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  • Keith Goddard collection(252)

    Kimberley point
    Message stick
    Kimberley point
  • Olive Pink collection(77)

    Pigmented oval shield
    Head ornament
    Pigmented oval shield
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Postcard of Edward Henty
    May Gibbs - Washing Day
    The track to Mt Donna Buang, Warburton, Vic
    Honour the War Chests
  • Edmund Dicks collection(4)

    Plaster cast of bust of Oliver Nilsen, former radio broadcaster, electrical engineer, and Lord Mayor of Melbourne by Edmund Joel Dicks
    Plaster bust ofTruganini by Edmund Joel Dicks
    Plaster plaque of William Lanney [King Bill]
    Plaster plaque of Truganini

    The Edmund Dicks Collection comprises a plaster bust of Truganini (1812- 1876), two plaster low relief sculptures in a wood frame of Truganini and William Lanney (1834-1869), and a plaster bust, Oliver J Nilsen CBE (1884-1977). The sculptures are excellent examples of veristic art associated with portrait sculpture produced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. They were created by the donor's father Edmund J Dicks, in the 1930s and 1940s. Truganini and William Lanney lived in Tasmania in the colonial era where they associated closely with the white settlers. They both actively worked for the advancement of the Indigenous people in Tasmania and were erroneously considered the last man and woman of their race. This collection would help fill a significant gap in the National Historical Collection for exhibition material pertaining to the Aboriginal people of Tasmania, and their history.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Dinner menu from R.M.S. Niagara with the autographs of the 1913 Australian Cricket team
    Snapshots of the tour of the Fifteenth Australian Eleven in England and South Africa, Season 1921
    E.R. Mayne wearing a white suit, carrying binoculars and smoking a cigar
    Hand signed letter from Don Bradman to Edgar R. Mayne inquiring about the possible sale of Mayne's sports store in Melbourne, 1931
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Fall of the West Lyn
    Florence Faithfull
    Primula Auricula

    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.

  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token dated December 1830
    Convict love token from T.C., 17th July 1787
    Convict love token from Mary Ann Whitlock, 1831
    Convict love token from George Corney, 1831

    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.

  • Tony Hill collection no. 4(11)

    Letter to Julia White
    An envelope
    A folder for a letter
    Letter from Stephen White to his son George, 1860