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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Spillway, Maroondah Lake, Healesville
    The Dinner Music Quartet which entertains 2FC and 2BL listeners
    Postcard depicting William S. Hart of Paramount-Artcraft Pictures
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Cardboard fragment of a book cover
    Lady Dilke (nee Pearl Faithfull) and Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke
    A man and a woman on a park bench with a cow in the background.
    Kath Bryden

    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.

  • The Christensen Fund collection no. 1(67)

    Native tombs and modes of disposing of their dead
    Vue de la Cote Orientale de l'Ile Schouten
    The Kuri dance; The Palti dance
  • Elizabeth Kay collection no. 2(19)

    Sepia photograph the Coolgardie Farm and Dairy Produce Action Auction Mart
    Invitation Mr C B Kay to attend a garden party at Government House, Canberra, in 1936
    Dance card from the Seventh Annual Ball of the Commonwealth Forestry Bureau in 1933
    Dance card from the Eighth Annual Ball of the Commonwealth Forestry Bureau, 1934

    The Elizabeth Kay Collection consists primarily of early Canberra tourist ephemera, dance cards and invitations for Canberra events during the 1930s, and a variety of other items dating from the 1920s and 1930s related to aviation, Boy Scouts, Commonwealth Railways and anthropological research. The material relates to Kay, her family and their interests.

    Mrs Kay (nee Moss) moved to Canberra in 1926, after completing her education in Melbourne, joining her father Mr HP Moss who had been working in the position of Chief Electrical Engineer in Canberra since 1912. The objects relating to aviation, the Commonwealth Railways and anthropological research came into Mrs Kay's possession through her father, who collected Aboriginal artefacts from a number of sites in the Canberra area. A program from the 1934 Australian Scout Jamboree Sunday service was given to Kay's brother, John Maxwell Moss, who attended the event. Kay's aunt, Hilda Maxwell (later Lyall) and eldest brother, James Maxwell Moss, are pirctured among the crowd watching Harry Hawker flying over Caulfield Racecourse in 1914. The invitations and dance cards for balls held at Old Parliament House and at the Forestry Commission during 1933, 1934 and 1936, relate directly to Mrs Kay and her husband, Cecil Kay, dating from before their marriage with 'Miss Elizabeth Moss' favoured for numerous dances on Mr Kay's dance cards. The Canberra tourist ephemera belonged to Cecil Kay and were likely purchased in 1932. The open letter written to Prince Edward of Wales on his Royal Tour in 1920 expressing the importance of patriotism towards the British Empire was given to Mrs Kay at her primary school in Melbourne.

  • Jack Thompson collection(1)

    Australian Film Institute Award, 1980, to Jack Thompson for his role of leading actor in the film Breaker Morant

    The Jack Thompson Collection comprises the 'Best Actor in a Lead Role' Award presented to Jack Thompson by the Australian Film Institute in 1980 for his portrayal of Major J F Thomas in the Boer War drama Breaker Morant.

    Jack Thompson has appeared in many feature films made in both Australia and the United States of America since making his film debut in 1968. This work has earned him many awards including a Best Supporting Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the 1980 Australian Film Institute Best Actor Award, both for his Major J F Thomas role. Jack Thompson's rise to film stardom paralleled the revival of the Australian film industry through the late-1970s and 1980s.

  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    Scrapbook with a green hardcover containing newspaper clippings, telegrams and some photographs from 1915-1958 documenting the motoring life of Jack Burton
    Gold medal from the Royal Agricultural Society of N.S.W. Royal Easter Show Sydney 1929
    GRANVILLE SHOW. 1942, red felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text
    Invitation addressed to Mr and Mrs Burton for the wedding of Elizabeth Duffield and Howard Dossor, 1958
  • Hazel Hooton and Elizabeth Gibson collection(34)

    Card with inscribed message
    Telegram from Alice Smith Caulfield Hospital

    Ladies cream silk bed jacket

    Card with white silk ribbon from Elsie

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Untitled work on paper, Yirrkala, 1948
    Weapon - Spear
    Wooden spear with metal blade
    The Moon, Jumauria