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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    David Jones
    Four women walking down a bush road
    The Old Mill, Morley's Creek, Gundagai
    Envelope titled 'Postcard Portraits from Original Drawings of Victorian Pioneers by James Flett'
  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)

    Certificate
    Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria
    Certificate
    Certificate

    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.

  • Department of Defence collection(118)

    Brass winding key for chronometer
    Joseph Sewell Marine Chronometer No 9143 in a wooden case, used in HMAS Tamworth
    Joseph Sewill Marine Chronometer No 9143, with accessories in a wooden case, used in HMAS Tamworth
    Fastening pin for latch on chronometer
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Wooden container, painted by Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, 1978
    Wooden container, painted on both sides with red ochre by Daisy Leura Nakamara, 1980
    Painting depicts 25 fish arranged in nine lines
    Painting depicting modjarki, freshwater crocodile, by Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Large group of people in an outdoor setting. 15th June 1910
    The Tourist.
    Postcard showing tulips
    Epitaphs on a Schoolgirl

    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.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Kunawarritji and Kinyu' by Eubena Nampitjin, 2007
    'Ngapawarla Jila' by Nyuju Stumpy Brown, 2007
    Fibre basket by Janice Nixon, 2008
    'Where I Was Born' by Georgina Brown, 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..

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from John Giddens
    Convict love token from George Norman
    Convict love token from William Holmes, 1844
    Convict love token from George Corney, 1831

    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.

  • Harold Stevens collection(4)

    Picture taking with the No.1A Autographic Kodak Junior...
    Kodak camera case
    Autographic Kodak Junior camera
    Camera tripod with telescopic legs

    The Harold Stevens collection comprises an A1 Autographic Kodak Junior camera, camera case, instruction booklet and tripod. Amateur photographer Harold Stevens used this equipment during the 1920s and 1930s to document family life at his home in Rockdale, Sydney, and to record activities and scenes on holiday trips.

    Photography has been one of Australia's most popular leisure activities since American George Eastman released the Pocket Kodak camera on to the Australian market in 1896. The new roll-film cameras enabled everyday people to become competent 'snapshot photographers', and by the 1920s most families owned a camera. Amateur photographers created records of their lives, families and experiences. The production and sharing of these images has constituted a significant means by which Australians recorded and narrated their individual histories, family genealogies and social milieu.

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