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  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Split cane basket
    Narra ceremony by Birrikidji Gumana, Yirrkala, 1967
    Painting depicts a fresh water crocodile surrounded by one
    Oval basket
  • Jorrocks collection(1)

    Oil on linen portrait of the racehorse 'Jorrocks'

    This collection comprises an 1840s(?) portrait of Australian Anglo-Arabian racehorse ��Jorrocks�� (1833-1860) by an unidentified amateur artist. The horse is a chestnut colour, lacking white markings and with a distinctive docked tail. He stands in a simple pastoral landscape against a blue sky. This oil on linen artwork is mounted on a fixed Baltic pine timber strainer measuring 64.3 x 81.2 cm. Although objectively a na�¯ve depiction of Jorrocks, the work bears many compositional similarities to a better-known portrait by Edward Winstanley (1820-1849). The portrait remains in a good state of conservation.

    The 'Jorrocks collection' is a significant early representation of a famed Australian racehorse. Horseracing is a critical aspect of Australian sporting culture, as well as national notions of leisure and social interaction. This work lends insight into the extensive circulation and duplication of visual representations of famed racehorses during the colonial era, and colonial pride in horse ownership. It also allows for exploration of the preoccupation with documenting conformation and pedigree as a marker of strength, stamina and ability, and further demonstrates the contribution of Arabian horse breeders to the development of the Australian racing industry.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Group of seven females and four males.
    Hotel Lorne, Lorne, Vic
    Cumberland River, Lorne
    Thirroul Baths
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Neighbour, a recipient of the the Albert Medal bravery award, Roper River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Glass plate negative - Two men throwing spears
    Glass plate negative - Blue waterlilies (Nymphaea nouchali) in billabong, Barker Gorge, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Women and children coming out of church, Hermannsburg mission, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from John Bloxidge, 1839
    Convict love token from William Williams, 1827
    Convict love token from Henry King, 1831
    Convict love token from William Tugby, 1831

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Dr W P & G Faithfull in account balance sheet with George Faithfull Cr
    Envelope addressed to Mrs A. I. Maple Brown, Fonthill, Lake Bathurst via Goulburn, NSW
    Florence Faithfull in profile seated on a rocking chair.

    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.

  • Dick Roughsey Rainbow Serpent collection(16)

    Goorialla goes down onto the sea, leaving the country peopled with animals as well as humans - Rainbow serpent story painting by Dick Roughsey
    The Wangoo cut Goorialla open and the Bil-bil brothers emerged as Rainbow lorikeets - Rainbow serpent story painting by Dick Roughsey
    Goorialla making Naradunga and Gormungan - Rainbow serpent story painting by Dick Roughsey
    Goorilla tears the mountain to pieces and hurls it all over the country - Rainbow serpent story painting by Dick Roughsey

    The Dick Roughsey Rainbow Serpent collection consists of 16 works produced for the children's book 'The Rainbow Serpent' (1975) by Lardil artist Dick Roughsey (Goobalathaldin).

    The rainbow serpent is an important ancestral being in Indigenous communities and emerged in ancestral stories and related manifestations for the first time some 3,000 to 6,000 years ago. 'The Rainbow Serpent' won a Children's Picture Book of the Year Award in 1976 and was one of seven successful children's books produced by Dick Roughsey in collaboration with his colleague and friend Percy Tresize.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    The Man, Naljanio
    The  North-east wind
    Weapon - Spearthrower