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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    The Spit, Sydney
    Postcard of Relics of Convict Discipline
    Birds eye view of Parramatta. N.S.W
    Pitt St. Sydney, looking south and Off Sydney Heads
  • Social History Museums (South Australia) collection(172)

    Anzac Day - Lest We forget Gallipoli, 25 April, 1915
    Australia Day Port Victoria 1918
    Wattle Day badge
    Wattle Day League, S.A, 1918
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Constance Faithfull, Florence Ethel (Bobbie) Faithfull on cushion and Ethel Faithfull
    The Harris family at Pinea
    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.

  • National Symbols Poster collection no. 2(4)

    Colour poster with the caption Irrigating currant vines,  Australia
    Colour poster with the caption Buy home-grown canned fruits, issued by the Empire Marketing Board
    Colour poster with the caption Buy Australian Sultanas, issued by the Empire Marketing Board
    Colour poster with the caption Buy New Zealand honey, issued by the Empire Marketing Board

    This collection consists of three colour lithographic posters designed by Frederick C. Herrick and one colour poster designed by Archibald Bertram Webb for the Empire Marketing Board. The EMB was established in 1926 by the British Government to promote the products of the British Empire within the United Kingdom. It is now perhaps best known for its publication of some 800 different poster and postcard designs, mainly for viewing by the British public through display on public hoardings and buildings, and in shop windows and some schools. The three posters by Herrick in the NMA collections feature a lion, a kangaroo with joey and a kiwi (symbolising Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand respectively) and slogans exhorting the public to 'BUY HOME-GROWN CANNED FRUITS' ('British' lion poster); 'BUY AUSTRALIAN SULTANAS' (kangaroo poster); and 'BUY NEW ZEALAND HONEY' (kiwi poster). The Webb poster is a print of a colour woodcut of a worker tending an irrigated crop, captioned 'Irrigating current vines, Australia'.

    These posters are highly significant historical artefacts, recording not only commercial art trends and the emergence of modern mass media, but the use of that media in a sophisticated peacetime government propaganda campaign. They are early examples of 'brand Australia' and the definition of the nation as a market. Designed by a English artist and and English immigrant to Australia, they also contribute to the iconography of the kangaroo and illustrate other understandings of Australia and its inhabitants by those living beyond its shores.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Ngurti' by George Tuckerbox, 2007
    Fibre basket by Rosie Williams, 2008
    'Kartamarti' by Jukuja Dolly Snell, 2007
    'Purlpa' by Dadda Samson, 2007

    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..

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

    The Men, Adungun, work on paper, Oenpelli, 1948
    Weapon - Spearthrower
    Armband - Milingimbi, N.T.
    The Serpent-men, Jurlungur and Gadjalan
  • Department of Defence collection(118)

    Joseph Sewell Marine Chronometer No 9143 in a wooden case, used in HMAS Tamworth
    Barraud No 2/901 chronometer with Poole's auxiliary compensated balance
    Brass winding key for chronometer
    Fastening pin for latch on chronometer, used in HMAS Tamworth
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Punch (Arrerika), suffering with fly bitten eye, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Child carrying boomerang, tidal mud flat off King Sound, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Frank Feast, wearing a World War I uniform, walking beside the expedition buggy, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Homestead of Victoria River Downs station, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922