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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Loch Ard & Ben Lommond
    Piece of Springfield Merino note paper
    Return home to Springfield of the Brothers Faithful after Encounter with the Gilbert Bushrangers

    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(7551)

    Postcard featuring two horses with jockeys in a field
    Bulli Lookout, Sth Coast, NSW
    National park, New South Wales
    Group of girls in a garden.
  • Olive Pink collection(77)

    Hand made pick
    Wooden toy shield
    Head ornament
  • ET Fealy collection(252)

    Breadcarters (Northumberland) (Variation), 21 May 1947, details award wage regulations
    National Security (Man Power) Regulations 1943
  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    To meet the visiting Journalists from the United Kingdom...
    Invitation to meet Hon. Nelson T. Johnson, Envoy extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, Canberra, 1941

    The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

    This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    The Boer Armament and Col Baden-Powell at Mafeking - Story of the Siege
    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
    Photograph sleeve
    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1889
  • James Sprent collection(7)

    University of Glasgow No. 5 Ticket 1822 for the Public Logic Clasf [sic]
    Map of Tasmania by James Sprent
    Box for engineering documents
    University of Glasgow Greek Clasf [sic] Senior

    The James Sprent collection comprises a large and very early map (1859) of Tasmania, a sealed parchment manuscript contained in a zinc document case (Sprent's degree certificate), a Reeves parallel ruler, three small certificates for short courses at the University of Glasgow dated 1822-23 and a wooden box. The objects relate to James Sprent's distinguished career as a surveyor in Van Diemen's Land from 1830 until his death in 1863.

    During the first 50 years of settlement in Van Diemen's Land, the production of maps was haphazard. Increasing disputes over property boundaries were causing friction between landholders and so the government recognised the need for an accurate map. In 1833, Assistant Surveyor James Sprent embarked on an ambitious task to produce a trigonometrical survey of the whole island. The survey took over 20 years to be completed and the results were used to produce the first precise map of the colony. Sprent was the first surveyor in Van Diemen's Land with formal qualifications; he initiated
    the first steps towards the founding of a professional body for the recognition of the professional standards for surveyors in Australia. In 1858, he was the first civilian appointed to the position of Surveyor-General. This marked a major change in the philosophy of governing the colony with a move away from an expensive military presence.

  • Horse Era Museum collection no. 2(19)

    Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies 4 NHP portable steam engine, Serial No 18053
    Double Abbot buggy used around Boorowa in the 1870s
    Saddle from a dress horse harness set
    Wooden wall mounted telephone switchboard