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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Inserts from The Illustrated London News for May 10 1856
    Edward C. Bingham Bryden in a sailor suit seated on a mock bridge
    Print - Accidents will happen to the best Appointed Coaches
    'Reginald's Last Wishes' signed by George Faithfull and H Montague Faithfull

    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.

  • E Milne collection(652)

    Aboriginal breastplate for Jack the Traveller, King of Bendora Bellevue Jembicumbane
    Kimberley point
    Top grinding stone [stone implement]
    Aboriginal breastplate for John Neville, King of Mahaderree
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Postcard featuring a brown toned photograph of the
    In the Memorial Reserve, Wangaratta, Vic
    Panorama at Port Campbell, Vic
    Darlinghurst Rd. Kings Cross. Sydney
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from George Crane, 1830
    Convict love token from D. Poultney, 1829
    Convict love token from T.C., 17th July 1787
    Convict love token from J. Stoneham, 1823

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    GRANVILLE SHOW, blue felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text
    Fifteen Royal Agricultural Society Member Badges
    Photograph of a Vauxhall car being driven past ore processing machinery including a stamper battery
    Invitation addressed to Mr and Mrs Burton for the wedding of Elizabeth Duffield and Howard Dossor, 1958

    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.

  • Blo Umi Yet Artwork Project collection(5)

    Osualal Dhagal
    The Luk Aut Stil Man Em Kam Story
    Barisal - Hollow in the Sand

    The Blo Umi Yet Artwork Project was a collaborative project between a Torres Strait Islander artist, Dennis Nona and a Papua New Guinean storyteller Alex Dawia. The Blo Umi Yet Project aimed to re establish cultural and historical links between the Torres Straits and the Solomon's, Vanuatu and other Pacific Nations. These links are evident through present day cultural activities and stories that have been handed down through families over generations. These stories are reflected in the five prints that were purchased through this project.

    The artist Dennis Nona initiated the partnership. He produced the artwork whilst Alex provided some of the stories. The linocuts demonstrate the strong connections the artists have with their customs and oral histories. Dennis learnt the traditional style of woodcutting as a child making the transition to the contemporary method of linocutting a natural one. Dennis's attention to detail in these intricate works reflect many aspects of his culture. His work is collected l world-wide with many held in Australia's National Cultural Institutions. He has since gained several formal qualifications in the arts and is widely exhibited.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    'Making Spears', painted by Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, 1975
    'Tingarri men at Kiritjinya', painted by John Tjakamarra, 1975
    Painting depicts four goannas
    Goanna droppings by Shorty Lungkata, 1981
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - People in front of shelter, possibly at Yalata station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Woman decorated with pipe-clay markings, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
    Glass plate negative - Members of vice-regal party standing around three Dort cars, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
    Glass plate negative - Man holding north-western type of spearthrower and wearing pubic fur tassel, Wardaman people, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922