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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Tourist.
    Length of linen tape
    Handwritten recipe for an ointment
    The Tourist.

    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(7553)

    Bunbury looking East
    Group of school boys from
    On Torrens Lake, Adelaide
    Opossum
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Letter
    Pleasant trip much love from mummy and Georgie
    LockHing, Japanese Ware Store, No. 37, Queen's Rd, 3 March 1934
    Silverwear Dept, Memo Lane Crawford Ltd. Date 18/6/28
  • Warakurna Tjanpi collection no.2(5)

    Untitled basket by Nancy Nyanyarna Jackson
    Helicopter (Flat Chopper) by Polly Pawuya Jackson
    Y'iwarra Kultu Warakurnala Kutu (The Road to Warakurna) by Jean Burke
    Yilkaringkatjanyayi Pitja (Has the Plane Come?) by Dianne Ungukalpi Golding
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from A.B.
    Convict love token from J. Bailey, 1842
    Convict love token engraved with the name Mary Jones, 1848
    Convict love token from I. Mann, 1844

    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.

  • Ben Chifley collection no. 3(53)

    advertising leaflet and lace sample
    Australian Red Cross Society
    Bereavement card, newspaper clippings and four telegrams
    St Stephen's Womens Guild fete

    The objects in the Ben Chifley Collection refer to the lives of Ben and Elizabeth Chifley, primarily from the Chifleys' days as Prime Minister and Prime Minister's wife, but stretching beyond Ben's death in 1951 until Elizabeth's death in 1962. Significant objects include a letter of condolence to Elizabeth Chifley from Elsie Curtin (former PM John Curtin's wife) on the death of Ben Chifley (above), photos of Chifley as a young boy and a bible on which Chifley was sworn in as minister in the short-lived Scullin government of 1931.

    Joseph Benedict Chifley was Australia's sixteenth Prime Minister, leading the Australian government between 1945 and 1949. This period was one of particular importance in Australian history, being the time during which many of the contours of post-War Australian social and economic development were established. Chifley also articulated the values of the reforming Labor Party in his "Light on the Hill" speech of 1949. However, the election of December that year saw the beginning of a drastic re-alignment of political allegiances in voting behaviour, leading to over twenty years of conservative dominance in Australian politics. An understanding of Ben Chifley, in both his private and public guises, illustrates much about this crucial era in post-War Australian history.

  • I Dowdle collection(8)

    Document relating to the pardon of convict Thomas Jacques of Van Diemen's Land
    Affidavit related to the proposed marriage between convicts William Brakefield and Maria Downes
    First leaf of Record of Sessions House, Old Bailey
    Second leaf of Record of Sessions House, Old Bailey
  • Jon Lewis collection(653)

    Portrait photograph of Paddy Wainburranga
    Portrait photograph of Michael Riley
    Portrait photograph of Charles Waterstreet
    Portrait photograph of Maisy Middleton

    The exhibition 'Face to Face - 200 Portraits 1986 - 1988' created by Jon Lewis is a map of the face of Australia during the Bicentennial year, 1988. The striking images have become a signature piece of the National Museum of Australia's permanent Eternity gallery, having been purchased by the Museum in 2001.

    Jon Lewis is an internationally recognised photographer who is renowned for depicting snapshots of everyday life with warmth and humanity. The photographs were all taken in Lewis' Sydney studio. The portraits are in black and white and are a mixture of notable Australians and unknown members of the general public, of varying ages and backgrounds.

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