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  • Sir Roland Wilson collection no. 2(17)

    A toy wagon constructed from a Vehicle Construction Kit
    Tricycle constructed from a Vehicle Construction Kit
    Two wheeled trolley constructed from a Vehicle Construction Kit
    A toy car constructed from a Vehicle Construction Kit

    The Roland Wilson Collection represents Wilson's private hobbies rather than his long and successful position as Secretary to the Treasury. The collection includes a Vehicle Construction Kit which Wilson developed in the early 1950s, notes and photographs related to the kit, a range of drawing instruments, and a homemade radiogram and wooden cabinet that were constructed in the late 1940s. The key object within the collection is the Vehicle Construction Kit which was patented in the United States in 1956. The kit was one of Wilson's many inventions, and when assembled would form several wheeled vehicles for children. Most of these vehicles were modelled upon adult objects of industry or modes of transportation, and were possibly designed to familiarise children with adult skills and chores. The Roland Wilson Collection represents the creative spirit in Australia, and also reveals the private hobbies of a public Australian individual.

  • Anne Fairbairn collection no. 1(3)

    Barrister's wig tin used by Sir George Houstoun Reid

    Barrister's grey horsehair wig worn by Sir George Houstoun Reid

    Barrister's wig tin stand used by Sir George Houstoun Reid
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Artesian Bore, Australia
    Australia Greets America
    Valley camping ground, Wye River, Vic
    River with a letter
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Copy negative - Dr Herbert Basedow on South Australian Government North-west Expedition, near present-day Granite Downs station, South Australia, photographed by Alfred E. Treloar using Basedow's camera, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Bush scene, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory. The stringy-bark has had its bark removed for the purpose of constructing a canoe, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1911
    Film negative - Portrait of a woman, Ooldea, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Group Aboriginal children and women, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Envelope addressed to Miss Lilian Faithfull
    End of Friar's Grag, Derwent Water
    Four female figures mounted on horseback and one female figure standing beside a horse.
    Black and white photograph of the white stringybark post into which William Percy Faithfull put a bullet when shooting at Bushranger Gilbert about the end of January 1865

    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.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Autograph book signed and dated by E.R. Mayne, and containing the autographs of the teams which Australia played against on two tours, 1912 and 1913 to England, Canada, USA & Bermuda
    Man standing beneath a roll of honour in the club room of East Melbourne Cricket Club
    C. Blythe from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Long narrow mesh bag formed from two-ply looped fibre-string
    Armband from Milingimbi, N.T.Used in Narva ceremony, 'Yiritja', Cape Stewart.
    The Hammerhead Shark, work on paper, Oenpelli, 1948
    Weapon - Spear
  • Professor Peter Spearritt collection no. 2(185)

    Pennant commemorating the Royal Visit 1954
    Paul Keating caricature fridge magnet
    The Queen and Prince Charles money box
    Our Glorious Queen, Loyal Welcome, Royal Tour 1954

    The Professor Peter Spearritt collection No. 2 is divided into four categories; British Royal Family memorabilia, Australian Republic Movement material, T-shirts with Indigenous motifs and anti-logging material. The British Royal Family memorabilia category predominantly relates to Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 tour of Australia. The items were specifically collected by the vendor for the 1993 exhibition entitled Australians and the Monarchy. The Australian Republic Movement material was also featured in this exhibition. The Indigenous motifs t-shirts and the anti-logging material were collected for the 1992 exhibition Lie of the Land. Both exhibitions were jointly created by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Spearritt was the head curator of both exhibitions.