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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Jubilee Point and Back Beach, Sorrento, Vic
    Rservoirs, Hobart Water Supply
    Bronte Beach, N.S.W.
    Listen in to 2GB Every Sunday at 9am
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Aquilegia Alpine
    Invitation addressed to Miss Faithfull from the Captain and Officers of H. M. S. Calliope
    Three dogs looking at a cage
    School report

    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.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    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 Bribbaree P.A.H. & I. Association 37th Exhibition, 1962  for first prize for a bridge cloth
    Certificate awarded at the Canowindra Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural Association 61st Annual Exhibition, 1962 for first prize for an organdie throwover
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Cudal Agricultural and Pastoral Society 66th Annual Show, 1967 for first prize for a bridge cloth
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Painting depicts rainbows seen during the N-W monsoon, & the storm spirit Djambuwal
    Bark painting depicting pike, file snake, diver bird, water goanna and kangaroo by David Malangi, Milingimbi, 1965
    Bark painting 'The butterflies who sustain the 'shades' with nectar' by Binyinyuwuy, Milingimbi, 1967
    Circumcision  Ceremony.
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1890
    Card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887, First Prize
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1886, First Prize
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887, First Prize
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - His excellency Sir Tom Bridges, Governor of South Australia, planting a tree at Arltunga, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
    Glass plate negative - Expedition caravan crossing sandy desert, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Copy negative - Boy practicing with toy shield and boomerang, Arrernte people, Alberga Creek, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920-1924
  • I Dowdle collection(8)

    Record of Sessions House, Old Bailey
    Second leaf of Record of Sessions House, Old Bailey
    Third leaf of Record of Sessions House, Old Bailey
    Affidavit related to the proposed marriage between convicts William Brakefield and Maria Downes
  • Ben Chifley collection no. 3(53)

    Bathurst City Croquet Club
    Seven Christmas note cards and four envelopes from Mrs Laura Wilkins to Mrs Elizabeth Chifley
    Four letters of condolence to Mrs Clark and two photographs
    Australian Red Cross Society

    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.