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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Yachting Sydney Harbour, Bonnington's Irish Moss
    Medicine is to be taken in Water
    Bridge with horses and horseless buggies
    Meal time
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Charles Waldron, 1844
    Convict love token from William Kennedy, 1832
    Convict love token from H. Honey, 1834
    Convict love token, heptagonal in shape, 1827

    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.

  • Geoff Pryor collection no. 2(3)

    Thong Thrown at Owner of the First Victa.....
    Two illustrations - First Victa Lawnmower and First Ear Muffs
    Boot Thrown at the Owner of the First Victa
  • Turner and Valentine Families collection(177)

    Photograph of John Turner
    Colin Turner of Dunoon
    The Stool Journals
    Exercise book containing handwritten compositions
  • Barry Williams collection(60)

    Scout's Artist badge certificate
    Scout's Ambulance Man badge certificate
    Scout's Fireman badge certificate
    Scout's Plumber badge certificate

    The Barry Williams collection comprises 53 items of 1940s scout memorabilia, including awards and items of uniform from the Surry Hills scout troop, Sydney. Awards such as badges, cords, shoulder tabs and dated certificates are a complete material record of the donor's progress from scout to king's scout. The collection contains the full range of awards available to scouts in the 1940s, except for two awards.

    This collection records a scouting experience that is typically Australian. The 1940s marks a stage of great popularity for the Scouting movement when they were a very visible presence in Australia. The Surry Hills scout troop was disbanded in the 1990s, the demise of the group was probably caused by the changing demographic and social values, of the people living in Surry Hills. This collection is a record of a past urban scouting experience in Australia. It is also evocative of some of the social changes that have taken place in Australia, that have contributed to the decrease in popularity, of the scouting movement.

  • Adrian Luck collection no. 1(56)

    Heliopolis Camp, Cairo
    General Military Hospital Heliopolis
    Beni Souef Bank of Egypt
    Australian Engineers, Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Greeting card 'France, Christmas 1916'
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Tourist.
    Black and white photograph of the white stringybark post into which William Percy Faithfull put a bullet when shooting at Bushranger Gilbert about the end of January 1865
    Mauve satin covered ladies left shoe
    Photographic portrait of Field Marshal Sir John D P French

    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.

  • Wal Hick collection(20)

    Protestant Alliance Friendly Society certificate noting membership of 52 years for Herbert Hick
    United Grand Lodge of New South Wales (UGLNSW) Clearance Certificate, Lodge Ibis No 361 for Herbert Walter Murri Hick
    Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) jewel in leather case
    United Grand Lodge of New South Wales (UGLNSW) membership certificate for Herbert Walter Murri Hick

    The Wal Hicks Collection includes three Presbyterian Alliance Friendly Society collars plus an Independent Order of Odd Fellows collar and long-service jewel. These items of regalia were worn by Ernest Wilkinson, his son-in-law Herbert Hick and, his grandson Wal Hick, at various times. Ernest was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Narrandera from about 1911 to at least 1939, whilst the Hicks, father and son, were members of Protestant Alliance Friendly Society Lodge 194 (Griffith) from the 1930s to 1965/66 and 1957 to 1962, respectively.

    The first Australian friendly societies ~ essentially mutual benefit societies ~ were established in the 1830s. By the end of the 19th century they were an important part of Australian social life with their total expenditure on charity works being greater than that of all colonial governments and voluntary organisations. Their objective was to create a measure of financial security for working people, particularly in times of illness or the death of a family member. These benefits were provided at a time before governments provided such support. The fraternal side of their activity effectively ended with the compulsory Medibank scheme, introduced in 1975. Some disappeared altogether whilst others moved into new areas of financial activity.