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  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Small, off-white calling card, with
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887, First Prize
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    The coast at Fisherman's Beach, Mornington, Vic
    Robbery Under Arms, No. 5
    The Upper Falls, Queanbeyan River
    Postcard featuring a printed pen and ink drawing
  • I Dowdle collection(8)

    Document about the conviction and incarceration of convict Josiah Halton
    Permission for convict Edward Evans to pass from Launceston to Campbell Town Police Office
    First leaf of Record of Sessions House, Old Bailey
    Record of Sessions House, Old Bailey
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Clovelly, High Street
    Envelope addressed to W P Faithfull, Goulburn
    Six female figures seated on a log, with two dogs - Sunday morning / at the Rocks
    Inserts from The Illustrated London News for May 10 1856

    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.

  • George Henry Taylor collection(175)

    Bench axe and blade cover associated with George Taylor

    Wood carving tool

    Firmer chisel

    Stanley roofing square

  • People's Paraphernalia collection no. 8(6)

    War Relief fundraising certificate issued to May Knowles in 1944
    Invitation from the Government of Victoria to Mr Bolton and Lady to attend the Royal Review at Flemington on 10 May 1901
    Invitation to the Returning Officer for Williamstown, Mr F.H. Bolton & Lady, in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Thursday 9th May 1901, to witness the Opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth
    Invitation to a Conversazione at Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 1901
  • A Perrett collection(1)

    Boomerang with pokerwork image of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, made by A Perrett, La Perouse, Sydney, 1934

    The collection consists of a wooden boomerang decorated with pokerwork and pigment. The design depicts Sydney Harbour Bridge in the arch with green water below, flanked by native flora and fauna. An inscription on the reverse reads 'A. Perrett, maker, La Perouse, NSW, 1934'. It measures 535mm by 175mm.

    This boomerang made at La Perouse in 1934 by 'A Perrett' is decorated with pokerwork characteristic of the style of souvenir curios that were produced at La Perouse during this period. When the tramline from Sydney to La Perouse opened in 1902, visitors wanting to see the historic, ethnographic and natural sights of the area began to arrive and a market for locally produced Aboriginal objects was established. Soon the tourist trade became one of the primary sources of income for Aboriginal people. Through this means the community at La Perouse, despite its proximity to Sydney, not only maintained its own unique cultural practices but developed those practices in response to, and in tandem with, the city growing up around it.

  • Eric J Treloar collection(56)

    Crick - Australian Bleriot pupil, Treloar - Australian Bleriot extended course pupil, Cooper - Bleriot pupil Australian, and Stutt - Bristol Instructor Australian
    Employment reference for W H Treloar from McDonald's Motor Works and Garage, Hamilton
    Training agreement between W H Treloar and The British and Colonial Aeroplane Company Limited, 1914
    Photograph of Bob Hart in De Soutter aircraft VH-UPR of Victorian Interstate Airways

    The collection consists of 56 items related to the career and interests of William Harold Treloar, including photographs, magazines, newspaper clippings, documents and a cartoon by Tom Shield. The material was donated his son Eric J Treloar, and is drawn from Harold Treloar's employment and flight training before the First World War, and his commercial flying activities in Australia after the war.

    Born in Hamilton, Victoria in 1889, Harold Treloar was employed as a driver for Young Bros Auctioneers in Horsham from 1908, and then a motor mechanic and driver at McDonaldÂ?s Garage in Hamilton from 1911. During 1912-13, Treloar was employed as a mechanic and driver at the Ballarat Motor Works. Treloar developed an interest in aviation and travelled to England where he was accepted as a pupil at the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company Limited in June 1914 for training in piloting and maintenance of aircraft. Treloar continued his training at the Point Cook aviation school after enlisting with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in 1914, and began service with the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) in 1915. Treloar was one of the first members of the AFC to enter war service as part of the Â?Half FlightÂ? sent to assist the Indian Government against Turkish forces in April 1915. In August 1915, Treloar was reported missing and then confirmed a prisoner of war, remaining in captivity until November 1918. After returning to Australia, Treloar explored a number of commercial aviation interests, entering aerial races and offering joy flights during tours of Victoria and parts of New South Wales. He was employed as an aviation officer for the British Imperial Oil Company Ltd in Adelaide, a subsidiary of the Shell Transport and Trading Company (becoming the Shell Company of Australia Ltd in 1927), from 1920 to 1940.