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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pair of thin metal wire spectacles
    Pair of ladies dyed pink satin tango shoes
    Handwritten recipes for potted beef
    School report

    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.

  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Johnny Warren's Order of Australia Medal set in presentation box
    FIFA Centennial Order of Merit medal
    Album and scrapbook containing photographs and ephemera from Japan, 1971
    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1970-1972

    The John 'Johnny' Warren Collection includes an extensive range of materials detailing his days playing for junior teams in the Botany area of South Sydney in the 1950s, through his senior club years in the 1960s and 1970s, and national representative career as a Socceroo from 1965 to 1974. The collection also details Warren's later work as a soccer coach and administrator, journalist and television commentator, and incorporates files and publications related to his work as a government advisor and advocate for the sport.

    Warren was Australia's most famous soccer player who tirelessly championed a sport regarded as a minor footballing code in this country. An attacking midfielder of great speed and skill, he played in the NSW State League and was chosen to represent Australia in 1965. His national representative career stretched over a decade, culminating in his participation in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. After retiring as a player, Warren worked as a coach, administrator, journalist and television commentator promoting the sport he loved. He became the face of Australian soccer, championing the sport for many years through a long and cherished partnership with his colleague and friend Les Murray on SBS Television.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A Day with the Cattle
    Black and white photograph of Burrinjuck Dam, near Yass
    Swearing in Lord Hopetoun as Governor General of Australian Commonwealth
    Man staning beside wood piles.  Hearty Chrismas wishes
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Royal Mail about to leave Oodnadatta, South Australia, for Arltunga, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Lantern slide - Pitjantjatjara man, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920-1924
    Film negative - Cutherson Falls, upper Liverpool River,  Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Glass plate negative - Expedition caravan crossing sandy desert, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Ungarie P.A.H. & I. Association Annual Exhibition, 1960 for first prize for a calico apron
    Champion, awarded to Mrs V. Wilson for 'Piece Fancy Work' for her 'Jacobean bird' textile panel at the 1953 Manilla 19th Annual Show
    Certificate awarded at the The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia Inc., 1960 for first prize for an organdie throwover
    Second Prize awarded for 'Round Rose Tablecloth' at Mount Larcom & District Agricultural Society 21st Annual Show
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Gertrude Ederle, New York, 1922
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Frances Cowells
    Black and white photograph of Wally Meagher, Captain of the Waratahs Rugby Union Team, 1928
    Black and white photograph of Randwick Junior Rugby Union Football Club, 2nd Grade Runners-Up, 1920
  • Hilda Creager collection no.2(4)

    Photocopied pages from a publication featuring John Egge, former owner of the Enterprise paddle steamer on which Hilda Creager worked and used the sewing machine.

    Printed A4 sheet with two colour photographs displaying Singer sewing machine open and closed ...

    Two handwritten notes. The first was found in "Popular Scientific Recreations" . The second re...

    Photocopy of a handwritten document

    The Jocelyn Brown (neé Creager) donation to the Creager Family Collection comprises a Singer sewing machine, table cloth, wall hanging, foot stool, three books and miscellaneous baking tins. The Creagers were part of a River Murray fishing dynasty. They lived on the PS Enterprise and fished the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Darling rivers from 1919 to 1945 when they sold the boat and settled in Mildura.

    Their life on the Enterprise is representative of important social and environmental themes relating to life along the River Murray. Native fish taken from the river system have provided food, economic independence and recreation for many Australians. Their declining numbers reflect the deteriorating health of the River Murray system.

  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Heavyweight wrestling champion Tom Lurich
    Handwritten poem
    Christmas card from Betty Archdale to Ruby Monaghan, 1935
    Merit certificate awarded to Ruby Monaghan