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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A country road
    Grand View guest house, Mt Gambier, SA
    King bird of paradise
    Parsley Bay, Sydney
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    'Honey Ant Hunt, painted by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, 1975
    'The Dancing Women at Nyuminga' painted by by George Tjungurrayi, 1976
    Bark painting 'Ngaldjorlboh of the
    Painting depicts male (left) and female modjarki, freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni)
  • Ainslie Primary School collection no. 2(15)

    Letter from Olga J Fraser to the principal of Ainslie Public School

    Black and white photograph - Children building a model of a castle.

    Black and white photograph - Class working in the library.

    Letter from Commonwealth of Australia to Headmaster of Ainslie Public School
  • Peter Sutton collection no. 2(1)

    Akubra brand broad-brimmed fur felt hat worn by anthropologist by Dr Peter Sutton when he was doing fieldwork

    This collection comprises a fawn-coloured Akubra hat belonging to South Australian anthropologist and academic, Professor Peter Sutton. Worn while conducting fieldwork in the Northern Territory, the hat is of rabbit fur-felt with a brown leather cord hatband and was purchased by Sutton in Adelaide, circa 1981.

    Born in 1946, Peter Sutton BA (Hons) (Sydney), MA (Hons) (Macq), PhD (Qld) is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. A social anthropologist and linguist, Sutton has assisted with over fifty Aboriginal land claims, and carried out other applied research, since 1969. The issue of Native Title is still highly contested throughout Australia. Through his work in the area of Native Title research, Sutton has provided strong evidence of the enduring connections and spiritual attachments of Aboriginal peoples to their traditional homelands. Although he has also worked with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and in rural and urban centres, SuttonÂ?s primary research has focused on the Wik people of Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula. In 1988, Sutton curated the remarkable Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia exhibition in New York. The exhibition attracted record crowds and wide media attention and was instrumental in establishing Australian Aboriginal art and sculpture as high art, rather than as Â?primitiveÂ? objects of ethnographic interest. The author of a number of books, anthropological and linguistic papers, unpublished academic studies, papers on professional issues, public policy and current events, and book reviews, Sutton has drawn public attention to the inequities facing Aboriginal people in rural and remote Aboriginal communities as well as to the profound sense of community, spirituality and place which sustains them. In doing so, he has made significant contributions to the lives of Aboriginal people he has worked with, as well as to furthering anthropological debate in Australia. His iconically Australian Akubra hat accompanied him on all his fieldwork trips from 1981 to 1996, occasionally being replaced by a beret on cold nights.

  • The Christensen Fund collection no. 1(67)

    Portraits of the aboriginal inhabitants
    Typical portraits of the aborigines
    The aboriginal inhabitants
  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    Invitation addressed to Mr and Mrs Burton for the wedding of Elizabeth Duffield and Howard Dossor, 1958
    Narrandera Show medal 1930
    Gold medal from the Royal Agricultural Society of N.S.W. Royal Easter Show Sydney 1929
    GRANVILLE SHOW. 1942, red felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Walton on Thames, Church Tower.
    School report
    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon
    Envelope addressed to Mrs A. I. Maple Brown

    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.

  • Lew Parlette collection no. 2(11)

    Elongate oval red pigmented wooden shield '[Old Man Dreaming]', painted by Uta Uta Tjangala, 1972
    Chisel, made by Paddy Tjangala, 1972
    Elongate oval red pigmented wooden shield [Lyurulyuru Dreaming], painted by Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa, 1972
    Man Dreaming (dingari), painted by Anatjarri Tjakamarra, 1972