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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pincushion with pins
    Loch Katrine & Ellen's Isle
    Lady Dilke (nee Pearl Faithfull) and a young boy standing in a garden
    Riding habit

    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(7551)

    18 King St., Sydney
    Looking through a fence to an industrial area
    Sydney, New South Wales
    Fountain, Botanic Gardens, Adelaide
  • Jack Wherra collection no. 1(21)

    Engraved boab nut 'Attempt to Seduce a Wife' by Jack Wherra
    Engraved boab nut 'Whiteman's Justice' by Jack Wherra
    Engraved boab nut 'The Card Game' by Jack Wherra
    Engraved boab nut 'Capturing the Cattle Killers' by Jack Wherra

    This collection consist of a series of 21 incised boab nuts by the Kimberley artist Jack Wherra (or Wheera). They were executed between 1964 and 1966 and record contact history stories.

    The nuts are a significant social record of cross-cultural interrelations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from the perspective of a known Aboriginal person. The range of topics as described in the titles include: Whiteman's Justice, Spearing A Stockman, Police Intervene After A Fight Over A Woman, Capturing The Cattle Killers, Illicit Drinking And Violence, The Card Game That Ended Badly and the anthropologist Records Rock Art. Jack Wherra's own story as an tribal man who found himself at the mercy of both white and black law after a tribal incident provides additional insights into the complexities of contact history.

  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    Letter asking Mrs Burton to donate memorabilia of her equestrian career to the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales
    Scrapbook with a green hardcover containing newspaper clippings, telegrams and some photographs from 1915-1958 documenting the motoring life of Jack Burton
    Narrandera Show medal 1930
    GRANVILLE SHOW. 1942, red felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text

    The collection consists of documents, photographs, scrapbooks, clothing and other memorabilia from the careers and personal lives of Emma (Emilie) Roach, a well-known and successful equestrian, and her husband John (Jack) Burton, who made several record-breaking drives in motor vehicles across Australia during the 1910s and 1920s.

    Born in Narrandera, New South Wales, in 1898, Roach began equestrian competition at the age of 10, and continued through most levels and types of competition, remaining an unpaid amatuer, until her retirement in 1955. Her main competitions and successes were in the show-ring. After Burton and Roach married in 1925, they lived in Sydney for many years and travelled from there to agricultural shows in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland where Roach would compete and Burton worked in motor vehicle sales and writing articles for motoring magazines.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Wooden container, painted on both sides with red ochre by Daisy Leura Nakamara, 1980
    Painting depicts kangaroo in x-ray style
    Painting depicting a crocodile surrounded by eggs, by David Milaybuma
    'Lizard Dreaming Site at Linga-Goora (Lingakura)', painted by Ray Inkamala Tjampitjinpa, 1976
  • Dick Roughsey Rainbow Serpent collection(16)

    Painting no. 12, Rainbow Serpent story by Dick Roughsey - The Tree-goanna brothers, the Wangoo, climbed after Goorialla
    Painting no. 2, Rainbow Serpent story by Dick Roughsey - Goorialla leaves Narabyllgan and travels north
    Painting no. 11, Rainbow Serpent story by Dick Roughsey - Goorialla flees towards the only great mountain, Borabunaru
    Painting no. 1, Rainbow Serpent story by Dick Roughsey - Goorialla making Narabullgan

    The Dick Roughsey Rainbow Serpent collection consists of 16 works produced for the children's book 'The Rainbow Serpent' (1975) by Lardil artist Dick Roughsey (Goobalathaldin).

    The rainbow serpent is an important ancestral being in Indigenous communities and emerged in ancestral stories and related manifestations for the first time some 3,000 to 6,000 years ago. 'The Rainbow Serpent' won a Children's Picture Book of the Year Award in 1976 and was one of seven successful children's books produced by Dick Roughsey in collaboration with his colleague and friend Percy Tresize.

  • Warakurna History Paintings collection(33)

    Mission Time by Anna Porter
    NPY Women's Council by Eunice Yunurupa Porter
    Miners by Jean Burke
    Olympic Games Opening Ceremony by Judith Yinyika Chambers

    This collection consists of thirty-three paintings produced by Warakurna Artists for a collaborative commercial exhibition with the Outstation Gallery in Darwin. The exhibition, 'History Paintings - All the Stories got into our minds and eyes', opened in May 2011.

    The collection is significant as a broad and comprehensive body of work that presents a series of (related) Aboriginal perspectives on events in Australian history, some of which fundamentally challenge other accounts in the historical record. The collection documents the historical perspective of Ngaanyatjarra people who currently reside in the community of Warakurna. Contextualised by more customary mythic narratives, most of the works address historical events and provide an insight into the Aboriginal experience of contact on the colonial frontier. Taken together, from the Seven Sisters Dreaming to football carnivals in Warakurna today, the collection encompasses 100 years (and more) of history in the Ngaanyatjarra lands.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(125)

    'Purrungu' by Jackie Giles, 2008
    Fibre basket by Sarah Brooks, 2008
    'My Country' by Georgina Brown, 2007
    Coolamon by Pampirla Hansen Boxer, 2008

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..