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

    The Djunkgao (Djung'kawu) Sisters at Goulburn Island
    Bark Painting, Fishing Scene showing Dugong and Turtle, from Groote Eylandt, 1948
    Long narrow mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3499)

    Drawing room at Fonthill between 1905 and 1920
    Unfinished pencil sketch
    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7550)

    Street in Sydney with horse drawn buggies (Bridge Street)
    Lane Cove River at Fig Tree, Hunters Hill
    Post Office, Orange NSW
    Wellington Caves
  • Gowans Auctions collection(2)

    Pardon for convict Mary Jones, issued by John Franklin on 15 May 1839
    Archive copy of a convict record of conduct for Mary Jones

    The Gowans Auctions Collection consists of Mary Jones' Conditional Pardon signed by John Franklin, 15 May 1839. Mary Jones was a nursery and housemaid by trade, sentenced at the age of 19 to fourteen (14) years transportation for stealing she departed London on the 11 May 1828 on board the ship Borneo, arriving in Hobart on the 8 October 1828.

    Over 12,000 women were transported to Van Diemen's Land between 1803 and 1853. The female convicts were typically sentenced to seven or fourteen years for petty crimes such as theft. In the colony, women were either assigned as domestic servants to free settlers or were incarcerated within Female Factories, a work house for convicts who were employed in such tasks as laundry and sewing. A Conditional Pardon remitted the remainder of a convict's sentence, on the condition that the person did not return to England. It was usually only given to convicts who had long sentences, such as fourteen years as in the case of Mary Jones.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Royal Melbroune Centenary Show, 1948 for first prize for a snow white play apron
    Certificate awarded at the Yarram Agricultural Society 78th Annual Show, 1960 for first prize for a jug cover
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Mirboo North A. and P. Society Annual Show, 1970 for first prize for a table centre
    CHAMPION awarded to Mrs V. Wilson for her 'Jacobean bird' textile panel at the Uralla Show, 1954
  • Thomas Hinton collection(11)

    Studio portrait photograph of Thomas Hinton standing beside a table.
    Studio portrait photograph of Thomas Hinton standing wearing a loincloth in front of an 'Advance Australia' banner.
    Studio portrait photograph of Thomas Hinton alongside an 'Advance Australia' banner.
    Studio portrait photograph of Thomas Hinton alongside an 'Advance Australia' banner.

    This collection contains 15 studio photographs attached to 11 pieces of cardboard, dating from 1900. A remarkable set of images, they utilise the late nineteenth century conventions of photographic studio portraiture to present a unique response to Australia at the dawn of the twentieth century. We cannot know what meaning they were intended to have by Thomas Hinton (b. 1857 ? d. after 1924), who commissioned and featured in the photographs. Hinton worked as an engine driver in the Tasmanian midlands. Shortly after the photographs were taken he was admitted to an insane asylum primarily because of 'a mania for having his photograph taken.'

    This collection has strong bearing on a number aspects of Australian cultural history, including the treatment and experience of mental illness; Federation and the choosing of the flag; the Advance Australia coat of arms; the history of photography and of the understanding, collection and appreciation of 'outsider art'.

  • Turner and Valentine Families collection(177)

    Seaplane of Dependo (who intends to fly around the world) in Sydney Cove 23rd July 1925
    Collins Pocket Diary for 1925 with daily entries by Ann Turner, containing details of Guides events
    Steerage Passengers Contract Ticket for John Turner 1883
    Photographic portrait of a man in ceremonial robes
  • St George Budapest Soccer Club collection(58)

    Colour photograph of the Japanese Football Association President presenting a trophy to Mr John Warren
    St George Budapest Soccer Club t-shirt
    'SGBSC Premiership win' 1983
    Newspaper clipping from a Japanese language newspaper, 1971