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  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Women and children at campsite, Darwin, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Film negative - Members of the Mackay Exploring Expedition, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Glass plate negative - Expedition buggy on bed of Todd River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Women and children coming out of church, Hermannsburg mission, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Violet Mace collection(1)

    Mug depicting Governor Davey's Proclamation to the Aborigines of Tasmania 1816

    The object is a hand made pottery canister mug, with handle. The decoration on the mug shows scenes from the panels of the 1829 Proclamation illustrations commissioned by Governor Arthur and designed by Surveyor-General George Frankland. On the underside of the mug is a hand painted inscription "19 VM 34 'Governor Davey's Proclamation to the Aborigines of Tasmania 1816' Bothwell Tasmania", indicating the maker of the mug, Violet Mace, the year of production and its original provenance.

    The mug decoration is actually based on the 1860s lithographs of the original 1829 boards illustrating Governor Arthur's Proclamation to the Indigenous peoples of Tasmania. The inscription on the base of the mug repeats the same incorrect title of the later lithograph images, which attributed the illustration and event to Governor Davey in 1816. The mug, made in 1934, is therefore testament to the fact that this image and the incorrect information later attributed to it, were long perpetuated and became iconic in public memory.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Group of school boys from
    The harbour from Woollahra Pt, Sydney, NSW
    Waterfall in Tasmania
    QSL card for VK2DD
  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)


    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Christmas card
    Pencil sketch depicting a landscape
    Pencil sketch depicting three women
    Pair of ladies mauve leather shoes with a baby Louis heel and a narrow pointed toe

    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.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Oval basket
    Bark painting depicting pike, file snake, diver bird, water goanna and kangaroo by David Malangi, Milingimbi, 1965
    Fire dreaming
    Bark painting depicting a male human figure with outstretched hands by David Malangi, Milingimbi, 1965
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Cocktail Party Invitation to Mr K.H. Aumuller, 16 April 1964, London
    LCO Aumuller Powhattan Hankow. Home Sick Nankin Love Innes
    Lock Hing China Ware Store, 33 Queen's Road
  • Professor Peter Spearritt collection no. 2(185)

    Commemorative book
    Souvenir flag of the Royal visit to Australia, 1954
    1954 Royal Visit pennant
    Souvenir flag of the Royal visit to Australia, 1954

    The Professor Peter Spearritt collection No. 2 is divided into four categories; British Royal Family memorabilia, Australian Republic Movement material, T-shirts with Indigenous motifs and anti-logging material. The British Royal Family memorabilia category predominantly relates to Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 tour of Australia. The items were specifically collected by the vendor for the 1993 exhibition entitled Australians and the Monarchy. The Australian Republic Movement material was also featured in this exhibition. The Indigenous motifs t-shirts and the anti-logging material were collected for the 1992 exhibition Lie of the Land. Both exhibitions were jointly created by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Spearritt was the head curator of both exhibitions.