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  • Bureau of Mineral Resources collection no. 1(534)

    Dent Chronometer No 53862 in leather case
    DTMCIW magnetometer S/N 18
    Falconer No 4916 chronometer
    Sharpe brand Personal Torsion Magnetometer, Serial Number 142
  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Invitation 'To have the honour of meeting Her Excellency, the Viscountess Galway...', 1938
    Single sheet seating plan for a luncheon at Parliament House, Canberra to Senor M.E. Hubner, Chilean Charge D'Affaires, Wednesday 18th July, 1945

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Interstate wharves, Sydney
    Botanic Gardens, Sydney, N.S.W
    Rose Bay and Woollahra Point
    Listen in to 2GB Every Sunday at 9am
  • Lang Hancock collection(1)

    Lang Hancock's short-sleeved summer prospecting jacket

    The Lang Hancock collection comprises a white short-sleeved summer jacket worn while prospecting by Western Australian business man Langley Frederick George Hancock (1909-1992). Hancock was an Australian iron ore magnate, pastoralist and prospector from Western Australia who maintained a high profile in the spheres of business and politics. Famous initially for discovering Australia's largest iron ore deposit in 1952 in the Pilbara he became one of the richest men in Australia.

    Mining has played a vital role in the economic and social history of Australia, yet the extraction of iron ore has become significant only since the Second World War. After his discovery Hancock lobbied for a decade to get iron ore export ban lifted. In 1961 he was able to reveal his discovery and entered into a deal with mining giant Rio Tinto to develop the find. Under the terms of the deal, Rio Tinto set up and administered mines in the area, paying Hancock and his business partner annual royalties. The Pilbara has been at the centre of the recent mining boom and remains one of the most mineral rich regions in Australia.

  • Thompson Family collection(335)

    Notebook containing finances, salaries, household expenditure etc.
    Pocket-size diary of 1954 belonging to Edna Thompson, containing details of her daily activities while living in Japan
    Handwritten letter of congratulations from Dr Irene Crespin to Edna Thompson on her receipt of a British Empire Medal
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pen and ink drawing of a horse and two men
    Manuscript containing handwritten reminiscences by Hope Webb (nee Faithfull] of Springfield
    1938 Christmas card written by Lilian Faithfull Anderson
    William Percy Faithfull

    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(313)

    Convict love token from Elijah Swainson, 5th July, 1817
    Convict love token from Josh Smale, 1834
    Convict love token from John Fulcher, 1831
    Convict love token from James Hurtle [or Hartle], 1840

    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.

  • Robin Moorhouse collection(19)

    Cash book
    Accounts book

    The Robin Moorhouse Collection consists of a Penfolds Wines desk set, a visitor's book, and five accounting books relating to other properties (mainly the Dalwood winery, which was taken over by Penfolds).

    Winemaking began in Australia in the first half of the nineteenth century and has developed into a major Australian industry. Wine is a significant part of Australia's domestic market and is an important export earner. It has become established as part of Australia's cultural and social life. Penfolds is one of the oldest names in this industry, and its Grange Hermitage is perhaps the most famous name in Australian wine. The collection casts important light on the development of the Australian wine industry, Penfolds in particular but also the early Dalwood winery which holds a significant place in the Australian wine story. Further, the collection relates to Australian decorative arts, accounting practices of the nineteenth century, and celebrity lifestyles of the early twentieth century.