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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Eileen Alannah
    City Bridge and Lake Torrens, Adelaide, SA
    Reid's Albion Hotel
    Casting Pig Iron at the Blast Furnace Lithgow, N.S.W
  • Lockhart River Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Centre collection(13)

    Woven oval pandanus and loya cane tray
    Woven pandanus leaf headband
    Pandanus and loya cane coil basket
    Palm leaf water container (akkul)
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Branding horses in stockyard, Innamincka station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Glass plate negative - Plane of marine denudation at Fanny Bay, Darwin, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905(?)
    Film negative - Punch, Lady and Annie, holding the eagle hawk Punch shot, Mt Woodward, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Film negative - Group of people, Mount Currie, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
  • Diana Boyer collection(137)

    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'

    The Diana Boyer collection comprises artworks, annotated sketches and other recordings of life on 'Bobbara Creek', a rural property in the Binalong district of southern NSW, between 1981 and 2007. There are twenty eight items and groups of items in the collection. All are in good condition.

    This collection records the imaginative and emotional processes by which Diana Boyer, a migrant from Argentina, settled in an Australian place. The artworks, sketchbooks and other items show Diana's engagement with the ecological particularities of the Binalong district, and with significant issues arising from the social and economic dynamics of colonial history and the present. The items record Diana's exploration of a range of topics related to her life and work on 'Bobbara Creek', including Aboriginal dispossession, the representation of rural women, the value of biological diversity, the broader implications of introducing genetically modified canola to Australia, and the possible consequences of global warming for Australian agriculture.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Launceston National Agricultural and Pastoral Society of Tasmania for first prize for a bridge cloth
    Certificate for First Prize...Best Worked Table Centre to Mrs V.M. Wilson for her Round Rose tablecloth
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Evandale Agricultural Society Autumn Show, 1975 for second prize for a tapestry bag
    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
  • Canning Stock Route collection(125)

    'Paraku and Walmajarri People' by Veronica Lulu, 2007
    'Kartamarti' by Jukuja Dolly Snell, 2007
    'Nyilangkurr' by Donald Moko, 2007
    'JuntuJuntu: Minyipuru and Kurrkurr' by Nancy Chapman, 2007

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Five girls on horseback including Bobbie and Valerie Faithfull.
    Handwritten recipes
    Cream-coloured dance card titled 'PUBLIC FANCY BALL IN HONOR OF H.R.H. THE DUKE of EDINBURGH K . G.' [SYDNEY, 10th March 1868]
    New Forest, Hampshire

    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.

  • Olive Pink collection(77)

    Hand made pick
    Head ornament
    Pigmented oval shield