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  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Diary note on E R Mayne's sightseeing trip to Pretoria, South Africa, whilst on tour with the Australian Cricket Team in 1921
    Handwritten note
    T. Hayward from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
    C. Blythe from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
  • Maningrida Arts and Crafts 1982 collection(22)

    Yarrpany - Dhuwa Honey.
    Bark painting depicting a centre rectangular pole, probably a log coffin, and includes fish and a bird
    Bark painting depicts four fish
    Bark painting depicting two birds and three bottle-shaped objects
  • Dame Pattie Menzies collection no. 1(16)

    Information card
    Information card
    16 millimetre movie camera used by Sir Robert Menzies

    Camera filter cover

    The Dame Pattie Menzies collection no. 1 consists of a leather camera box with embossed initials R.G.M., a magazine Cine-Kodak 16mm camera, 2 boxes Cine-Kodak Kodachrome 16mm safety Colour film, lens, light filter box and cover, light filter in plastic pouch, 25mm lens, film information cards. The camera belonged to former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies and was used by Sir Robert for home movies and to record many of his overseas trips.

    AustraliaÂ?s longest-serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies (1939-1941 and 1949-1966), first entered Federal Parliament in 1934, and became leader of the United Australia Party and Prime Minister in 1939. Following party dissention in 1941, he resigned from office, but became Prime Minister again in 1949 when he won a Federal election as leader of the Liberal Party. A staunch supporter of AustraliaÂ?s continuing links to Britain, famously declaring himself to be Â?British to the bootstrapsÂ?, Menzies had a passion for home movies and his collection, held by the NFSA, shows family events, international travel, national events and Australian life. His movies were filmed on this Eastman Kodak's Cine-Kodak camera, produced from approximately 1925-1950, which was the world's first 16mm movie camera, and the first movie camera manufactured by Kodak intended for use by the general public for home use. The Cine-Kodak was the only hand-crank movie camera manufactured by Kodak. The camera is operated by turning this crank at a steady 2 revolutions per second, producing 16 frames per second. Remnants of green and yellow masking tape, which allowed the Prime Minister to identify his luggage, remain on the embossed leather camera box.

  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Weight and Centre of Gravity Schedule for G-AERD, 16 March 1980
    Certificate of Airworthiness for aircraft HB-OFU in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1937
    Pink copy of Aeronautical Parts Certificate from Hants & Sussex Aviation Ltd
    Receipt from the Swiss Aero Club in German, issued to F. Dafaux

    The Neil Jensen collection consists of a Percival Gull Six aircraft, G-AERD, and associated archive. Made by the Percival Aircraft Company at Gravesend in Kent, England, in 1936, this aircraft was first purchased by Ariane Dufaux of Switzerland and registered as HB-OFU. After passing through several owners in Switzerland, the aircraft was sold to a collector and restored by Cliff Lovell in England where it was featured on the air show circuit and registered as G-AERD. Neil Jensen purchased G-AERD in 1983, and while it was based in Redhill, Surrey it was awarded the Percival Trophy by the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group.

    Born in Albury, New South Wales, in 1897, Edgar Wikner Percival served in Europe and Egypt with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Returning to Australia after the war, Percival operated a commercial aviation business while pursuing opportunities to design and manufacture new types of aircraft. In 1929, he travelled to England to work as a test pilot for the Bristol Aircraft Company, and in 1930 designed and manufactured the first low-wing cantilever monoplanes in the British Commonwealth. Percival formed the Percival Aircraft Company in 1932 and named the new aircraft series 'Gull'. Characterised by their graceful lines, the Gulls had light wooden frames covered with doped (lacquered) fabric and powerful four or six cylinder engines. Percival's Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, with Percival designing racing versions named 'Mew Gulls', which won acclaim in the Kings Cup Air Race.

  • Lockhart River Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Centre collection(13)

    Waatyl grass basket (punya)
    Woven pandanus leaf headband
    Pandanus and loya cane coil basket
    Palm leaf water container (akkul)
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    York street and Wynyard park, Sydney
    Girl standing beside a tree, with a fence in the background
    St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney
  • Project 2000 Taskforce Olympic Games collection(4)

    Sydney 2000 Olympic Games cauldron
    FIFA For the Good of the Game 1977
    Canberra Olympic Games Football
    FIFA Fair Play 1993

    The Project 2000 Taskforce Collection comprises an Olympic Flame Cauldron, a Canberra Olympic football banner and two Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) flags.

    The aim of the taskforce based in the ACT Chief Minister's office was to maximise the sporting, cultural and business opportunities for Canberra presented by the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Canberra was one of four cities outside Sydney which held Olympic Games events, hosting 11 of the 48 soccer matches. The banners and the torch relay played an important part in popularising the Olympic Games in Canberra. The Olympic torch spent three days in Canberra prior to the Games. The football banners are examples of those placed on the main roads leading to Canberra Stadium. The blue FIFA flag was flown at the stadium and the gold FIFA flag was carried on the pitch before the teams at the start of each match.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon 1915
    Envelope addressed to Miss Faithfull, Springfield, Goulburn, NSW, Australia, 22 May 1914
    Handwritten recipe
    Ford Abbey, Oakhampton, Devon

    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.