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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Painting by Gordon Syron - Right side of triptych
    Canadian Mask
    Weapon bag by Yvonne Koolmatrie
    Manytjimi Berries, a dot painting depicting three cross shapes

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • Gallaway-Gore collection(62)

    Confirmation card for Jessie Ann Gore
    Photographic portrait of a man holding baby
    Hand written letter from Ch. Campbell dated 14 January 1835
    Receipt from Bank of Australasia

    The Gallaway-Gore collection consists of a number of objects, including a sword and scabbard, a family bible and prayer book, several framed portraits, and a number of family papers including letters, deeds, wills, birth and marriage certificates pertaining to the Gore-Gallaway family.

    There is a long history of achievement among the generations of the Gore-Gallaway family, including three generations of maritime service, from Captain John Gore senior, who sailed with Captain James Cook on the Endeavour, his son Rear Admiral John Gore junior, who migrated to Australia and settled the property 'Gilmour' near Lake Bathurst, to his grandson Graham Gore, who was lost on the Franklin expedition. This history, as well as the family's subsequent experiences on 'Gilmour', are documented within the collection.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Gibson wedding at Old House at Tirrannna
    Cardboard fragment of a book cover
    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon
    Clare Wilkinson (nee Faithfull) wearing a dark feathered hat

    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.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Second Prize awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for 'Prettiest & Best Tea-Cosy' by the Weethalle P & A Society
    Certificate awarded at the Kyneton Agricultural Society Grand Centanary Show, 1960 for first prize for a nasturtium luncheon set of table linen
    First Prize awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for 'Tea cosy, knitted or crocheted' at the Golden Grove & Yatala Vale Show Society
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Bark painting depicting a spirit being Durlklorrkilorrken alternatively known as Balangdjangarlayn by Bardayal Nadjamerrek
    Child's drawing
    'Flying Ant Dreaming', painted by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1976
    'Tingarri men and Initiates at Marabindinya [Marrapintinya]', painted by Anatjari No 1 Tjampitjimpa, 1980
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Postcard featuring a black and white photograph (printed) of Patrick O'Connor, the Irish Giant
    The Wood Nymph
    Bondi, Sydney
    Postcard titled 'Off to the War' by May Gibbs
  • Keith Goddard collection(252)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
  • Race to the Gold Diggings Board Game collection(7)

    Race to the Gold Diggings board game
    Model ship playing piece for Race to the Gold Diggings board game
    Model ship playing piece for Race to the Gold Diggings board game
    Board for Race to the Gold Diggings board game

    The 'Race to the Gold Diggings of Australia' board game' collection consists of a nineteenth century game of chance relating to the Australian gold rushes. It includes a hand coloured lithographed sheet, 490 x 330 mm., in eight sections, mounted on linen, accompanied by a printed rule card (dusted and stained on verso), three (of six) painted metal ship counters, and ivory teetotum numbered to 12 in red & black; contained in its original painted wooden case with an illustrated sliding lid (the lid neatly mended), 190 x 145 mm., showing the ships "Passing the Cape of Good Hope"; overall in very good original condition. London, circa, 1855 .

    The discovery of gold in Australia in 1851 had a massive impact on the way Britain imagined the colonies. Gold shifted the perception of the colonies from a back-water to a land of promise and potential for the individual and society. The lure of gold spread widely and captured popular imagination across class, gender and age. Accounts and depictions of the gold rush became readily available to an Imperial audience. 'Race to the Gold Diggings of Australia' is an excellent example of this impact as it shows how the Gold Rush was brought into the lives of middle class children through play.