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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Photograph of a soldier
    Fitzroy Valley, NSW
    St. Andrews Cathedral Sydney. Church of England
    West Australian Flora no.4
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Black and white photograph depicting a man standing in a garden in front of a large building
    Handwriting on grey paper
    Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke - Wenty in the flowerbed at the Scotts
    Lilian Faithfull, Constance Faithfull; a child, Florence Faithfull with William Pitt Faithfull

    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.

  • Florence Gaby collection(34)

    Round coiled woven basket and coasters
    Coiled basket
    Ivory and amber-coloured armband made from two pieces of curved shell attached at their tapered end

    The Florence Gaby collection comprises thirty-four objects from Australia and Melanesia. It includes weapons from south eastern and central Australia, and basket-ware, sculptures, weapons and sacred objects from Goulburn Island. Two sculptures are possibly from south eastern or southern central Australia. The Melanesian collection comprises lime gourds, body ornaments, a bone dagger and scraper and the dried skin of a puffer fish. Nurse Florence Gaby's was appointed to Fiji in May 1939 and she was on the staff of the Ba Hospital for Indian women and children when she retired in June 1945. Her life and work within the Methodist Overseas Missions included service on Goulburn Island in the 1940s.

    The strength of the collection lies in its connection to Australian Missionary Societies and the nature and diversity of their work with Indigenous people. The National Museum has strong collections, mostly early twentieth century, representing Missionaries and Australian Government officials living and working with Indigenous people in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Western Polynesian. The Florence Gaby Melanesian material will complement these collections as little has been added in the past few decades.

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

    Armband - Milingimbi, N.T.
    Weapon - Spear
    Weapon - Spear
    The Milky Way
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Painting depicts humped rocks, a snake and three human figures
    Liyagalawumirri  mortuary rites.
    Opossum Tree  Dreaming.
    Bark painting 'Napililingu',  Narritjin,1968
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from J.F., 1828
    Convict love token from 1832
    Convict love token from William Tugby, 1831
    Convict love token from T. Jones, 1819

    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.

  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Duke Kahanamoku of Honolulu
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Olga Dorfner
    Black and white autographed photographic postcard of a young girl called Lottie in a swim suit, Sydney, 1915
    Black and white photograph of Randwick Junior Rugby Union Football Club, 2nd Grade Runners-Up, 1920
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1890, Hon.
    Card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1885, Second Prize
    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887