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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3502)

    Gentiana Kochiana
    Cream-coloured dance program titled 'AYTON, Wednesday, 26th Oct 1870'
    Pink partial dance program
    Pencil sketch depicting a church and lake

    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)

    Balmain and Drummoyne, Sydney NSW A merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    Wimbledon Football Club
    Begger's Opera. Red Cross Fete, 1922
  • Inada Holdings 19/08/1985 collection(4)

    Aboriginal Land Rights
    Aboriginal sovereignty
    Pay the Rent
    Circular black and red badge with central yellow circle [Aboriginal flag]
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Weapon - Spearthrower
    Weapon - Spearthrower Groote Eylandt
    Weapon - Spear
    Bark painting - Djunkgao and Madalait at Arnhem Bay - Yirrkala, 1948
  • JC Le Souef collection(202)


    Hammerstone [stone implement]

    Model spear

    Model club

  • Political Cartooning 2006 collection - Pat Campbell(1)

    Scientific whaling

    The Political Cartooning 2006 collection consists of 128 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum of Australia's 2005 2007 Political cartooning targeted collecting project and the Behind the Lines 2006 political cartooning exhibition. There are 48 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, John Spooner, Mark Knight, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Cathy Wilcox and Ward O'Neill.

    The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics and society in 2006. Major topics addressed within the collection include issues such as the Cronulla race riots; Work Choices policy; the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) scandal; Australia's military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands; the continuing threat of global terrorist attacks; the economy; and global warming. Taken together the collection provides a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2006 and demonstrates the quality of Australian political cartooning and illustration.

  • Barry Christophers collection(9)

    Prescription pad belonging to Dr Barry Christophers
    Stethoscope belonging to Dr Barry Christophers
    Colour photograph of Barry Christophers and Joe McGinness sitting on the bonnet of a red car

    Glass syringe belonging to Dr Barry Christophers

    The Barry Christophers collection consists of a glass hypodermic syringe, stethoscope, prescription pad, photograph and five newspaper clippings. These personal items belonged to Barry Christophers and are in good condition.

    Trained as a medical doctor, from 1963 to 1973 Dr Barry Christophers (born 1922) was secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) Equal Wages Committee. During the 1940s Christophers had been a student of Frederick Wood Jones (1879-1954), a scientist with a humanitarian regard for Aboriginal Australians and later Professor of Anatomy at Melbourne University. Christophers' activism was inspired by reading Woods' article 'Claims of the Australian Aborigine'. Christophers led several FCAATSI campaigns to overturn discrimination towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, such as the withholding of wages and the exclusion of Aboriginal people from the tuberculosis allowance in Queensland. Christophers lifelong friendship and collaboration with Aboriginal activist Joe McGinness (1914 - 2003) was crucial in many of these campaigns. These medical instruments, a stethoscope, prescription pad and syringe, assist to elaborate on the intertwined themes of Christophers' medical education and its impact on his activism in campaigning for equal rights for all Australians. The newspaper clippings and photograph highlight the personal friendship between Barry Christophers and Joe McGinness that sustained their professional work.

  • Enid Bowden collection(227)

    Blade [stone implement]
    Tula slug [stone implement]
    Blade [stone implement]
    Blade [stone implement]