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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Sundowners, The Last Match
    The Flood Tide Series -
    QSL card for VK5WG
    Gurwood Street, Wagga
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    'Yumari', painted by Uta Uta Tjangala, 1978
    'Dreaming at Kampurarrpa (Kamparrarrpa)', painted by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, 1976
    'Tingarri men and Initiates at Marabindinya [Marrapintinya]', painted by Anatjari No 1 Tjampitjimpa, 1980
    'Snake Dreaming at Naruingya', by Yumpuluru Tjungurrayi, 1976
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Invitation printed on cream card; addressed to Dr R. L. [Faithfull] and Miss Faithfull from Mrs Fairfax
    Cream, gold and blue dance program titled 'Agricultural Society's, Wednesday 12th Oct 1870, Ball'
    Car with two people seated in it.
    The Bay, Greystones Co. Wicklow

    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.

  • Keith and Elsie de Witte collection(3)

    Mornington Island headdress made by Dick Roughsey and worn by him at Keith and Elsie de Witte's wedding in 1955
    Creatures of the Sea
    Fishing with native net and spears

    The Keith and Elsie de Witte collection comprises one Mornington Island headdress made by Dick Roughsey and two Dick Roughsey bark paintings. The headdress is in excellent condition for its age and the bark paintings are also in good condition.

    Keith de Witte (1928-2007) and Dick Roughsey (c.1920-1985) (Goobalathaldin) met at Karumba Lodge, then run by the Ansett company, in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the 1950s. This is significant as it was at Karumba Lodge that Roughsey was introduced to Percy Tresize. Roughsey and Tresize were to collaborate together for much of their lives, producing among other things a series of children's books, including 'The Rainbow Serpent' (1975) which won a Children's Picture Book of the Year Award. The headdress, bark paintings and photographs from the de Witte's wedding on Mornington Island in 1955 are significant as they illustrate the story of a friendship across cultures. The Lardil influences on the de Witte's wedding ceremony held on Mornington Island provide a snapshot of cultural continuation on a mission in northern Australia in the 1950s.

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

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

    Pair of cream coloured kid gloves

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from R. Myers, 1837
    Convict love token from Samuel Sergent, 1830
    Convict love token from G. Emms, 1828
    Convict love token from H.H.

    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.

  • Georgy, Mudgee Policeman Breastplate collection(1)

    Given by Mr Whitting; Georgy, Mudgee Police man

    This collection comprises a brass breastplate presented in the late 1830s to Georgy, a Wiradjuri man of the Mudgee region of New South Wales.

    By the 1830s it was common practice to present Aboriginal people perceived as local leaders with breastplates in an attempt to aid peaceable settlement. Breastplates were also presented as a reward for labour or particular acts of heroism. Georgy probably worked as a tracker for the Mounted Police Force, the members of which were recruited from the military regiments in the colony. In the 'nineteen counties' designated by the colonial government the Mounted Police became prominent, mainly for the capture of bushrangers and runaway convicts - with the help of skilled Aboriginal trackers such as Georgy. He was presented with his breastplate by Joshua John Whitting, who served as a Lieutenant in the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment before joining the Mounted Police in 1836. It is possible that Georgy may have assisted Whitting in the successful investigation of a triple murder in February 1838.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    Yakapiri (bark sandals)
    'Nyaru' by Brandy Tjungurrayi, 2007
    'Mustering' by Veronia Lulu, 2007
    'Lampu, Kurninarra, Kartalapuru, Kujuwarri' by Kuji Rosie Goodjie, 2007

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..