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  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    Card awarded at the Yass Spring Show, 1906, First Prize
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, Special Prize
  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    Vauxhall car in front of a Penong Hotel SA.
    Narrandera Show medal 1930
    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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Christmas card with begonia decoration
    Ethel Faithfull, seated with baby Florence [Bobbie] on her lap and Lilian Hazel standing on the left.
    British Railways ticket

    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)

    Annual gala sports, 1914. Friendly Societies, Portland
    Boondara, horses hitched to a wagon loaded with wool bales
    Zoological Gardens, Sydney, N.S.W.
    Dead Island, Port Arthur, Tasmania
  • Snowy Scheme - Christine Filiamundi collection(16)

    Florence and Christine Williamson under verandah, Munyang
    Florence and Christine Wililamson in pipeline at Munyang
    Munyang Power Station interior
    Cottage in winter 2

    The Snowy Scheme - Christine Filiamundi Collection consists of sixteen photographs of the construction phase of the Guthega project, including Munyang Power Station.

    The Snowy Scheme is Australia's largest engineering work and one of the great engineering feats of the world. Designed to produce irrigation water and electricity, the Scheme took 25 years to construct, 1949-74. Including 7 power stations, 16 dams and 225 kilometres of aqueducts and tunnels, the Scheme was built by a workforce of 100,000 people, two-thirds of whom came from overseas. The scheme played a major part in making Australia multi-cultural, and also in developing Australia's manufacturing, technical and engineering capacities. This collection, consisting of photographs taken by one of the engineers on the Guthega project, helps to reveal aspects of construction on this inaugural power station project, the experiences of Snowy people in winter, and the experiences of young families associated with the Scheme.

  • Australian Institute of Anatomy collection(163)

  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    The Ministers of State of the Commonwealth request the pleasure of the company meet the visiting South African Footballers, 1937
    Album containing 20 menus, 12 seating plans and 23 photographs from Parliament House in Canberra, dating from 1927 to 1944
    Menu for a Luncheon on the 7th of July 1942 at Parliament House Canberra

    The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

    This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.

  • I Dowdle collection(8)

    Affidavit related to the proposed marriage between convicts William Brakefield and Maria Downes
    Document relating to the pardon of convict Thomas Jacques of Van Diemen's Land
    First leaf of Record of Sessions House, Old Bailey
    Permission for convict Edward Evans to pass from Launceston to Campbell Town Police Office