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  • Emanuel Family collection(121)

    Emanuel Family photograph album of Go Go Station, about 1959-1963
    Silver medallion fom Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia presented to S Emanuel in 1906
    Silver Yass medallion presented to S Emanuel in 1878
    Silver medallion presented to S Emanuel to commemorate the visit of HRH Prince Alfred in 1868
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Cylindrical basket
    Weapon - Spear
    Weapon - Spear
    Cat Fish
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Gupupuyngu mortuary rites.
    Painting depicts hollow logs, flying foxes and human figures
    Bark painting depicts three black fish
    Bark painting depicting Macassans boiling down trepang by Mathaman Marika, Yirrkala, 1964
  • Daisy Bates and Herbert Browne collection(12)

    Symmetrical yellow-brown boomerang
    Symmetrical brown boomerang
    Spearthrower with wooden peg bound with resin and sinew
    Asymmetrical brown boomerang

    The Daisy Bates - Herbert Browne collection consists of twelve Indigenous objects which belonged to Herbert Browne. Browne acquired a collection of objects from Daisy Bates while she was living at Ooldea in the 1920s and 1930s. The collection is comprised of eight boomerangs, two spearthrowers, a shield with a painted and incised design and an adze with a stone flake mounted in resin. Four of the boomerangs are small and light, typical of so-called 'returning' boomerangs, the other four are larger and heavier, typical of the hunting and fighting boomerangs of inland regions. One of the spearthrowers is plain, the other incised and has pigment staining consistent with use as a palette.

    Daisy Bates and her relationship with Aboriginal people in Western Australia and at Ooldea are an important part of Australia's history of settler-Indigenous relations during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. These objects are significant for their link to the story of Bates and her sojourn in Ooldea. Their links to Herbert Browne also make them significant for understanding the history of the theatre in Australia during the early twentieth century, and the way in which theatre moved around the country. These objects are also significant for demonstrating the economics of material culture and artefact manufacture at Ooldea and the early development of Aboriginal arts and tourism industries in Australia.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    QSL card for VK5WG
    What you will see by Giving Burley a let up will make you smile
    Postcard featuring a photographic montage of a mother and daughter with an image of a soldier about them
    QSL card for VK4BB, Queensland, Australia
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Painting depicts two male figures
    'Yumari', painted by Uta Uta Tjangala, 1981
    'Flying Ant Dreaming', painted by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1976
  • Turner and Valentine Families collection(177)

    A group of happy children at Cowley House, the Mission home for children, situated at Cronulla
    Collins Pocket Diary for 1925 with daily entries by Ann Turner, containing details of Guides events
    Card in memoriam of Barbara Strachan Stool
    A black and white photograph  entitled
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Cricket team in uniforms on a pitch
    Jim Webb sitting at the wheel of a car with his wife Hope (nee Faithfull) standing beside him in the driveway
    Membership card for Mrs W.H. Faithfull Anderson to the Australian Polo Club
    Beeton's Book of Garden Management.

    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.