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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Coogee Beach, N.S.W
    Proprietary Mine Mill, B Hill
    Balmain and district hospital
    La Perouse
  • Patricia Heath collection(151)

    Kimberley Native
    Kimberley Native - Nor' West Native
    Profile shot of an aboriginal man displaying tribal scarring across his body
    Kimberley Native - Gulanba
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Letter from Sturgeon and Sons regarding the sale of rams
    Envelope addressed to W P Faithfull, Goulburn
    Extract from Mr Charles Matcham's letters to a relative in England 1834

    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.

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

    Weapon - Spear
    Woven pandanus fibre armband, pigmented in stripes
    Weapon - Spearthrower
    Bark painting divided into three panels depicting a goanna, a snake, two turtles, a bird and eight fish, all cross-hatched
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1890
    Second Prize awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
  • Thomas Hinton collection(11)

    Studio portrait photograph of Thomas Hinton alongside an 'Advance Australia' banner.
    Studio portrait photograph of Thomas Hinton alongside an 'Advance Australia' banner.
    Card with a studio photograph of Thomas Hinton on either side, both show him posing alongside an 'Advance Australia' banner
    Studio photograph of a diorama of collage and small objects, marked 'Fanny the giggler' on the reverse.
  • Nettie McColive collection(189)

    Agricultural Bureau of South Australia Exhibition of Women's Handicrafts Second Prize, 1937 awarded to Miss Huppatz

    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.

  • Jack Heenan collection(25)

    Metal tray for Holden: The First Twenty Years 1948-1968
    GMH General Motors-Holden's 25 Year Club 1977
    GMH Personnel Directory
    Holden Torana tiepin

    The Jack Heenan collection comprises memorabilia, artwork, clothing accessories and industry journals relating to the career of Jack Heenan who worked for General Motors Holden (GMH) from 1935 until his retirement in 1974. He began his career working in forecasting, but later transferred to the sales department. These objects were used by Mr Heenan in his daily working life.

    GMH has played an important role in the history of Australian motor transport. The early model Holdens (the FX and FJ) are among the most recognisable cultural artefacts of 1950s and 1960s Australia. Motoring memorabilia illustrates the passionate connection some people feel towards motoring and Holden cars. The creation of marketing symbols as functional and collectible items also demonstrates the nature of Holden's powerful marketing campaigns. This collection of objects also traces the evolution of Australia's motoring history, Holden's own sense of its history and connection to post-war development, and Holden's continuing prominence in the popular imagination.