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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Riding habit
    William Percy Faithfull
    Metal nail
    White Lion Hotel, Banbury

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

    Bark painting of birds, fish and snakes
    Watercolour landscape, by Shane Pickett
    Bark painting 'Djang'Kawu Sisters at Gariyak' by Valerie Munininy 2
    Bark painting 'Mimi and Namorodo Spirits' by Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru, Gunbalanya

    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(7553)

    Queenstown, Tas
    Oxford Street, Sydney
    Belmore Bridge, during 1893 Flood
    Boondara showing horse teams hitched to wagons loaded with wool bales.
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
  • Dame Pattie Menzies collection no. 1(16)

    Information card
    16 millimetre movie camera used by Sir Robert Menzies
    Information card
    Brown leather movie camera case with hinged lid, used by Sir Robert Menzies

    The Dame Pattie Menzies collection no. 1 consists of a leather camera box with embossed initials R.G.M., a magazine Cine-Kodak 16mm camera, 2 boxes Cine-Kodak Kodachrome 16mm safety Colour film, lens, light filter box and cover, light filter in plastic pouch, 25mm lens, film information cards. The camera belonged to former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies and was used by Sir Robert for home movies and to record many of his overseas trips.

    AustraliaÂ?s longest-serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies (1939-1941 and 1949-1966), first entered Federal Parliament in 1934, and became leader of the United Australia Party and Prime Minister in 1939. Following party dissention in 1941, he resigned from office, but became Prime Minister again in 1949 when he won a Federal election as leader of the Liberal Party. A staunch supporter of AustraliaÂ?s continuing links to Britain, famously declaring himself to be Â?British to the bootstrapsÂ?, Menzies had a passion for home movies and his collection, held by the NFSA, shows family events, international travel, national events and Australian life. His movies were filmed on this Eastman Kodak's Cine-Kodak camera, produced from approximately 1925-1950, which was the world's first 16mm movie camera, and the first movie camera manufactured by Kodak intended for use by the general public for home use. The Cine-Kodak was the only hand-crank movie camera manufactured by Kodak. The camera is operated by turning this crank at a steady 2 revolutions per second, producing 16 frames per second. Remnants of green and yellow masking tape, which allowed the Prime Minister to identify his luggage, remain on the embossed leather camera box.

  • Ronald L Gale Masonic collection no. 2(21)

    Red and gold empire line evening ensemble
    Red evening ensemble
    Green A-line evening dress

    Gold pump left shoe

  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Compass Swing Record carried out for C of A renewal
    Aircraft Weighing Form from Aviation Traders (Engineering) Pty Ltd, 4 November 1982.
    Account from the Hotel George V, Paris, 13 September 1936
    Approved Certificate / Advice Note from British Aerospace re dispatch of spare parts

    The Neil Jensen collection consists of a Percival Gull Six aircraft, G-AERD, and associated archive. Made by the Percival Aircraft Company at Gravesend in Kent, England, in 1936, this aircraft was first purchased by Ariane Dufaux of Switzerland and registered as HB-OFU. After passing through several owners in Switzerland, the aircraft was sold to a collector and restored by Cliff Lovell in England where it was featured on the air show circuit and registered as G-AERD. Neil Jensen purchased G-AERD in 1983, and while it was based in Redhill, Surrey it was awarded the Percival Trophy by the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group.

    Born in Albury, New South Wales, in 1897, Edgar Wikner Percival served in Europe and Egypt with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Returning to Australia after the war, Percival operated a commercial aviation business while pursuing opportunities to design and manufacture new types of aircraft. In 1929, he travelled to England to work as a test pilot for the Bristol Aircraft Company, and in 1930 designed and manufactured the first low-wing cantilever monoplanes in the British Commonwealth. Percival formed the Percival Aircraft Company in 1932 and named the new aircraft series 'Gull'. Characterised by their graceful lines, the Gulls had light wooden frames covered with doped (lacquered) fabric and powerful four or six cylinder engines. PercivalÂ?s Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, with Percival designing racing versions named 'Mew Gulls', which won acclaim in the Kings Cup Air Race.

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

    Long narrow mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string
    The Man Dauandja, work on paper, Oenpelli, 1948
    The Travels of the Man, Jundaruna
    The Serpent-men, Jurlungur and Gadjalan