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  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Punch (Arrerika) watering camels, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Film negative - Royal Mail about to leave Oodnadatta, South Australia, for Arltunga, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Aboriginal rock engravings, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1906
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Weapon - Spearthrower
    Bark painting 'Howard Island
    Orion & the Pleiades
    Childbirth Scene, work on paper, Yirrkala, 1948
  • Terence Lane collection(138)

    The Age Centenary Test Lift Out Friday
    Souvenir banner commemorating the visit to Australia by the Duke and Duchess of York to mark the Federation of Australia in 1901
    Fob medallion awarded to Corporal M O'Toole
    Clear glass bowl to commemorate Australia's Centenary in 1888

    This collection consists of approximately 180 objects of Australiana, predominantly featuring the kangaroo. It encompasses a wide range of styles produced in Australia and overseas over a period of 150 years. The collection is diverse and includes decorative art objects, such as a Doulton umbrella stand, as well as an assortment of ephemera from several postcards to a matchbox.

    This collection has been amassed by Terence Lane, a former Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria over a period of 20 years. During this period, many of the items collected were not in high demand. However, they have since become eagerly sought and the result is a collection which has increased in cultural value. It is considered the best collection of kangaroo theme items in Australia.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Coming to the point
    Five children, an older boy, and a man standing under a weeping willow tree on the banks of the Macquarie River at Bathurst
    Photographic postcard depicting David Armstrong. Police Officer at Tiny Town
    Georgie Peorgie
  • George W Barber collection(47)

    Discussion Poster No.21 - Where Your Taxes Go - November 1, 1948
    Discussion Poster No.26 - What's wrong with this room? -  January 10, 1949
    Discussion Poster No.47 - Good Taste -  October 31, 1949
    Discussion Poster No.49, Choosing her Job, 28 November 1949

    This collection consists of forty-six colour paper wall posters and one A5 paperback booklet, 'This Changing World: An Atlas of Current Events - No. 1: The Pacific', issued by the Commonwealth Office of Education between 1948 and 1950. The heavily-illustrated posters present simplified viewpoints about world and national events and were designed for group discussion in schools, adult education organisations, community organisations and private enterprise. The booklet is a ready reference to post-war social, political, economic and geographic data on nations in the Asia-Pacific region and Antarctica. The objects were salvaged from the Maryborough Technical School, Victoria, which provided classes for ex-service personnel under the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme (1944-1950) as well as general vocational training.

    The Commonwealth Office of Education was created in 1945 under the Chifley Government as an agency of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction. The posters and booklet provide insight into a society undergoing profound change and embody official efforts to explain Australians' socio-economic and political position. Imaging an increasingly independent Australia forging a new role in the global and regional community, the collection documents the nation's industrial expansion and social restructuring at a time of full employment, a booming population and an increasingly sophisticated urban society. It also represents the Chifley Government's drive to stimulate post-war intellectual life and to reassert the concepts of democracy, egalitarianism and social justice. The posters additionally demonstrate contemporary ideas and techniques in pedagogy and graphic design.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pearl Faithfull in a studio setting holding a large ruched bonnet  in her right hand.
    Man wearing hat, on left, holding bridle of dark-coloured Shetland pony. Ted William
    Geoffrey Faithfull  1st World War
    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon

    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.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1890
  • Warakurna History Paintings collection(33)

    Cutline. Warakurna to Warburton by Judith Yinyika Chambers, Dorcas Tinnimay Bennett and Martha Ward
    Going Home by Eunice Yunurupa Porter
    Making the Cut Line with Len Beadell by Jean Burke
    Warakurna Community by Tracy Yates

    This collection consists of thirty-three paintings produced by Warakurna Artists for a collaborative commercial exhibition with the Outstation Gallery in Darwin. The exhibition, 'History Paintings - All the Stories got into our minds and eyes', opened in May 2011.

    The collection is significant as a broad and comprehensive body of work that presents a series of (related) Aboriginal perspectives on events in Australian history, some of which fundamentally challenge other accounts in the historical record. The collection documents the historical perspective of Ngaanyatjarra people who currently reside in the community of Warakurna. Contextualised by more customary mythic narratives, most of the works address historical events and provide an insight into the Aboriginal experience of contact on the colonial frontier. Taken together, from the Seven Sisters Dreaming to football carnivals in Warakurna today, the collection encompasses 100 years (and more) of history in the Ngaanyatjarra lands.