927), from 1920 to 1940.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Handmade greeting card
    Black top hat
    Royal Agricultural Society passes
    Mauve satin covered ladies right shoe

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Audley National Park, near Sydney
    Victory March Through London, 3rd May, 1919
    Tye & Co Propy Ltd, Money-Saving House Furnishers, Melbourne
    Overlooking Newcastel, NSW
  • Chai Vang and Por Ye collection(12)

    Wooden arrow with cardboard fletching or fin
    Knife with bullock horn handle
    Hoe blade
    Cardboard sign for leeks from a market garden stall

    The collection consists of one dibble (or digging stick), four cardboard signs, two knives, the head of a small hoe, a cross-bow and arrows used by Chai Vang and Por Ye, Hmong market gardeners in Tasmania. The metal objects were made in Thailand by Chai Vang's father, a traditional Hmong blacksmith, and the wooden items and cardboard signs were made by Chai in Hobart.

    Chai Vang and Por Ye arrived in Australia with their eight children as refugees from Laos in 1991. The family settled in Hobart, Tasmania within the small Hmong community that had established itself during the 1970s. In 2000 the family began to farm on several acres of land near Hobart and sell their produce at the Salamanca Markets. The Hmong market gardeners have become an important part of Tasmania's social, cultural and agricultural scene through their involvement with the Salamanca Markets and their willingness to share aspects of their traditional culture with the wider community.

  • Geoff Pryor collection no. 2(3)

    Two illustrations - First Victa Lawnmower and First Ear Muffs
    Thong Thrown at Owner of the First Victa.....
    Boot Thrown at the Owner of the First Victa
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Oval coiled split cane basket
    Bark painting 'Yirritja Narra flying fox dance' by George Milpurrurru, Milingimbi, 1966
    Bark painting depicting the tail of the whale Daymirri, by Wandjuk Marika, Yirrkala, 1964, with a paddle over his head
    Bark painting depicting six crabs by Tom Djawa, Milingimbi, 1965
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Cylindrical basket
    Film negative - Attack Island, Glenelg River, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Lantern slide - View from the sea of Point Charles lighthouse, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905
    Glass plate negative - Expedition camp, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Ben Chifley collection no. 3(53)

    Cec Burgness Fund
    Prime ministerial correspondence with related letter
    Map of Orient line routes
    Prime ministerial correspondence

    The objects in the Ben Chifley Collection refer to the lives of Ben and Elizabeth Chifley, primarily from the Chifleys' days as Prime Minister and Prime Minister's wife, but stretching beyond Ben's death in 1951 until Elizabeth's death in 1962. Significant objects include a letter of condolence to Elizabeth Chifley from Elsie Curtin (former PM John Curtin's wife) on the death of Ben Chifley (above), photos of Chifley as a young boy and a bible on which Chifley was sworn in as minister in the short-lived Scullin government of 1931.

    Joseph Benedict Chifley was Australia's sixteenth Prime Minister, leading the Australian government between 1945 and 1949. This period was one of particular importance in Australian history, being the time during which many of the contours of post-War Australian social and economic development were established. Chifley also articulated the values of the reforming Labor Party in his "Light on the Hill" speech of 1949. However, the election of December that year saw the beginning of a drastic re-alignment of political allegiances in voting behaviour, leading to over twenty years of conservative dominance in Australian politics. An understanding of Ben Chifley, in both his private and public guises, illustrates much about this crucial era in post-War Australian history.