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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3502)

    The Tourist.
    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.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(3654)

    This is my mother
    Going to Darwin
    Child's drawing
  • Alex and Paddy Stitt collection(14)

    Life. Be in it T-shirt
    Life. Be in it. Exercisements
    Life. Be in it poster
    Life. Be in it comic strip featuring Norm, 902

    The Alex and Paddy Stitt collection comprises a number of objects relating to the Life. Be In It public health campaign of the late 1970s and 1980s. In the collection are one T-shirt bearing the Life. Be In It logo, worn by Alex Stitt, the animator of the original Life. Be In It campaign, T-shirt bearing the Life. Be In It logo, produced in association with World Cricket series, three original Norm comic strips, drawn by Alex Stitt, six Life. Be In It posters promoting exercise and a healthy life, one Life. Be In It book describing games to play, one Life. Be In It book titled 'Walkies' detailing walks in Victoria where pets can be taken.

    The Life. Be In It public health campaign was initiated by the Victorian state government in 1975 and then taken up by the Federal government in 1978 and introduced throughout Australia. Life. Be In It aimed to educate the Australian public about exercise in a fun and non-threatening manner, making it part of everyday routine. The campaign was developed by the advertising group Monahan Dayman Adams and promoted through community announcements on television, cartoons in newspapers and also through community groups. Life. Be In It achieved a 94% recognition rate in 1984 and represents an important collaboration between government an advertising in creating awareness about the importance of public health.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7550)

    A winter glow
    St. Philomena's Convent
    Beach House, Coogee
    Middle Harbour from the Spit Road
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Weapon - Spear
    Armband - Milingimbi, N.T.
    Message stick - Yirrkala, 1948
    The Black Ant, Uaipa
  • Paul Bridges collection(1)

    British MkIII Pattern 1944 military steel helmet painted with the Trotskyist slogan 'OUT NOW', adopted to protest the Vietnam War
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of two women swimmers at Tooowoomba, Queensland, 1911
    American and NSW women swimmers at Toowoomba, Queensland, 1911
    Souvenir miniature cricket bat, signed by the 1987 Australian and English women's cricket teams
    Autographed photograph of Australian swimmer Fanny Durack
  • Royal Australian Historical Society collection no. 2(28)

    Remains of a
    Matching cased pair of French .50 calibre duelling pistols with accessories, used by Sir Thomas Mitchell in Sydney in 1851
    Colt 1849 .31 calibre, 5-shot, single action, percussion pocket revolver

    Single shot .22 rim fire target pistol.