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  • Ken Ross collection(20)

    Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1930 - 13th place medal
    C.C.L.B.C. 20 Mile Road Championship NSW 1919 sash
    Bathurst to Sydney 1927 - Fastest time sash
    1/4 Mile Australasian Championship 1926 - 2nd place medal

    The Ken Ross collection comprises 11 medals, 9 sashes and 1 racing jersey which belonged to professional cyclist Ken Ross. Ross competed successfully as a road cyclist in New South Wales during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also among the few Australian cyclists competing in Europe after the First World War and was among the first English-speaking sportsmen to enter German after the conflict had ended. The collection includes medals and sashes won in Australia and Europe.

    The bicycle has played an important role in Australian life since the 1880s, both as a sport and as a means of transportation. Cycle racing was immediately popular with clubs forming in every state by the 1890s. The period after the First World War saw a great revival of competitive cycling and local and interstate competitions drew large crowds and full newspaper coverage. The few Australian cyclists who left Australia in the 1920s to compete overseas established a long tradition of professional cyclists who have achieved success at an international level.

  • Nicholas Caire collection(4)

    Two photographs on card entitled Toorloo Arm from the Dong-an Dore, and Mia Mia and
    Two photographs on card entitled Mia Mia and Lubras, and Reflections under the bluff
    Two photographs on card entitled Group of natives and Rev. J. Bulmer, and Mission house and church
    Two photographs on card entitled Karpi Bay from mission garden, and Cultivating arrowroot at mission garden

    This collection consists of eight sepia-toned photographs mounted on each side of four 20 x15cm blue-grey cards. A printed caption on white paper is glued to the card mount beneath each photograph. A narrow strip of fabric which at one time formed an album page hinge is adhered to one edge of each card.

    Nicholas Caire is one of the most widely published of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Australian photographers. Between 1875 and 1905 Caire travelled the countryside of Victoria to photograph scenery for the lucrative 'views' market. His love of the landscape enabled him to create images which earned him a loyal audience during his lifetime, and an enduring place as one of Australia's early nature photographers. Captivated by the beauty of the Gippsland region, Caire made repeated excursions into the lakes district, photographing the scenery for his 1886 Gippsland Scenery series of which this collection is a sample. By the late 1870s, photographs of the Gippsland Lakes were becoming increasingly popular in Melbourne, helping to generate a new tourist market for the region. One of the continuing themes of Caire's work was the Aboriginal people at Lake Tyers Aboriginal Mission station and their daily lives. These are the only known copies of these images.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Bloom Mill (Rolling Steel)
    Wreck of the Ellerslie
    Cattle at water.  Harrison, Jones and Devlin's paddocks at Flemington
    Mulberry Tree, Oldest Fruit Tree in the State, Kingscote, K.I.
  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Handwritten note about friendship
    Handwritten note
    Handwritten poem by Keith Dodd
    Handwritten note
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    School report
    Envelope addressed to W P Faithfull, Springfield, Goulburn
    The Tourist.

    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.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Bark painting depicts six human figures with hair gathered into cone shape at top of heads
    Saltwater  dreaming of the Warramiri People (Bark: Sealife  Dances. Inv:
    Bird, fish and stencilled hands - a recapitulation after fifty five years.
    Decorated pandanus leaf basket
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Pastor Carl Strehlow in the doorway of the church at Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Luritja men demonstrating use of weapons, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Film negative - Different ways of wearing the hair, Petermann Ranges, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Glass plate negative - Katherine River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887, First Prize