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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Hospital Buildings, Brisbane Q.
    Road leading to a town
    St Thomas's, Enfield
    Matrosen Division of the Kaiserliche Marine [Imperial German Navy], 1914.
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Envelope addressed to Mrs A. I. Maple Brown
    Dr W P & G Faithfull in account balance sheet with George Faithfull Cr
    Invitation addressed to Miss Faithfull from the Governor and Lady Carrington.
    Brass drafting instrument and accompanying wooden case

    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.

  • Marisol Martinreyes collection(2)

    Mail Ticket certifying Charles Rasp and Thomas Lowe partnership in share of Broken Hill Mining Company bought from Samuel Hawkins, 1885
    Agreement dated 25th May 1885 between Samuel Hawkins and Charles Rasp regarding share in Broken Hill Silver Mining Company

    The Marisol Martinreyes collection consists of an agreement between Charles Rasp and Samuel Hawkins for the purchase of a share in the Broken Hill Silver Mining Company, dated 25 May 1885 and a document, 'Mail Ticket', stating that Charles Rasp and Thomas Low were equal partners in a share bought from Samuel Hawkins, witnessed by William Jamieson, dated 27 April 1885.

    The collection relates to one of Australia's traditional economic staples, mining, and how this industry promoted regional settlement. The material exemplifies the intense fluctuations and manoeuvring which characterised early history of the Broken Hill Proprietary Co. The men in the documents were significant players in the establishment of this company, its success and consequently the development of the town, so much so that Charles Rasp, who both document relate to, is often credited as the founder of Broken Hill.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Nell Basedow walking toward house, Yalata station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Film negative - Wet-weather hut of the unmarried men, headwaters of Liverpool River, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Film negative - Granite hill, Moorilyanna soakage, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
  • Tony Hill collection no. 4(11)

    Letter from Stephen White to his sons, 1862
    Letter from Stephen White to his son George, 1860
    Letter to Julia White
    A folder for a letter
  • AR Browning collection(1)

    Oil painting of an Aboriginal man and woman of the Goulburn area, 1854
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 4(75)

    Bark painting 'Gubabingu mortuary ceremony' by Binyinyuwuy, Milingimbi, 1967
    Bark painting 'The Wagilag Story' by Dawidi Djulwadak, Milingimbi, 1967
    Bark painting depicting a goanna, a tree and a drum, by Libunja, Milingimbi, 1967
    Bark painting 'The Eagle Hawk Men, Garagan and Gulmadja, and the Flying Fox Girls' by Mungurrawuy Yunapingu, Yirrkala, 1967
  • C Warren Bonython collection(5)

    Yacca walking-stick
    Green, blue and pink camel soft toy mascot from the drawbar of the Comalco Camel

    Pair of faded beige suede desert boots

    Water and supply cart known as 'The Comalco Camel' which Warren Bonython and Charles McCubbin pulled across the Simpson Desert in 1973

    This collection consists of a range of objects used by C Warren Bonython on his pioneering arid zone bushwalks in South Australia and the Northern Territory in the years following the Second Warld War. The collection objects include the 'Comalco Camel' water and supply cart, desert boots, Paddy Pallin rucksack and 'Yacca' walking stick.

    Pioneering long-distance bushwalker, Charles Warren Bonython (1916 - 2012), was well known for his contributions to nature conservation in Australia and his pioneering bushwalking expeditions in the Australian arid zone. His most famous expedition was the 1973 walk across the Simpson Desert, during which he and expedition partner Charles McCubbin pulled the specially built Comalco Camel supply cart, which carried all of their water and food. This and other exploits earned Bonython the John Lewis Gold Medal for Exploration from the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia in 1984, and the award of Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 1990. His support of conservation and membership of many Not-for-Profit and government advisory committees on natural heritage conservation, along with his expeditions and publications, earned him the Order of Australia in 1980. The Comalco Camel water and supply cart and associated bushwalking equipment were used in the famous walk across the Simpson Desert, documented in his book Walking the Simpson Desert (1980, Rigby, Adelaide).