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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Wollongong Harbour
    Observatory, Sydney
    Australian Aborigines Camp, NSW.
    Greeetings from Bowral - Bowral in snowtime
  • Arrival of the Australian fleet in 1913 collection(1)

    Royal Australian Navy pamphlet

    The Arrival of the Australian Fleet in 1913 collection contains one colour pamphlet, which measures 29.6 x 20.3cm when closed. It has slight tears to the edges and minor discolouration overall, but is otherwise in good condition.

    In the first decade of the 20th century, Australians realised that they could no longer rely on the British Navy to protect them from the perceived threat of invasion. The creation of a navy was deemed necessary for defence and became a symbol of national cohesion, identity and pride. The 18,000 ton battle-cruiser, HMAS Australia, was the flagship of the fleet. It enjoyed popular adulation and its size gave Australians a sense of security during the naval arms race which preceeded World War I. The government wanted the upcoming generation of Australians to appreciate the significance of the new Royal Australian Navy and invited two children from every state school in country NSW to Sydney to watch the arrival of the fleet on 4 October 1913. The children were given this pamphlet to remember their visit. The pamphlet is ripe with Australian symbolism: wattle, the Australian coat of arms and the flag are all present. The young woman heralding the fleet's arrival into Sydney harbour symbolises the young, recently federated nation of Australia.

  • J B Young Ltd collection(228)

    Wages book
    Letter to the National Retail Merchants Association declining the Association's invitation to an Awards Luncheon
    International award to firm
    Letter from the National Retail Merchants Association to J B Young advising of their nomination for an International Community Service certificate of commendation
  • The Christensen Fund collection no. 2(6)

    The Aboriginal Inhabitants
    N'lle Hollande Baie des Chiens-Marins Presqu'ile Peron Entrevue avec les Sauvages
    Les marins de l'Astrolabe partagent leur peche avec les naturels.
    Sauvage de la Nouvelle-hollande venant de combattre. (Port Jackson)
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    School report
    Depicts a flower
    Stromkarlen, Trollhattan.
    Mother Shipton's Prophecy

    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.

  • Adrian Luck collection no. 1(56)

    Heliopolis Camp, Cairo
    Beni Souef Bank of Egypt
    Australian Cavalry Parading in Cairo
    Heliopolis Red Cross Hospital, Cairo
  • Jack Heenan collection(25)

    Hard black plastic jewellery box
    Holden tiepin
    Pair of Holden Torana cufflinks
    Metal tray for Holden: The First Twenty Years 1948-1968

    The Jack Heenan collection comprises memorabilia, artwork, clothing accessories and industry journals relating to the career of Jack Heenan who worked for General Motors Holden (GMH) from 1935 until his retirement in 1974. He began his career working in forecasting, but later transferred to the sales department. These objects were used by Mr Heenan in his daily working life.

    GMH has played an important role in the history of Australian motor transport. The early model Holdens (the FX and FJ) are among the most recognisable cultural artefacts of 1950s and 1960s Australia. Motoring memorabilia illustrates the passionate connection some people feel towards motoring and Holden cars. The creation of marketing symbols as functional and collectible items also demonstrates the nature of Holden's powerful marketing campaigns. This collection of objects also traces the evolution of Australia's motoring history, Holden's own sense of its history and connection to post-war development, and Holden's continuing prominence in the popular imagination.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Members ticket to the Marylebone Cricket Club England 1934
    Man standing beneath a roll of honour in the club room of East Melbourne Cricket Club
    Diary note on E R Mayne's sightseeing trip to Pretoria, South Africa, whilst on tour with the Australian Cricket Team in 1921
    Hand signed letter from Don Bradman to Edgar R. Mayne inquiring about the possible sale of Mayne's sports store in Melbourne, 1931