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  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Women and children coming out of church, Hermannsburg mission, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Week old baby sleeping in a wooden container, Innamincka station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Glass plate negative - Luritja man demonstrating method of attack with boomerang under cover of shield, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Film negative - Small palm trees and other vegetation, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A West Australian Aboriginal - Black Tracker
    First photo taken of H.R.H. Prince of Wales leaving the 'Renown' to land in Sydney
    Swearing in Lord Hopetoun as Governor General of Australian Commonwealth
    Group of school boys in the 9th grade, with their teacher
  • Meredith Hinchliffe collection no. 1(9)

    International Women's Year -  A Woman's Place is Everywhere
    Women's Liberation March on March 11
    Freedom of Opportunity - International Women's Year 1975
    'Take sex out of the pay packet, equal pay now' printed T-shirt

    The collection consists of a large number of items, including stickers, badges, posters and t-shirts, collected during the early 1970s relating to International Women's Year and Women's Electoral Lobby activities. The collection covers a fairly wide spectrum of organisations and activities associated with the women's movement in the early 1970s and shows links with other countries which had similar movements, including Canada and New Zealand.

    The women's liberation or feminist movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s differed from the 'first wave' feminists of the late nineteenth century, who mainly campaigned for women's suffrage and enhanced roles for women's domestic and familial roles. The later feminist movement involved a large and vociferous group of women who were determined to extend women's choices and rights, and who aimed to change women's social, economic and political roles. They demanded equality in employment, income and education, access to childcare and control over their own bodies through safe abortion and contraception. Various items in this collection symbolise the issues and concerns of the women's movement at this time, including badges on abortion and posters advertising women's liberation marches.

  • Expo '67 - Sound Chair collection(1)

    Mark II Expo '67 Sound Chair

    The Expo '67 Sound Chair collection consists of a Grant Featherston designed, Expo Mark II Sound Chair.

    In 1967 Australia participated in the International and Universal Exposition held in Montreal, Canada. Australia's Expo '67 theme was the 'Spirit of Adventure'. In the 30,000 square feet glass-walled Australian Pavilion, developed by the Australian Government, exhibits explored Australian science, arts, people and development. Visitors could marvel at models of Canberra, the Parkes radio telescope and the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme; a display of Australia's new decimal currency; and a collection of contemporary art. Wool featured strongly, with 40,000 square feet of white wool carpeting covering the walls and the floor. A group of 28 carefully selected young Australians welcomed 20 million visitors to their nation's pavilion. The pavilion was designed as a 'haven' of 'space and tranquillity' floating above an Australian bushland setting. Inside, 240 innovative sound chairs offered 'foot-weary Expo visitors' the chance to hear the voices of famous Australians describing the exhibits, in French as well as English. The Great Barrier Reef was re-created in a lagoon beneath the pavilion while wallabies and kangaroos could be viewed in a sunken enclosure.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Handwritten document titled 'The Old Maid's Thermometer'
    Handmade chart on the uses of French personal pronouns
    Malta- Armoury- Duche's [sic] Palace - Valletta
    Chemin de fer Glion - Rochers de Naye.  Altitude 2044 metres.

    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.

  • Nettie McColive collection(189)


    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting 'Part of the story of Bama Bama the spirit man' by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1967
    Narra ceremony.
    Bark painting depicting sacred waterhole at Bilipinya by Wandjuk Marika, Yirrkala, 1966
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    E.R. Mayne wearing a white suit, carrying binoculars and smoking a cigar
    L.C. Braund from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
    Cricket blazer