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  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Commodore 3 years
    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1885
  • MacKenzie collection(1473)

    Wet specimen - Horse - Kidney
    Wet specimen - Horse - foetus
    Wet specimen - Horse - brain
    Wet specimen - Horse - heart. This may be the Army horse heart used to compare with Phar Lap's heart at the AIA.
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Handwrittern program for the Hay Show
    Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
    Australian bush scene, with a quote from A.B. Paterson
    London - View in the Hyde Park

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Passing 'it' along the 'wing
    A woman with a bicycle, standing outside a timber house with a veranda
    Q.V. Markets, Sydney, U.S.A. Fleet Visit
    A General view of Narooma, from Pilot Point
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 7(10)

    Bark painting 'Tribal country of the Kangaroos & their mythical journey' by Yirawala, Croker Island, 1970
    Bark painting depicting a large tortoise beside smaller tortoise and a snake facing opposite direction.
    Bark painting depicting two crocodiles.
    Bark painting depicting a large goanna.
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen MV Tampa collection(2)

    Lifebuoy from MV Tampa
    MV Tampa life jacket

    The collection consists of one life jacket and one lifebuoy from the MV Tampa owned and operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen. The objects were part of the standard safety equipment inventory maintained on board the vessel. Both are made of synthetic materials and are fluorescent orange in colour with white reflector strips.

    The Norwegian shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen has played a significant role in Australian trade since 1895. On 26 August 2001 the Wilhelmsen container ship MV Tampa rescued 438 Afghan asylum seekers from the vessel KM Palapa 1 which was sinking in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Christmas Island. During the rescue the crew of the MV Tampa wore life jackets (of the type offered). The asylum seekers became stranded on the MV Tampa when it was refused entry into Australian Territorial Waters. In response to this event, the interception of further illegal arrivals and international terrorism attacks, the Commonwealth Government enacted the 'Pacific Strategy' as a series of bills which looked to strengthen border control and national security.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    The Ngarra Ceremony of the Yirridja Wulageh  People, Bark: Diver Bird Ceremony.  Inv:
    Bark painting ' 'Cursing the Lovers' A painting of retribution' by Paddy Compass Namatbara
    Wooden decorated carving of a pelican
    Gagarrar, Menyaba and Wuluwulg - a Bremer Island story
  • Milleese Morrow Boughton collection(133)

    Invitation to attend the Conseil Mondial de la Paix session de Budapest, 1953, to Bill Morrow
    Funeral card for William Morrow 1980
    Invitation to meet Paul and Eslanda Robeson, Paddington Town Hall, 10 November 1960
    Invitation from the New South Wales Peace Committee for International Co-operation and Disarmament to Meet the Robesons, 1960

    This collection is of great interest because it documents various aspects of the life of William Morrow. While not well known, Morrow is a significant figure in Australian labour history. He came from a working class background, was politicised at an early age, worked in the trade union movement, was elected as a Senator (Tasmania, ALP) and finished his career working for the NSW Peace Council. His strong commitment to international socialism led to his expulsion from the Labor Party on two separate occasions. Following his political career provides an insight into some of the major ideological and political disputes in twentieth century Australia. The collection consists of an oil portrait of Morrow, a pencil portrait and associated ephemera documenting Morrow's political career.