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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    CANBERRA Sing the Old Hundredth Hymn 12.3.13 H&S
    Disastrous Fire. Smithfield Freezing Works June 21 1929
    Postcard with photograph captioned Sydney Harbour Bridge, July1930
    Boondara
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token inscribed with the initials R.L and S.L., 1819
    Convict love token from Dennis Greenfield, 1833
    Convict love token from W. Clements, 1827
    Convict love token from Thomas Alsop, 1833

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Swan Family Christchurch
    Pencil sketch depicting three women
    Loch Katrine & Ellen's Isle
    Essay by Jim Maple-Brown titled Transport by the Camel in Australia

    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.

  • Frederick Edmunds collection(24)

    Black and white photograph - Edgar Percival and Douglas Corrigan at Luton 1937.
    Documents regarding EW Percival eg letters correspondence, magazines and journals.
    Black and white photograph - Edgar Percival between two assistants
    Maintenance and repair manual for the Percival Proctor.

    The Frederick Edmunds collection consists of a Percival Proctor aircraft, photograph album, and associated aircraft maintenance manuals and log books.

    During the Second World War, the Percival Aircraft Company developed a military version of the company's most successful aircraft the Gull, named the Proctor, which was adopted as a trainer aircraft for the RAF. The MuseumÂ?s Percival Proctor Aircraft MK1, VH-FEP, is an all wood construction, has a wing span of 39.5ft and is powered by a 210hp Gipsy Queen Series II engine. VH-FEP was manufactured in 1942 for the RAF and was used as a trainer until 1946 before being transferred to disposals. John Dyer, a former RAAF pilot bought the aircraft and flew it to Australia, where he sold to George Lewis of Kalgoorlie, proprietor of Goldfields Airways, in 1947. The Proctor was restored to flying standard in 1953, and Lewis made the aircraft available to the Royal Flying Doctor Service carrying out numerous mercy flights for injured miners, station workers, pastoralists and their families. The aircraft changed hands several times, eventually becoming a total wreck and languishing in a disused hangar in Perth until 1978 when Frederick Edmunds and his partner became joint owners. Edmunds spent the following five years (over 3000 hours) and $35,000 restoring the aircraft, replacing the panelling of its wooden fuselage and rebuilding the engine. The restoration process is recorded in the accompanying photograph album.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 6(9)

    Australia - Land of Tomorrow
    See the better farming train
    Poster advertising 'To Western Australia by Trans-Australian Railway'
    An advertising sign for Pelaco shirts, collars and pyjamas.

    This collection consists of 10 excellent examples of Australian advertising posters. Artists represented include Percy Tromf, James Northfield, Norman Lindsay and May Gibbs . The majority of the posters were produced as lithographs.

    The poster as a form of advertising was popular in Australian throughout the twentieth century, particularly before the age of radio and television. The posters in this particular collection document a number of different types of advertising campaigns including war time recruitment, public health and safety, product endorsement and railway travel.

  • Ellen Rogers collection(15)

    Silver plated metal and horse-hair hair brush
    Dressing case containing two hair brushes, two clothes brushes, a comb and a mirror
    Timber dressing case covered in imitation black leather, with blue velvet interior
    Silver plated metal and horse-hair hair brush

    The Ellen Rogers collection consists of fifteen items of memorabilia associated with Australian aviation pioneers, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm. The collection consist of a half-size bronze life-mask of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith; full-size bronze life-mask of Charles Ulm; propeller hub of an Australian National Airways Ltd (ANA) Avro X Lynx engine; half-main bearing removed from the central engine of the 'Southern Cross' aircraft after the 1928 trans-Pacific flight; Charles Ulm's attaché case; framed composite photograph with dedication; black and white photograph of 'Faith in Australia'; commemorative wall clock mounted in a propeller; and a velvet covered timber dressing case containing silver plated brushes, comb and mirror. The objects in this collection, many of them presented as gifts to Rogers, reflect the respect and affection Kingsford Smith and Ulm held for their secretary whom they referred to as 'Rog'.

    In 1928, Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm became the first aviators to cross the Pacific Ocean by air in the 'Southern Cross'. With two American crewmembers, they took off from Oakland, California, on 31 May 1928 and flew via Hawaii and Suva to Brisbane, completing the historic 11,585 kilometre crossing in 83 hours, 38 minutes, of flying time. Kingsford Smith and Ulm were awarded the Air Force Cross and given honorary commissions in the Royal Australian Air Force. In December 1928, they founded Australian National Airways Ltd (ANA) as a passenger, mail and freight service between cities and towns in eastern Australia. Mounting financial difficulties forced ANA to suspend all passenger services in June 1931, and the company entered voluntary liquidation in February 1933. The two aviators died tragically while pursing their interests - Ulm disappearing in December 1934 flying between California and Hawaii, and Kingsford Smith lost without trace in 1935 off the coast of Burma. Ellen Rogers was employed as secretary to Kingsford Smith and Ulm following the trans-Pacific flight, during the establishment and operation of ANA, and continued working as private secretary to Charles Ulm until his death.

  • History of Netball - Margaret Pewtress collection(68)

    WNBBAV A Grade Runners- Up, Autumn 1960 won by Aberfeldie
    VWBBA A Grade Premiership 1958 - Melbourne Blue
    VWBBA A Grade Premiership 1957 - Melbourne Red
    VWBBA A Grade Premiership 1958 - Melbourne Blue

    The History of Netball collection consists of material relating to the history of national and
    international level netball in Australia from the 1930s to the present day. The collection of thirty three
    objects has been formed through donations by seven separate donors representing different eras and
    roles in netball history.

    Sport has always been a large part of Australian life and Australians have always enjoyed success on
    the international sporting arena. Australian women in particular have consistently been high achievers
    in international sporting events and netball is one sport where this has been proven repeatedly. The sport evolved and developed in Commonwealth Countries in the early 1900s. In Australia this resulted in a unique local style and a strong Australian contribution to international rules and standards of play. Netball enjoys the third highest participant rate among all sports played in Australia, is the most popular women's sport and is enjoyed both in the country and the city.

  • Commonwealth Grants Commission collection(1)

    Brass carriage clock in leather box used by Lord Forrest
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