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  • People's Paraphernalia collection no. 10(3)

    Poster titled 'Help Australia - Help yourself... buy WAR SAVINGS STAMPS and CERTIFICATES'
    NSW Welcomes President Johnson
    Wartime patriotic poster titled 'Invest NOW in the SECOND VICTORY LOAN Your Bond is a Bridgehead'
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    QSL card for VK7JB,Tasmania
    Pinnacle and Organ Pipe, Mount Wellington
    Mark Foy's Limited
    Horsedrawn vehicle crossing a small bridge, with quote from Henry Lawson
  • Australian National Railways Commission collection(39)

    Railways of Australia Gold Life Pass issued to the Hon Harold Holt
    Railways of Australia Gold Life Pass issued to the Hon H W J McEwen
    Commonwealth Railways Gold Life Pass issued to the Hon King O'Malley
    Ceremonial wooden wheelbarrow used at the turning of the first sod at works on railways commenced at Port Augusta, Oodnadatta, Tarcoola and Alice Springs bewteen 1912 and 2001
  • Conway Tighe collection(8)

    Flyer relating to the final milk delivery by Lincoln Park Dairy, Essendon, Victoria
    Notice relating to the Lincoln Park Dairy, Essendon, Victoria
    Notice relating to the Lincoln Park Dairy, Essendon, Victoria
    1940s quarter pint glass cream bottle

    This collection comprises two pieces of paper ephemera, a bound paper ledger, a leather bag, two glass bottles and a metal milk agitator associated with the Lincoln Park Diary, formerly located at 70 Lincoln Rd, Essendon, Vic., between approximately 1926 and 1987. The objects belonged to and were used by proprietors Hugh, Margaret, Conway and Patrick Tighe. The paper notice measures 185x90mm and the paper bill with letterhead measures120x115mm. The bound ledger measures approximately 310x380x20, and the bag approximately170x220x30mm. The pint-size milk bottle measures approximately 210x73mm, and the cream bottle approximately150x50mm. The milk plunger measures approximately 590x140 at the base. All objects are in good condition.

    The 'Conway Tighe collection' is a well-provenanced suite of objects that collectively lend insight into the experience of delivering milk by horse-drawn vehicle in Essendon during the mid to late twentieth century, and the management of the privately-owned Lincoln Park Dairy. Dairy farming and distribution has long been central to Australia's industrial, labour and agricultural history. Despite evolving patterns of urban living and consumerism, the Tighe family carried out local milk deliveries for sixy years until 1987, far beyond many of their contemporaries.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Bluestone Cottage with Springfield main house in the background
    Australian bush scene, with a quote from A.B. Paterson
    Constance Faithfull & Edgar Deane in England
    Envelope addressed to

    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.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Bark painting depicting circles in a geometric design by P. Teeampi, Bathurst Island
    Painting depicts a kangaroo
    Painting depicts two fish opposing each other
    'Mala and the bad uncles at Tjikarri (II)', painted by Johnny Warangula Tjupurrula, 1976
  • Graham Dash and Carol Sampson collection(1)

    Racing silks in the colours of Tony Santic

    The Graham Dash and Carol Sampson Collection consists of a framed set of racing silks, specifically a shirt and cap, in the colours of Makybe Diva. Placed in the bottom of the frame is a photograph of jockey Glen Boss wearing the silks while racing Makybe Diva. The jacket has also been signed by Glen Boss.

    This collection relates to the racehorse Makybe Diva, made famous by her unprecedented three consecutive Melbourne Cup wins. After beginning racing in 2002, she quickly captured the attention of the nation. Makybe Diva finished her racing career in 2005 as Australia's highest stakes winning horse. Her legendary on track feats have placed her among great racing icons such as Phar Lap and Carbine. Since the early 19th century, horseracing has gone on to become an integral part of Australia's sporting culture and social history.

  • David Westcott collection no. 7(7)

    Keep the Home Fires Burning
    Family portrait taken about 1895
    Souvenir from France
    London Bridge, London

    The Monarchy, World War One and Sport collection (David Westcott Collection no. 7) consists of one souvenir matchbox holder celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953; eight postcards and three photographs from World War One and one music book entitled "Keep Your Tail Up Kanagaroo".

    The Monarchy at the time Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in 1953 and her Royal Tour of Australia in 1954 appealed as a mixture of celebrity, genealogy and pageantry. The Monarch and other members of the Royal Family played an important role in fostering a sense of personal identification between the subject/citizen and the state and small items such as this matchbox holder brought the image of the monarch into everyday life. The sending of postcards reached its zenith in Australia between 1900 and 1920. With the separation caused by overseas service during World War One, postcards became an important way to reduce the pain of absence and anxieties about separation for those at the front and those at home. The music book entitled "Keep Your Tail Up Kangaroo" illustrates the significance of both cricket and Kangaroo iconography in Australian popular culture. The use of imagery based on or incorporating native fauna provided a useful means for Australian artists and manufacturers to promote a sense of distinctness from other established and emergent nations.