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  • Adrian Luck collection no. 1(56)

    Group portrait of Australian soldiers in uniform with rifles in hand
    Australian Engineers, On Active Service 1917, Christmas and New Year Greeting Card
    Cairo - The Tombs of Mamelouks
    Australian Cavalry Parading in Cairo
  • E Milne collection(652)

    Aboriginal breastplate for Billy Hippie, King of Minnon
    Top grinding stone [stone implement]
    Aboriginal breastplate for Coomee, Last of Her Tribe, Murramarang
    Ground edge hatchet head [stone implement]
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Alluvial Mining. Heathcote
    Sepia photograph of a town in flood
    Group of eight men standing outside corrugated iron sheds
    Two men seated at a piano, advertising the Tivoli Theatre.
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Second Prize awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    Card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1886, Champion Prize
    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Envelope addressed to Mrs A. I. Maple Brown
    Invitation from Miss Faithfull for the marriage of her sister Frances Lilian to Mr W. H. Anderson, 16th February 1898.
    Handwritten recipe
    The Tourist.

    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.

  • Mervyn Meggitt collection(9)

    Shell ornament
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Duke Kahanamoku of Honolulu
    Black and white photograph of the Tasmanian Team at the Interstate Lacrosse Carnival, Melbourne, 1912
    Black and white autographed photographic postcard of Mary E, 1917
    Australia XIX Olympic Games Mexico 68 pennant
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from C. Allen., 1844
    Convict love token from Valentine Castings, 1838
    Convict love token engraved with the names H. Hale and Mary Eater, 1794
    Convict love token from J. Williams

    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.