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  • Saibai Island Dance Group collection(29)

    Red cedar and raffia paddle 'kaba'
    Adult's neck ornament 'katawza'
    Red cedar and raffia paddle 'kaba'
    Cassowary-feathered ankle cuff 'maka mak'
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Pool of London
    Syv Sostre Hilsen fra Ceiranger [depicts a waterfall]
    A child with cropped hair sitting in a metal cot bed with a doll and books.
    Wig made of horse hair

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    The ANZAC memorial and Lake of Reflection, Sydney, NSW
    Macquarie Street from Sydney Harbour showing the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW
    A peep at the goods will convince you that they are better than others
    Dr Barnardo's Handbell Ringers and Mr H. Aaron (instructor) now with Rev. W J. MAYERS in Australia
  • History of Netball - Margaret Pewtress collection(68)

    Interstate carnival 26th August 1968
    Victoria versus Tasmania 1 Sept 1964
    Western Australia versus Victoria 3 Sept 1964
    Victoria versus New South Wales 4 Sept 1964

    The History of Netball collection consists of material relating to the history of national and international level netball in Australia from the 1930s to the present day. The collection of thirty three objects has been formed through donations by seven separate donors representing different eras and roles in netball history.

    Sport has always been a large part of Australian life and Australians have always enjoyed success on the international sporting arena. Australian women in particular have consistently been high achievers in international sporting events and netball is one sport where this has been proven repeatedly. The sport evolved and developed in Commonwealth Countries in the early 1900s. In Australia this resulted in a unique local style and a strong Australian contribution to international rules and standards of play. Netball enjoys the third highest participant rate among all sports played in Australia, is the most popular women's sport and is enjoyed both in the country and the city.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Sandstorm approaching from beyond Lake Killalpaninna, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Glass plate negative - Fish-tail bark and dug-out canoes, Melville Island, Northern Territory, in the background, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1911
    Film negative - Typical porcupine grass country on Northern Territory boundary, Musgrave Ranges, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Film negative - Travelling through rough sandstone tablelands in the interior of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory,  photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Yarram Agricultural Society 78th Annual Show, 1960 for first prize for a jug cover
    Special award certificate given at the Hay Pastoral & Agricultural Association 94th Annual Show, 1966 for a cross stitch delphinium tray cloth
    Certificate awarded at the Merredin and District Agricultural Society Annual Show, 1959 for first prize for a calico apron
    Certificate awarded at the Captain Cook Bi-Centenary N.S.W Glouster Show for first prize for a tatted butterfly doily
  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Single sheet seating plan for a luncheon at Parliament House, Canberra to Senor M.E. Hubner, Chilean Charge D'Affaires, Wednesday 18th July, 1945
    Invitation 'To meet visiting members of the Empire Parliamentary Association of the United Kingdom and Canada', 1944

    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.

  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from J. Stoneham, 1823
    Convict love token from William Nicholson, January 14, 1818
    Convict love token from J.E.
    Convict love token from H. Flood., 1844

    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.