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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3506)

    The Printing Machine
    Black pouch-shaped bag
    The Printing Machine
    Wedding of Pamela Marion Faithfull to John Hawthorne Hall in 1945

    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.

  • Terence Lane collection(172)

    Plaster koala on a branch
    Unofficial Australian coat of arms - Advance Australia
    Kangaroo letter opener with a tortoiseshell blade
    Blue glass and silver plate cup and saucer

    This collection consists of approximately 180 objects of Australiana, predominantly featuring the kangaroo. It encompasses a wide range of styles produced in Australia and overseas over a period of 150 years. The collection is diverse and includes decorative art objects, such as a Doulton umbrella stand, as well as an assortment of ephemera from several postcards to a matchbox.

    This collection has been amassed by Terence Lane, a former Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria over a period of 20 years. During this period, many of the items collected were not in high demand. However, they have since become eagerly sought and the result is a collection which has increased in cultural value. It is considered the best collection of kangaroo theme items in Australia.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7624)

    Mosman Bay
    St Stephens Parish Churches
  • Baron Ferdinand von Mueller collection(158)

    Eriostemon correifolius
    Prostanthera Melissifolia
    Haloragis micrantha
    Gleichenia Flabellata
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2102)

    Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters) at Warnarn Rockhole
    Poster with image by J Samuels
    Canadian Mask
    Poster featuring a seated man making fire surrounded by hand made objects

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • Margaret Heap collection(10)

    Dolly clothes peg
    Dolly clothes peg
    Dolly clothes peg
    Dolly clothes peg
  • Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1(203)

    Goanna sculpture
    Lizard sculpture
    Goanna sculpture
  • Stan Mitchell collection(1321)

    Sample of munyeroo seeds
    Ground edge hatchet head [stone implement]
    Sample of Munyuro seeds