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  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Week old baby sleeping in a wooden container, Innamincka station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Glass plate negative of containers collected by Herbert Basedow at Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, in 1911, photographed by Herbert Basedow between 1911 and 1914
    Film negative - Attack Island, Glenelg River, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Queens Wharf, Melbourne, in the 'Fifties'
    Farm Cove from Botanical Gardens, Sydney, NSW
    Greetings from Townsville
    Australia, Healesville via Melbourne
  • Australians for Constitutional Monarchy collection(20)

    Sticker titled 'Vote No to the Politicians' Republic'
    When Republicans see this...[Australian Flag] They think of England. We think of Australia...
    Vote No to the Politican's Republic
    Vote No to the Politican's Republic

    This collection consists of a variety of material used to promote the 'No' campaign for the Republic Referendum in 1999. Objects recommended for accession into the National Historical Collection include a t-shirt, placards, posters and stickers.

    The material represents one of the major political debates in recent times, when Australians were asked to vote on the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia as a republic and replace the Queen and Governor-General with a President.

  • Parsons collection(280)

    Two photograph albums of sepia and black-and-white photographs
    View of the Griffith shops, ACT, from 70 Stuart Street.
    A woman standing at the corner of a partially completed brick house
    A woman seated on the foundations of a partially completed brick house

    The Parsons Collection consists of a wide range of material relating to John Parsons' Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) career during World War II, his 1941 marriage to Sylvia Johnson and their early postwar life. The collection includes his uniforms and kitbag; items thought to have been souvenired from the 1940 Canberra air crash; and photographs connected with his operational tours to New Guinea in 1942-3 and to Borneo in 1945. The Parsons' wartime wedding is represented by Sylvia's wedding dress, cake decorations and other accessories, a teapot and two framed wedding photographs. Their early postwar life is illustrated by photographs and documents relating to their building and purchase of a war service home in Canberra.

    Through its rich range of objects, photographs and documents, this collection illustrates how two young Australians experienced the Second World War: one ground crew in the RAAF and the other a working war bride. Its significance rests in its range and complexity.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Folder belonging to George Faithfull
    Florence Faithfull in profile seated on a rocking chair.
    John Wilkey with white beard.

    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.

  • Erin Craig collection(2)

    Disembarkation tag worn by Erin Craig when arriving in San Francisco on the SS 'Lurline' in 1946
    Stuffed toy pig prize won by Erin Craig for having the reddest hair of children aboard SS Lurline, 1946

    The Erin Craig Collection consists of a red and white spotted cotton toy pig missing its tail and right ear. The toy pig belonged to Erin Craig the daughter of Australian war bride Iris Adams and James (Jim) Craig who was a Master Sergeant in the US Army during World War Two. Erin received the pig as a prize during her and her mother's voyage to the U.S. to meet her father in 1946. The collection also contains a debarkation tag which Erin wore on her arrival in San Fransisco in 1946.

    Between 1942 and 1946 almost 1 million US servicemen were stationed in or visited Australia, although there was never over 200 000 at any one time. The social impact of the temporary migration in certain places, such as Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and some regional areas, was massive. US troops were initially seen as the saviours of Australia and the Australian public was encouraged to open their hearts to troops stationed or on leave in Australia. One consequence of this influx of American servicemen was that personal and romantic relationships were formed. In total around 12 000 - 15 000 Australian women married American GIs with about 10 000 leaving Australia for America.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Carved emu egg by Sam Kirby
    Bark painting of two figures relating to the Maraian ceremony by Billy Yirawala
    Young Girls by Wally Mandarrk
    Dance hat with string and emu feathers at the top

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • Ronald L Gale Masonic collection no. 2(21)

    Red and gold empire line evening ensemble
    Green A-line evening dress
    Red evening ensemble

    Ngaire Gale, Wahroonga