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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Mittagong Road, Bowral, 1908
    Postcard featuring a coloured print of a young woman in full army uniform, black stockings and holding a riding crop
    The Daily Telegraph, Printing
    Ocean Beach, Newcastle
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Australian Cricket team dressed in suits and photographed in a garden
    Last season of the East Melbourne Cricket ground, 1921
    Black and white photographic postcard of the Australian cricket team, 1912
    Length of chestnut coloured horse hair from the horse
  • Tony Hill collection no. 4(11)

    Letter by Charles Harris to his grand daughter Louese White
    Letter from Stephen White to his son George, 1860
    A folder for a letter
    An envelope
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting depicting a dilly bag fish trap made by the Wawilak sisters by Dawidi Djuwarak, Milingimbi, 1966
    Spirit People by Yirawala, Croker Island, 1965
    Painting depicts four water goannas, the sons of
    Gupupuyngu mortuary rites.
  • George W Barber collection(47)

    Discussion Poster No.47 - Good Taste -  October 31, 1949
    Discussion Poster No.15 - The Menace of Inflation -  August 9, 1948
    Discussion poster No.61 - Can we develop our empty north? - May 15, 1950
    Discussion Poster No.49, Choosing her Job, 28 November 1949

    This collection consists of forty-six colour paper wall posters and one A5 paperback booklet, 'This Changing World: An Atlas of Current Events - No. 1: The Pacific', issued by the Commonwealth Office of Education between 1948 and 1950. The heavily-illustrated posters present simplified viewpoints about world and national events and were designed for group discussion in schools, adult education organisations, community organisations and private enterprise. The booklet is a ready reference to post-war social, political, economic and geographic data on nations in the Asia-Pacific region and Antarctica. The objects were salvaged from the Maryborough Technical School, Victoria, which provided classes for ex-service personnel under the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme (1944-1950) as well as general vocational training.

    The Commonwealth Office of Education was created in 1945 under the Chifley Government as an agency of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction. The posters and booklet provide insight into a society undergoing profound change and embody official efforts to explain Australians' socio-economic and political position. Imaging an increasingly independent Australia forging a new role in the global and regional community, the collection documents the nation's industrial expansion and social restructuring at a time of full employment, a booming population and an increasingly sophisticated urban society. It also represents the Chifley Government's drive to stimulate post-war intellectual life and to reassert the concepts of democracy, egalitarianism and social justice. The posters additionally demonstrate contemporary ideas and techniques in pedagogy and graphic design.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Heather Henderson (nee Menzies) with her daughter Edwina
    Envelope containing documents relating to the Deane family
    Photographic portrait of Lord Kitchener
    Plate No. 11 in Carter's Floral Illustrations

    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.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    South East Wind
    Cat Fish
    Cylindrical fibre basket
    The Women, Miwal and Wanu-wanu
  • Professor Peter Spearritt collection no. 2(185)

    Opening of Parliament by Her Majesty The Queen in the Legislative Council Chamber, Adelaide, on Tuesday 23 March 1954
    Paul Keating caricature fridge magnet
    Commemorative book
    Welcome to our Royal Visitors

    The Professor Peter Spearritt collection No. 2 is divided into four categories; British Royal Family memorabilia, Australian Republic Movement material, T-shirts with Indigenous motifs and anti-logging material. The British Royal Family memorabilia category predominantly relates to Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 tour of Australia. The items were specifically collected by the vendor for the 1993 exhibition entitled Australians and the Monarchy. The Australian Republic Movement material was also featured in this exhibition. The Indigenous motifs T-shirts and the anti-logging material were collected for the 1992 exhibition Lie of the Land. Both exhibitions were jointly created by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Spearritt was the head curator of both exhibitions.