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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 6(9)

    You love them - Fight for them!
    Double-sided poster titled 'Why we Must Win The War', illustrated by Norman Lindsay, 1918
    Don't Falter, Go and meet the Hun menace
    Australia - Land of Tomorrow

    This collection consists of 10 Australian advertising posters. Artists represented include Percy Trompf, James Northfield, Norman Lindsay and May Gibbs. The majority of the posters were produced as lithographs.

    The poster as a form of advertising was popular in Australian throughout the twentieth century, particularly before the age of radio and television. The posters in this particular collection document a number of different types of advertising campaigns including war time recruitment, public health and safety, product endorsement and railway travel.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    The bridge over Mitchell River, Bairnsdale, Vic
    Kogarah Public School
    General view, Byron Bay
    Barren Jack before work started
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    School report
    The Tourist.
    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.

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

    Bark painting 'The Bremer Island Turtle Man' by Mawalan Marika, Yirrkala, 1967
    Painting is divided into 8 sections with 4 birds & 4 lizards
    Bark painting 'Wagilag Ritual' by Dawidi Djulwadak, Milingimbi, 1967
    Painting depicting a pair of black frogs
  • Nettie McColive collection(189)


    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Peter Read collection(3)

    Original Sorry badge and card produced by Link-Up

    LINK-UP (NSW) ABORIGINAL CORPORATION pass card for Peter Read, Public Officer

    The Stolen Generations: the removal of Aboriginal children in NSW 1883 to 1969

    The collection compirses the booklet 'The Stolen Generations; the Removal of Aboriginal Children in NSW 1883 to 1969' written by Read and printed by the NSW Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, a black metallic badge in the shape of Australia with 'Sorry' inscribed on it, the card that the badge was originally pinned to, and a laminated pass 'Link-Up NSW Aboriginal Corporation Peter Read Public Officer'. All the items are in good condition.

    The work of the historian Peter Read (b 1945) was a crucial element in the understanding of the nation-wide practice of the removal of children of mixed descent from Aboriginal families and communities. It was he who connected stated government policies with the hundreds of instances of removal of children from NSW communities. Further research found the same processes at work in all states and territories. Stated government policies and formal and informal policies of other institutions such as churches aimed to remove children of mixed descent from their communities and to raise them as 'whites'. The intention was that they assimilate fully into the 'white' community and not return to their Indigenous one. This process has had an enormous effect on the Indigenous community, creating both social disruption and personal grief. The title of this booklet is the first usage of the term 'stolen generations' - a term used in Prime Minister Rudd's Apology speech in February 2008.

  • Papuan Official collection(1043)

    Carved wallaby
    Carved human figure
    Carved pig
    Woven bag
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Lipoma on right shoulder of a man called Raueruka, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Man holding north-western type of spearthrower and wearing pubic fur tassel, Wadaman people, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Glass plate negative - Expedition buggy on bed of Todd River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920