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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Normanhurst, the school houses
    The Hostel, Kameruka
    Five children, an older boy, and a man standing under a weeping willow tree on the banks of the Macquarie River at Bathurst
    Hold to light
  • Veda Hope collection(3)

    Silk cloth bearing a printed testimony of admiration to the Campbells for repelling an attack on Goimbla by bushrangers John Gilbert, Ben Hall, and John O'Meally (killed) on 19 November 1863
    Sympathy letter to Mr and Mrs Campbell after being attacked by bushrangers Ben Hall, John O'Meally and John Gilbert
    Coffee urn presented to Amelia Campbell after the 'Battle of Goimbla' in 1863

    The Veda Hope collection consists of an ornate pear-shaped, silver-plated, three-legged tea urn with domed lid and a small tap on a silver-plated drip tray. The urn is inscribed, Â?The ladies of Upper & Middle Adelong / present this token of esteem / To Mrs Campbell as an appreciation of her heroic conduct displayed during the attack at GOIMBLA by bushrangers on 19th Nov. 1863.". The collection also contains a stitched silk cloth bearing a testament to the CampbellÂ?s bravery and a letter of sympathy from the Â?inhabitants of ForbesÂ? to Mr and Mrs Campbell.

    The objects in this collection commemorate and bear witness to the bravery displayed by David Henry Campbell and his wife, Emelia, during an attack on their station, Goimbla, near Forbes, NSW, by bushrangers, John Gilbert, Ben Hall and John O�Meally. On 19 November 1863, the three bushrangers rode to Goimbla to give warning to Mr Campbell who had made no secret of his negative feelings toward bushrangers, and had previously participated in their pursuit. After being confronted by the men on the verandah, Campbell fired on the gang who then set fire to the barn and stables. Emelia fetched another gun and ammunition to assist her husband who sought cover outside and fired at the gang, killing O�Meally. The heroic efforts of the Campbells inspired the people of Forbes to raise £1,000 to compensate them for the loss of their property and livestock, and in recognition of the part played by Emelia in the death of O�Meally. The collection was presented to the NHC by Mr and Mrs Campbell�s granddaughters, Mrs V A Hope and Mrs R G Hanmer.

  • J B Young Ltd collection(228)

    International award to firm
    Printed letter from GRACE BROS. HOLDINGS LIMITED to the shareholders in J B Young Holdings Limited
    Telegram sent to J B Young Limited for the attention of J Colman
    Wages book
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Invitation from Miss Faithfull for the marriage of her sister Frances Lilian to Mr W. H. Anderson, 16th February 1898.
    A pencil sketch depicting a woman
    Irwin Maple-Brown with small moustache, wearing Australian Air Force uniform and beret. 1942
    The Woman's World 1888

    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(314)

    Convict love token from William Clark, 1839
    Convict love token from Richard Kedge, 1849
    Convict love token from John Campling, 1818
    Convict love token from C. Allen., 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.

  • Jack Heenan collection(25)

    Pair of silver-coloured metal cufflinks bearing the Holden lion logo
    Tape measure
    GMH Personnel Directory
    GMH General Motors-Holden's 25 Year Club 1977

    The Jack Heenan collection comprises memorabilia, artwork, clothing accessories and industry journals relating to the career of Jack Heenan who worked for General Motors Holden (GMH) from 1935 until his retirement in 1974. He began his career working in forecasting, but later transferred to the sales department. These objects were used by Mr Heenan in his daily working life.

    GMH has played an important role in the history of Australian motor transport. The early model Holdens (the FX and FJ) are among the most recognisable cultural artefacts of 1950s and 1960s Australia. Motoring memorabilia illustrates the passionate connection some people feel towards motoring and Holden cars. The creation of marketing symbols as functional and collectible items also demonstrates the nature of Holden's powerful marketing campaigns. This collection of objects also traces the evolution of Australia's motoring history, Holden's own sense of its history and connection to post-war development, and Holden's continuing prominence in the popular imagination.

  • Christies Auction collection(172)

    Pages 9 to 12 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Envelope for a copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally written by Ned Kelly
    Pages 29 to 32 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Pages 21 to 24 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
  • William and Jeanette Derham Family - Bendigo Pottery collection(417)

    Salt glazed brown ceramic demijohn with screw-threaded stopper [Adelaide Chemical & Fertiliser Company Ltd]
    Ginger Beer Barrel 3 Gallon
    Ceramic bread platter
    Ceramic jardiniere

    The William and Jeanette Derham family collection is the physical manifestation of Mr Derham's commitment to documenting the work of Bendigo Pottery, its wares and institutional history, as well as the association he and his family had with the business between 1968 and 1983. The collection consists of historic Bendigo Pottery ceramics from the 19th and 20th centuries which illustrate the diversity of wares produced between 1858 and 1971, as well as a comprehensive range of items manufactured during the Derham era. This material is supported by a unique collection of stamps and printing blocks used as part of the manufacturing and advertising processes as well as documentary materials, photographs and ephemera which illustrate working life at Bendigo Pottery.

    Since its establishment in 1858, Bendigo Pottery has played a significant role in the history of Australian ceramics, producing wares ranging from the domestic and decorative, to the utilitarian and industrial. The history of the business illustrates the process of technological transfer in the decorative arts, the adaptation of imported ceramic traditions to local markets and the development of distinctively Australian imagery, styles and pottery products. Bendigo Pottery has provided useful products and employment opportunities to the community for 150 years and on an aesthetic level ensured that the skills of the potter, which so easily could have been lost with the advent of mass production techniques, have been preserved for posterity.