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  • Albert Croker collection(1)

    Water buffalo carved by Albert Croker, Melville Island, 1964

    This collection is comprised of a hand carved water buffalo [36 cm long] made by Albert Croker of Milikapiti, Melville Island in 1964. It is made of iron wood and decorated with natural earth pigments.

    Albert Croker (c1908 - 1971) was a senior Tiwi elder and artist. He was a respected carver of traditional 'tutini' poles. The collection represents Croker's interpretation of a water buffalo, a species introduced to Melville Island by early settlers in the early nineteenth century. Croker's carving demonstrates not only his artistic creativity, but also illustrates the flexibility of Tiwi traditional artistic and cultural practice in incorporating new influences.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Ocean Beach, Manly NSW
    Sketches of Tommy's life - At the Base - No 9
    P & O S.S. Sicilia at Port Said
    Begger's Opera. Red Cross Fete, 1922
  • Squatter Game collection(7)

    Squatter board game, 11th edition
    Squatter board game, second edition
    Blue backed game board, from John Sands edition of Squatter board game
    Squatter board game, first edition, owned by game's inventor Robert Lloyd

    The Squatter Game collection consists of nine items related to the 'Squatter' board game, all of which belong to the game's inventor, Robert Lloyd.

    'Squatter's' focus on sheep farming reflects the inextricable link between this industry and Australian history more broadly. Since 1788, wool has been central to Australia's economy, agricultural practices and to the collective consciousness of its people. Early settlers soon discovered that with its infertile soil and dry climate, Australia was well suited to the production of high quality wool. The fibre quickly became the cornerstone of Australian agriculture and the nation is often said to have 'ridden on the sheep's back' as it strove for economic development. The 'Squatter' boardgame, which has been a household favourite in Australia for 45 years, offers players a rough simulation of life as a sheep farmer with all the daily trials and tribulations this entails.

  • Political Cartooning 2006 collection - Pat Campbell(1)

    Scientific whaling

    The Political Cartooning 2006 collection consists of 128 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum of Australia's 2005 2007 Political cartooning targeted collecting project and the Behind the Lines 2006 political cartooning exhibition. There are 48 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, John Spooner, Mark Knight, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Cathy Wilcox and Ward O'Neill.

    The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics and society in 2006. Major topics addressed within the collection include issues such as the Cronulla race riots; Work Choices policy; the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) scandal; Australia's military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands; the continuing threat of global terrorist attacks; the economy; and global warming. Taken together the collection provides a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2006 and demonstrates the quality of Australian political cartooning and illustration.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Lilian Faithfull on her wedding day, 16 February 1898, standing on the verandah at Springfield
    Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver
    Florence Faithfull wearing a dark dress standing beside Lilian Faithfull
    The Tourist.

    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 Allen medals collection(111)

    Northern Agricultural Association 1895 'Pair of Ponies'
    Liverpool Plains P A & H Association 1877 'Arab Stallion'
    Port Phillip Farmers Society 1859 'Hay Cart'
    Kerang Agricultural & Pastoral Society 1885 'Chaff Cutter'

    The David Allen medals collection comprises 111 prize medals awarded at rural and urban agricultural shows across Australia from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries. Medals in the collection are in good to reasonable condition.

    Agricultural and industrial associations formed across rural and urban Australia to foster the development of modern farming systems by promoting new scientific and technological methods. The annual show emerged as a key arena in which the hard work and skill of primary producers were acknowledged and rewarded. Shows also served significant social functions, providing regular occasions to develop and celebrate community ties. Show prizes record the spread and character of rural activities. Medals in the David Allen medals collection feature diverse representations of industrial equipment and rural produce, suggesting the role of the show in characterising agricultural activity as a process of making fruitful the unruly and unfamiliar 'natural' terrains of Australia.

  • W Herbert and C Peters collection(52)

    Brick was made using the 'Knitlock' brickmaking machine
    A corner knitlock brick still in its mould.
    Knitlock corner brickmaking machine designed and used by Walter Burley Griffin
    A wooden corner mould from a 'Knitlock' brick making machine
  • Captain Cook Magnifier collection(3)

    Silver presentation case for a magnifying glass
    Silver presentation case containing a small magnifier, which was given to astronomer William Bayly by Captain James Cook on his third voyage
    Small magnifying glass, given to astronomer William Bayly by Captain James Cook on his third voyage

    The Captain Cook Magnifier collection consists of a tortoiseshell-framed folding pocket magnifier and a silver reliquary, in the shape of a capstan, in which it is housed. The tortoiseshell frame around the magnifier lens is broken at one point, but the lens is in good condition. The silver reliquary is also in good condition.

    Captain Cook's voyages of discovery between 1768 and his death in 1779 produced accurate maps, extensive collections of natural history specimens and ethnographic objects, and major advances in navigation which revolutionised European understanding of the Pacific and laid the path for British colonisation of Australia and New Zealand. The magnifier is an excellent example of the passion for Cook relics which begins with the sale of his effects before HMS 'Resolution's' mast in 1779 and continues to the present day. The magnifier served as a treasured memento of his captain for William Bayly, astronomer on Cook's second and third voyages, and was valued for its associations with both Cook and Bayly by its subsequent recipient and his family.