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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Native Women Camel Drivers, South Aust.
    Moore Street
    George Str., Sydney
    A Native of West-Australia
  • Charles Hart collection(489)

    Mourning disc
    Model of bark canoe from Melville or Bathurst Island
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Gibson wedding party in front of Old Tirrana House
    Plate No. 16 from Carter's Floral Illustrations
    Lilian Faithfull, Ann Deane, William Pitt Faithfull, Ethel Faithfull (nee Joplin), Florence Faithfull
    Holster for a Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver

    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.

  • Daryl Blaxland collection(1)

    Black Devereux Bowly clock, brought to Australia by the Blaxland family in the early 1800's.

    The Daryl Blaxland collection comprises a black slate mantel clock with architectural case which belonged to pioneer John Blaxland (1769-1845), a mortise gauge associated with the family and a copy of Gregory Blaxland's Journal published in 1913. The pendulum clock features a fusee chain driven movement with an engraved brass back plate. The heavy slate casing has two carved figures on either side of the clock face. Engraved on the front of the clock is "Devereux / Bowly / London / 1718".

    John Blaxland was a captain in the Duke of York's Cavalry until he resigned to manage the family estates at Newington, Kent, in England. John and his brother Gregory came to New South Wales possibly on the recommendation of their friend Sir Joseph Banks. They were promised many 'indulgences' in the colony including land, free passages and convicts. Gregory arrived with his family in 1806. John stayed to sell their English estates and arrived on 3 April 1807. He had agreed to invest £6000 in the colony and arrived with his wife and children, household staff, supplies and equipment. The brothers shared close business interests in the colony but were considered difficult men by successive governors. John and Gregory Blaxland both contributed significantly to the life of colony. They encouraged the cattle industry and produced some of the earliest wine in the colony (possibly the first wine). John Blaxland was an early supporter of trial by jury in the colony.

    The clock and the mortise gauge in the Daryl Blaxland collection give an insight into the decorative and useful objects belonging to a wealthy pioneer. The journal documents the family's continuing pride in Gregory Blaxland's discovery.

  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 4(75)

    Painting depicts 8 lizards
    Bark painting 'The Fire Dreaming' by Mutitjpuy Mununjgurr, Yirrkala, 1967
    Bark painting 'Gubabingu mortuary ceremony' by Binyinyuwuy, Milingimbi, 1967
    Painting depicts a large shark & lizard
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Pleasant trip much love from mummy and Georgie
    Alex Henry, Draper & Clothier...Number One Drapery Warehouse, Turriff, March, 1929
    Chinese Government Radio Service radiogram
  • Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton collection no. 1(3)

    Dress worn by Lindy Chamberlain at the second inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain
    Dress worn by Lindy Chamberlain at the first inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain, 1980
    Dress worn by Lindy Chamberlain at Federal Court, 1983

    The Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton collection no. 1 contains items relating to events surrounding the death of Azaria Chamberlain. This includes items of clothing worn by Michael and Lindy Chamberlain, props from the film 'Evil Angels' and gifts sent to Lindy and other objects relating to her time in prison.

    The disappearance of Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain (11 June - 17 August 1980) has become one of the most infamous events in contemporary Australian history. The explanation of her disappearance, that she was prey to a dingo at Ayers Rock (now Uluru), was soon treated with suspicion by the general public. After two coronial inquests, Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murder and imprisoned for over three years, until mounting evidence forced a royal commission that ultimately resulted in the exoneration of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain by the Supreme Court of Darwin. The National Museum holds the largest public collection of material culture relating to the case.

  • Buku-Larrngay Arts collection no. 1(44)

    Turtle Hunt (3rd paint of series).
    Turtle Hunt Series (2 of 3).
    Miapunu ga guya (Turtle & Fish  Painting) 1 of 3.
    Clouds (painting of clouds design sacred to  Manggalili people).