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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Aboriginals, Albany WA, Entrance, Princess Royal Harbour, Albany WA, King River, Albany WA
    Belmore Bridge, during 1893 Flood
    Guerre 1914-1916, Ypes - La Rue au Beurre - Butter Street
    Trans-Australian Railway. King Moonlight
  • Matthew Flinders collection(4)

    Matthew Flinders' 'A Voyage to Terra Australis' (1814), Volume 1
    Stream anchor from Matthew Flinders' ship the 'Investigator'
    Terra Australis or Australia, the Parts Explored Bewteen 1798 and 1803 by Matthew Flinders
    Matthew Flinders' 'A Voyage to Terra Australis' (1814) , Volume 2

    The Matthew Flinders Collection comprises one copy of Matthew Flinders (1814, London) A Voyage to Terra Australia comprising two volumes of text plus an atlas. The text traces the coastal exploration of Australia to 1803 whilst the charts in the atlas represent the state of British knowledge of the Australian coastline in 1810-11. The text volumes and atlas were purchased from the collection of Kevin Crotty at an Australian Book Auctions auction.

    Matthew Flinders (1774-1814) was an accomplished navigator who served in Australian waters from 1795 to 1803, engaged mostly on coastal survey work. His most notable achievements were to demonstrate that Van Diemen's Land was not part of New South Wales and that New Holland and New south Wales were part of one continental mass. Flinders is generally acknowledged as the first to use the term 'Australia' to name that continent.

  • David Allen medals collection(111)

    Wilcannia P. A. & H. Society 1893 'Brood Mare With Foal at Foot'
    Coonamble P & A Association 'Best Hogskin Saddle'
    Port Phillip Farmers Society 1859 'Hay Cart'
    Aldinga Annual Ploughing Match 1853 'Best Man'
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Tourist.
    I've a feeling we're not alone
    School report

    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.

  • Jack Wherra collection no. 1(21)

    Engraved boab nut 'Attempt to Seduce a Wife' by Jack Wherra
    Engraved boab nut 'Capturing the Cattle Killers' by Jack Wherra
    Engraved boab nut 'Spearing Stockman' by Jack Wherra
    Engraved boab nut 'The Card Game' by Jack Wherra

    This collection consist of a series of 21 incised boab nuts by the Kimberley artist Jack Wherra (or Wheera). They were executed between 1964 and 1966 and record contact history stories.

    The nuts are a significant social record of cross-cultural interrelations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from the perspective of a known Aboriginal person. The range of topics as described in the titles include: Whiteman's Justice, Spearing A Stockman, Police Intervene After A Fight Over A Woman, Capturing The Cattle Killers, Illicit Drinking And Violence, The Card Game That Ended Badly and the anthropologist Records Rock Art. Jack Wherra's own story as an tribal man who found himself at the mercy of both white and black law after a tribal incident provides additional insights into the complexities of contact history.

  • Barry Williams collection(60)

    Scout's Leatherworker badge certificate
    Scout's National Service badge certificate
    Scout's Grong Grong Quarterly Competition certificate
    Scout's Pathfinder badge certificate

    The Barry Williams collection comprises 53 items of 1940s scout memorabilia, including awards and items of uniform from the Surry Hills scout troop, Sydney. Awards such as badges, cords, shoulder tabs and dated certificates are a complete material record of the donor's progress from scout to king's scout. The collection contains the full range of awards available to scouts in the 1940s, except for two awards.

    This collection records a scouting experience that is typically Australian. The 1940s marks a stage of great popularity for the Scouting movement when they were a very visible presence in Australia. The Surry Hills scout troop was disbanded in the 1990s, the demise of the group was probably caused by the changing demographic and social values, of the people living in Surry Hills. This collection is a record of a past urban scouting experience in Australia. It is also evocative of some of the social changes that have taken place in Australia, that have contributed to the decrease in popularity, of the scouting movement.

  • Chai Vang and Por Ye collection(12)

    Cardboard sign for coriander from a market garden stall
    Wooden arrow with cardboard fletching or fin
    Cardboard sign for leeks from a market garden stall
    Wooden arrow with cardboard fletching or fin

    The collection consists of one dibble (or digging stick), four cardboard signs, two knives, the head of a small hoe, a cross-bow and arrows used by Chai Vang and Por Ye, Hmong market gardeners in Tasmania. The metal objects were made in Thailand by Chai Vang's father, a traditional Hmong blacksmith, and the wooden items and cardboard signs were made by Chai in Hobart.

    Chai Vang and Por Ye arrived in Australia with their eight children as refugees from Laos in 1991. The family settled in Hobart, Tasmania within the small Hmong community that had established itself during the 1970s. In 2000 the family began to farm on several acres of land near Hobart and sell their produce at the Salamanca Markets. The Hmong market gardeners have become an important part of Tasmania's social, cultural and agricultural scene through their involvement with the Salamanca Markets and their willingness to share aspects of their traditional culture with the wider community.

  • People for Nuclear Disarmament collection no. 2(135)

    Vietnam Moratorium Withdrawal All Troops Now
    Vietnam Aid Appeal 1972

    Rectangular sticker 'THIS IS A NUCLEAR FREE ZONE'

    Export Fraser not Uranium