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  • Jim Bradman collection no. 1(133)

    'Gurindji Land Rights Now'
    Vesteys Suck Black Blood
    'Vesteys Suck Black Blood'
    Sticker 'Smash Vesteys Racism'
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Hotel Rex, Macleay St, Potts Point, NSW
    Beaconsfield Parade
    Panorama looking west, Albury, NSW
    S.S. Wyreema
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Souvenir printed cream sillk habotai scarf [William Beach - World Champion [rower?]
    Pencil sketch depicting two men with hounds, looking at a cottage
    Great Gardens of the Western World
    The Bridge, Camden

    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.

  • Lockhart River Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Centre collection(13)

    Waatyl grass basket (punya)
    Loya cane and pandanus coiled basket
    Woven oval pandanus and loya cane tray
    Palm leaf water container (akkul)
  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Invitation 'To have the honour of meeting Her Excellency, the Viscountess Galway...', 1938
    Album containing 97 menus, 20 seating plans and 47 photographs from Parliament House dining rooms...
    Menu for Luncheon on the 27th September 1945 at Parliament House, Canberra

    The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

    This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.

  • Meredith Hinchliffe collection no. 1(9)

    Freedom of Opportunity - International Women's Year 1975
    International Women's Year -  A Woman's Place is Everywhere
    Women's Liberation March on March 11

    The collection consists of a large number of items, including stickers, badges, posters and t-shirts, collected during the early 1970s relating to International Women's Year and Women's Electoral Lobby activities. The collection covers a fairly wide spectrum of organisations and activities associated with the women's movement in the early 1970s and shows links with other countries which had similar movements, including Canada and New Zealand.

    The women's liberation or feminist movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s differed from the 'first wave' feminists of the late nineteenth century, who mainly campaigned for women's suffrage and enhanced roles for women's domestic and familial roles. The later feminist movement involved a large and vociferous group of women who were determined to extend women's choices and rights, and who aimed to change women's social, economic and political roles. They demanded equality in employment, income and education, access to childcare and control over their own bodies through safe abortion and contraception. Various items in this collection symbolise the issues and concerns of the women's movement at this time, including badges on abortion and posters advertising women's liberation marches.

  • Bothwell Museum collection(192)

    Tintype portrait of a young child
    Tintype portrait of a young man
    Tintype portrait of a young man
    Factory made squared wooden clothes peg with metal band
  • 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.