page loading
Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Collection Explorer



  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Puntawarri, Jilakurru and Kumpupirntily' by Dadda Samson and Judith Samson, 2008
    'Blood on the Ground, Wells 33-41' by Clifford Brooks, 2007
    'Pangkapini, Minyipuru' by Mulyatingki Marney, 2007
    'Nyaru' by Brandy Tjungurrayi, 2007

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    High Street, Fremantle, and the vignette is captioned
    Railway Bridge, Bridgewater, South Australia
    The landing jetty, Colombo - Lipton series
    Botanical Gardens, Sydney. NSW
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Diary note of E R Mayne's sightseeing trip to Loch Lomond, Scotland, whilst on tour with the Australian Cricket Team in 1921
    Cricket blazer
    1928/29 English Cricket team
    Diary note on E R Mayne's sightseeing trip to Pretoria, South Africa, whilst on tour with the Australian Cricket Team in 1921
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Two-piece full-length dress consisting of a bodice and a skirt in burgundy duchess satin with inserts of cut velvet in a geometric and floral pattern
    The Cathedral, Iona
    Anemone Coronaria
    Group of people having tea in a garden

    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.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from T.N.
    Convict love token from Thomas Winfield, 1838
    Convict love token from William Weir
    Convict love token from J.P.

    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.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    CHAMPION awarded to Mrs V. Wilson for her 'Jacobean bird' textile panel at the Uralla Show, 1954
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for first prize at the Gresford Agricultural Society for a knitted tea cosy
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Ungarie P.A.H. & I. Association Annual Exhibition, 1960 for first prize for a calico apron
  • Guiseppe Picone collection(28)

    Wooden mallet
    Claw hammer
    Handmade wood drill consisting of spindle and revolving wing held in position along the dowel handle by a length of cord
    Carpenter's folding rule
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) collection - Play School(10)

    Butcher's Shop
    Rocket Clock from Play School with dioramas and their components
    Taj Mahal diorama
    Square, arch and round windows from Play School

    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) transmitted the first episode of Play School in 1966, largely based on the format of the BBC production of the same name which had begun in 1964. For the first series, the set for the Australian show was copied from the British set, however it was soon revised and re-built. The sets on offer to the Museum includes the first and subsequent sets of 'magic windows' - which on the show offer glimpses of the outside world, short pre-taped pieces - as well as the two clocks used to accompany storytelling ('rocket clock' and 'flower clock') and a number of the dioramas used to dress each clock.

    The props used on the set of Play School, like the toys who regularly appear on the show, are instantly recognisable to viewers past and present. Play School itself has always maintained a fixed format and has sought to reflect Australian culture through the themes of the episodes, stories and activities.