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  • E Redlich collection(24)

    An undated invoice addressed to W Redlich
    Consignment note addressed to Mr E Redlich from the Jinke River Mission dated the 6 December 1961
    Price list from Hermannsburg Mission, 1961
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Bonnie Doon, Lorne, Vic
    A Native Group
    The Lyceum Opened by Spencer's Theatrescope Co.
    Martin Place, Sydney NSW
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Interior of the church at Tirranna decorated for the wedding of Robert Faithfull and Jessie Gibson on 25 April 1888
    On the Death of Puss
    Tom Harris on Creamy

    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.

  • 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.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from William Franklin, June 23, 1819
    Convict love token from John Waine, 1832
    Convict love token engraved with the initials G.E.R., 1828
    Convict love token from John Harris, 1830

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

  • Warakurna History Paintings collection no.2(9)

    Travelling Around on Camels, Mission Times by Eunice Yunurupa Porter, 2012
    Camel Cull by Eunice Yunurupa Porter, 2012
    Land Management, Burning Country by Dianne Ungukalpi Golding
    Governance Training by Eunice Yunurupa Porter, 2011
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    'Dreaming at Kampurarrpa (Kamparrarrpa)', painted by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, 1976
    The Two Women Dreaming by Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi 1974-75
    Giant Devil-Dingo Series - painting depicts the people cutting up Gaiya
    Painting depicts two fish, one is identified as a
  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Menu for Luncheon at Parliament House, Canberra, 3 March 1938
    Luncheon tendered by the Government of New South Wales to The New South Wales and Queensland Members of The Australian Coronation Contingent - Parliament House Sydney, 30th June 1937

    The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

    This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.