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  • Inada Holdings 11/12/1985 collection(1)

    Bark painting 'Bartji (Jungle yams)' by Jack Wunuwun, Gamardi, about 1985
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Railway line passing through a small town.  Christmas joy be thine
    Greetings from Australia
    A Beautiful Home in the Mountains, Mount Lofty, SA
    Public School and Residence, Laggan
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    School report
    Pencil sketch depicting an elm tree
    Jessie and Phyllis Harris standing on gravel path in a garden setting
    Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver

    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.

  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Percival `Gull' pamphlet
    Letter to Mons. F. Rouge from Jean V. Augsburger
    Envelope for Gypsy engine warranty
    Account from the Hotel George V, Paris, 13 September 1936

    The Neil Jensen collection consists of a Percival Gull Six aircraft, G-AERD, and associated archive. Made by the Percival Aircraft Company at Gravesend in Kent, England, in 1936, this aircraft was first purchased by Ariane Dufaux of Switzerland and registered as HB-OFU. After passing through several owners in Switzerland, the aircraft was sold to a collector and restored by Cliff Lovell in England where it was featured on the air show circuit and registered as G-AERD. Neil Jensen purchased G-AERD in 1983, and while it was based in Redhill, Surrey it was awarded the Percival Trophy by the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group.

    Born in Albury, New South Wales, in 1897, Edgar Wikner Percival served in Europe and Egypt with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Returning to Australia after the war, Percival operated a commercial aviation business while pursuing opportunities to design and manufacture new types of aircraft. In 1929, he travelled to England to work as a test pilot for the Bristol Aircraft Company, and in 1930 designed and manufactured the first low-wing cantilever monoplanes in the British Commonwealth. Percival formed the Percival Aircraft Company in 1932 and named the new aircraft series 'Gull'. Characterised by their graceful lines, the Gulls had light wooden frames covered with doped (lacquered) fabric and powerful four or six cylinder engines. Percival's Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, with Percival designing racing versions named 'Mew Gulls', which won acclaim in the Kings Cup Air Race.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Bark painting 'Female Namurrordo, Malicious Spirit of the Stone Country' by Charlie Najombolmi, Balawurru
    Mururruma's Spirit Seen after Death.
    The  Wawilag Spirits of Marwiyu - A Mandalbui Dreaming.
    Painting depicts an abstract design that recalls the facial decoration for an ancient Pukamini ritual
  • William Beausang collection(24)

    Photograph album containing historic aviation photographs
    Story of the Southern Cross Transpacific Flight 1928
    The Sky's the Limit by J.M. Spaight
    Painting of The Southern Cross by John Allcot

    The collection consists of approximately 140 items relating to Australian aviation, war service, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The items were collected by Mr William Beausang during his life and formed part of his wife's estate. The collection includes a painting of the Southern Cross by John Allcot, photographs of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, early aviators and planes, signed photographs of concert musicians and conductors, newspaper articles, miniatures of Beausang's World War One medals, a strip map and several books.

    William (Bill or Liam) Beausang was born in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland on 22 May 1900. He travelled to Australia in 1924 after distinguished military service and began working with Kingsford-Smith as an engineer in the late 1920s. The large amount of aviation-related material in the collection reveals Beausang's engagement with the celebrity, memorialisation and commemoration of Kingsford Smith and other aviators, with Beausang's own contribution in the form of articles and photographs a significant part of the collection. The material related to the ABC and Sydney Symphony Orchestra also highlights the place of classical music in wartime Australia and the cultural importance of visits by celebrated musicians to Australia in the 1940s and 1950s.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Opossum tree story.
    Painting depicts
    Painting depicts butterflies and human heads
    Oval basket
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from Henry King, 1831
    Convict love token from 1829
    Convict love token from E. Haddon
    Convict love token for Mary Gibbs, 1787

    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.