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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Nineteeth Sunday After Trinity
    Light fawn felt high-crowned top hat
    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon 1915
    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon 1915, depicting the interior of the house

    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.

  • David Westcott collection no. 6(22)

    Embroidered silk postcard from World War One
    Silk embroidered postcard from World War One
    Second World War Prisoner of War Banknote
    Second World War Prisoner of War Banknote

    The Bradman, World War One and agricultural collection (David Westcott) consists of five World War One silk postcards; six 19th century agricultural show prizes; eight "Japanese invasion money" notes from the Netherlands East Indies; one book on Donald Bradman (1948).

    With the separation caused by overseas service during World War One, postcards became an important way to reduce the pain of absence for those at the front and those at home. Silk postcards, initially hand-made in France but later mass produced, were a popular souvenir to send home. The Japanese Government authorised various printings of so-called "invasion money" to equate approximately with each occupied country's pre-war currency. After Japanese forces were defeated, the Allies destroyed all known "invasion money" issues, but many examples were souvenired by servicemen. The agricultural show certificates provide and important link into the agricultural economy of Federation-era Australia (in particularly the Victoria-New South Wales border). The book on Donald Bradman was written by journalist and selector AG Moyes. Moyes was a State selector who helped bring Bradman into top class cricket. He was clearly a great admirer of Bradman, as well as a friend. The book is an example of the development of the Bradman legend at a key moment in "The Don's" career.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Britannia falls, Wentworth Valley of Waters
    Hearty good wishes, greetings from Grahamstown, near Adelong
    Cremorne Point from Neutral Bay, NSW
    Postcard featuring a mounted photograph
  • Paul Bridges collection(1)

    British MkIII Pattern 1944 military steel helmet painted with the Trotskyist slogan 'OUT NOW', adopted to protest the Vietnam War
  • David Crane and Alice Sutton collection no. 2(13)

    Bark roofing slab 1
    Fence strainer
    Silage/hay cutter
    Wooden handle rake
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 5(60)

    Rainbow snake.
    Bark painting 'A mam or namandi spirit in Margolidjban' by Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru, Gunbalanya, 1968
    Bark painting 'Nimbuwa rock' by Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Gunbalanya, 1968
    Bark painting 'The mimi man Normogormo on his way from Majong to Guriba' by Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Gunbalanya, 1968
  • Andrzej Jedrzejowski collection(37)

    Contract with the Army written in Polish on green paper, titled 'Army Form Number B271a'
    Card permit authorising A Jedrzejowski to drive mechanically-propelled vehicles of Groups 1 & 3
    Certificate permitting A Jedrzejowski leave from 1400-2300 hours on 31 August 1946, for the purpose of going to Naples
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Lucy Freeman
    Black and white photograph of Randwick District Rugby Union Football Club, 1st Grade, 1923
    Australian swimmers Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie with British swimmer Jennie Fletcher
    Black and white photograph of women's swimming team, possibly Ella Smith, c.1920s