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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Breakers, on East Coast Tasmania
    Miss Gabrielle Ray
    Oilette, Kangaroos
    Spit Bridge Looking South East, N.S.W.
  • Terence Lane collection(138)

    Kangaroo paw mounted in silver with a supporting stand and a globular gimbal-mounted cigar lighter
    Clear glass bowl to commemorate Australia's Centenary in 1888
    Ceramic umbrella stand in the form of a kangaroo, made by Doulton, England, 1885
    Clear glass plate marked Advance Australia, to commemorate Australia's centenary in 1888

    This collection consists of approximately 180 objects of Australiana, predominantly featuring the kangaroo. It encompasses a wide range of styles produced in Australia and overseas over a period of 150 years. The collection is diverse and includes decorative art objects, such as a Doulton umbrella stand, as well as an assortment of ephemera from several postcards to a matchbox.

    This collection has been amassed by Terence Lane, a former Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria over a period of 20 years. During this period, many of the items collected were not in high demand. However, they have since become eagerly sought and the result is a collection which has increased in cultural value. It is considered the best collection of kangaroo theme items in Australia.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Dance program for St Leonard's Private Subscription Dance, Friday 11th June 1886
    label attached to Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver
    Cream-coloured dance program with 'Wm Percy Faithfull' and 'TIRRANNA, 13th January 1870' on the front
    A black spotted net lace day cap, trimmed with cream grosgrain ribbon and torchon bobbin lace

    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)

    The Yurlunggurr Serpents intertwine in the  Mirarrmina Waterhole.
    Bark painting depicts six human figures with hair gathered into cone shape at top of heads
    Bark painting 'The Sacred Law-Givers for the Yirritja People of North East Arnhem Land' by Birrikidji Gumana, Gangan
    The  Wawilag Spirits of Marwiyu - A Mandalbui Dreaming.
  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)

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    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.

  • Nettie McColive collection(189)

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    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Stan Mitchell collection(1320)

    Palaeolithic European hand axe
    Utilised core [stone implement]
    Wooden Container
    Knife
  • Social History Museums (South Australia) collection(172)

    Souvenir badge that commemorates the first flight from England to Australia by Ross and Keith Smith in 1919
    Australia Day 1917, Their Sacrifice is Worth Your Sacrifice - for Soldiers, Sailors and Nurses
    Australia Day 1916
    Australia Day 1918
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