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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Set of twelve unused postage stamps
    Mauve satin covered ladies left shoe
    Tower and Tower Bridge, London
    Blind Man's Buff

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Rose Gardens & Jens Hotel, Mt Gambier, SA
    Toronto, NSW
    The Beach, Newcastle, NSW
    Looking along the beach, Dromana, Vic
  • Bridge Family collection no. 4(31)

    Needlework pattern
    Needlework pattern for 'Table Centre Design 2171'
    First prize certificate awarded to Miss E Denny by Goulburn and District Horticultural Society
    Tin with lid that features pictures of nursery rhyme characters
  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    GRANVILLE SHOW, blue felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text
    Scrapbook with a green hardcover containing newspaper clippings, telegrams and some photographs from 1915-1958 documenting the motoring life of Jack Burton
    Gold medal show award from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Royal Spring Fair 1927
    Photograph of Emilie Roach next to mount 'Dungog'

    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.

  • Butcher Joe Nangan collection(3)

    Sketchbook of drawings of the Nyikina people, by Butcher Joe Nangan
    Audio recording in box of interveiw with Butcher Joe Nangan regarding his sketchbook
    Audio recording in box of 'Mayata' (Pelican dance) ceremony related to Butcher Joe Nangans' sketchbook

    This collection consists of a sketchbook of thirteen drawings, one loose drawing, two reel tapes and documentation associated with the drawings. The drawings depict the traditional law and stories of the Nyikina people of Western Australia and were created by Butcher Joe Nangan (c.1902-1989). The tapes record Nangan's 'Mayarda' (Pelican) dance and a January 1972 interview with Nangan about the stories illustrated in ten of the drawings. The stories associated with the other four drawings are related in notes that accompanied the sketchbook.

    Joe Nangan became known as 'Butcher Joe' after he worked as a butcher at the Beagle Bay Mission, 180 km north of Broome, in the 1930s. He began to create art in the 1950s, when he started to engrave pearl shells and boab nuts. These were eagerly sought after by tourists and ethnographers. His works on paper only became known from the 1970s as contemporary Aboriginal art gained a national audience. His work was motivated by a concern to record the traditional law and stories of his people, as much cultural knowledge had been lost during his lifetime because of the massive disruption caused by settlement.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Mother and child, Sunday Island, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Film negative - Neighbour, a recipient of the the Albert Medal bravery award, Roper River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Glass plate negative - Station hands butchering a beast, Victoria River Downs station, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Glass plate negative - Men fighting with clubs called 'kutturu', Luritja people, Finke River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Neil Martin collection(2)

    British Military Pioneer Other Ranks Sword, used by Lieutenant Thomas Quinn, 73rd Regiment (ret), in Van Diemens Land
    British Military Issue Pattern 1842 Musket, or New Line, Socket Bayonet, used by Lieutenant Thomas Quinn, 73rd Regiment (ret), in Van Diemens Land
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Pleasant trip much love from mummy and Georgie
    Lock Hing China Ware Store, 33 Queen's Road