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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    The Armless Artist
    Sepia photograph of horsedrawn boat float
    Blue Lake Drive, Mt Gambier, SA
    Macquarie Street from Sydney Harbour showing the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Envelope addressed to Mrs A. I. Maple Brown
    School report
    Envelope addressed to Marian Isabelle Wilcocks
    School report

    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.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting depicting a ceremonial trepang (beche de mer) and features suckerfish, stingrays and sharks by Birrikidji Gumana, Yirrkala, 1966
    Opossum tree story.
    Liyagalawumirri  mortuary rites.
  • Y Pettinato collection(42)

    Bark painting 'Emu Dance' by Tom Djawa, Milingimbi
    Dances from Manarrngu  Hollow Log Ceremony.
    Bark painting 'Waterhole Life' by David Malangi, Milingimbi
    Bark painting Freshwater Turtles and Grass Snakes by Djikululu
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from W. Clements, 1827
    Convict love token from J.J. or T.T. 1832
    Convict love token from John Turner, 1838
    Convict love token from William Franklin, June 23, 1819

    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.

  • Bob Brown collection no. 1(161)

    Bob Brown rafting down rapids on the Franklin River.
    Rally For The Rivers
    Note with jumper depicting the wild rivers logo by the Tasmanian Wilderness Society.

    This collection of approximately 3000 items consists of ephemera, documents and personal artefacts relates to the life and work of Senator (Bob) Robert James Brown, one of Australia's most prominent conservationists and environmental activists. The collection is particularly strong in relation to ephemera from the 'Save the Franklin' campaign of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but also includes some pro-dam ephemera that shows the opposition's point of view. Material from the earlier 'Save Lake Pedder' campaign is also well represented.

    Dr Bob Brown, a medical doctor, rose to prominence in the late 1970s after taking on the directorship of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society (TWS) and becoming one of Australia's most outspoken and high profile opponents of the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Commission's plans to flood the Gordon and Franklin Rivers in Tasmania's largely untamed southwest. Building on the impetus of earlier campaigns against the flooding of Lake Pedder, the TWS was spectacularly successful in galvanising national public opinion against the Gordon and Franklin dam proposal. This reached its zenith with the 'No Dams' campaign that commenced in 1981 and culminated in the July 1983 decision by the High Court of Australia against the construction of the dam. This decision also had broader political and constitutional ramifications because it was seen by some as an undermining of state rights, while others saw it as a milestone in national conservation awareness that underscored the power of environmental issues in national politics.

    As a result of his very public efforts to preserve Australia's natural heritage Dr Bob Brown was made Australian of the Year in 1983, and received the UNEP Global 500 Award 1987, and the Goldman Environmental Prize USA 1990. He was elected as an independent to the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 1983 and has served as a federal senator for the Australian Greens since 1996.

  • Andrzej Jedrzejowski collection(37)

    Contract with the Army written in Polish on green paper, titled 'Army Form Number B271a'
  • Maningrida Arts and Crafts 02/09/1974 collection(32)

    Painting depicts the hollow log gongs used in the gong ceremony and
    Painting depicts a fresh water crocodile
    Painting depicts
    Painting depicts the hollow logs used in the gong ceremony and