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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    General view, Tenterfield, NSW
    Arrival of Part of Wirth's Circus at Ipswich
    Mt Gambier from Watson's Drive, SA
    Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, N.S.W
  • Behind the Lines 2008 collection(32)

    Hysterical Penguins
    Keeping the little lady off my back
    Costello memoirs

    The Behind the Lines 2008 collection consists of 35 political cartoons collected for Behind the Lines 2008 political cartooning exhibition. There are 47 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Cathy Wilcox, Jon Kudelka, David Rowe, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward O'Neill.

    The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 2008. Major topics addressed within the collection include issues such as Kevin Rudd's first year as Prime Minister of Australia, National Sorry day, The Liberal party leadership showdown between Brendan Nelson and Malcolm Turnbull, the climate change debate and the word financial crisis. Taken together the collection provides a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2008 and demonstrates the quality of Australian political cartooning and illustration.

  • Australia Post Historical collection(120)

    Poster titled 'Post Office communication services are vital to the development of Australian industries'
    Rectangular enamelled metal sign
    Poster titled 'The Australian Post Office still pioneers new and dependable methods of communication'
    New South Wales Postal Service red painted metal pillar box with an arched top

    This collection consists of 87 items from the New South Wales historical section of Australia Post. The items range from furnishings that were used for the opening of the Sydney GPO in 1874 to telephones, signs, posters, and postal boxes. The material covers a period of over one hundred years of postal service in Australia.

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

    Woven pandanus leaf headband
    Palm leaf water container (akkul)
    Waatyl grass basket (punya)
    Pandanus and loya cane coil basket
  • Andrzej Jedrzejowski collection(37)

    Certificate of Registration for A. Jedrzejowski
    Certificate written in Polish and English permitting A Jedrzejowski one day's leave from Italy
  • Lew Parlette collection no. 2(11)

    Elongate oval red pigmented wooden shield [Lyurulyuru Dreaming], painted by Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa, 1972
    Man Dreaming (dingari), painted by Anatjarri Tjakamarra, 1972
    Elongate oval red pigmented wooden shield '[Old Man Dreaming]', painted by Uta Uta Tjangala, 1972
    Chisel, made by Paddy Tjangala, 1972
  • Pennington Migrant Centre collection(41)

    A kindergarten set of building blocks
    Electric radiator

    Single bed

    White ceramic dessert bowl with 'CACS' in the centre

    This collection of memorabilia from the Finsbury (Pennington) Migrant Centre was obtained when the hostel closed in November 1985. The collection contains forty-one items of furniture Â? a kitchen chair, three tables, two divans, four chests of drawers, four single beds, two stretcher beds, one wooden cot, springboard, garden rocker, trolley, two electric radiators, three mattresses, crockery, cutlery, single and double bedspreads and sheets, mattress cover, towel, floor mat, stainless steel dessert, kindergarten table, chair and set of building blocks, white ceramic soup bowl, dinner plate and dessert bowl with the letters 'CACS' logo (for Commonwealth Accommodation and Catering Services) in the centre of each.

    By late 1944, the Australian Government had begun negotiations with Britain for assisted immigration programs in response to the "Populate or Perish" policy propounded by the Curtin Government before the end of World War II. Because insufficient Britons took up the opportunity, Australia opened its doors to more migrants from war-devastated Europe. Thousands of these immigrants were housed in migrant hostels, which offered temporary accommodation in which they could stay for up to five years. Finsbury Hostel, located in the Adelaide suburb of Pennington, was originally established in 1942 as an army camp and converted to migrant accommodation in 1950. It consisted of a series of dormitories of converted Nissen huts, which were divided into apartments furnished with beds, chairs and wardrobes. Communal dining, laundry and recreational facilities were provided. Many notable Australians passed through Pennington Migrant Centre, among them, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who spent several weeks there after immigrating with her family to Australia in 1966 at the age of four.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Presented by The Australian Red Cross Council in recogntion of Twenty Years' Loyal Service
    Doronicum Grandiflorum
    Envelope printed with Tuck's Post Cards, The Most Welcome, Artistic and Up-to-Date ...
    Pencil sketch depicting two men with hounds, looking at a cottage

    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.