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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    A pencil sketch depicting a woman
    Unidentified man
    Dianthus Carthus Ianorum

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Balmoral, Sydney, N.S.W
    Beautiful Shoalhaven River, Nowra, NSW
    Valley camping ground, Wye River, Vic
    She begged of him to keep her grave plot green
  • Charles Hart collection(489)

    Mourning disc
    Hair and fibre string belt from Melville or Bathurst Island
    Model of bark canoe from Melville or Bathurst Island
  • Geoff Gray collection(20)

    Standard Half Bushel gun-metal grain measure
    Standard Bushel gun-metal grain measure
    Standard Peck gun-metal grain measure
    Set of three official standard gun-metal grain measures
  • Swan Richards collection(7)

    Australian One-Day International Cricket Team baggy yellow cap, worn by wicket keeper Rod Marsh
    Baggy green cricket cap with embroidered coat of arms on the front, worn by Greg Chappell
    Pair of wicket keeper's leather gloves worn by Australian wicket keeper Rod Marsh
    Trophy presented to Queensland wicket keeper Wally Grout for his world record feat of taking eight catches in an innings against Western Australia at Brisbane in 1960

    The Swan Richards collection consists of seven items relating to Australian cricket in the twentieth century. It includes Bill O'Reilly's NSW Sheffield Shield blazer, Rod Marsh's wicket keeping gloves and one day international cap, Greg Chappell's Australian Test cap and cricket bat and Wally Grout's wicket keeping gloves and world record 8-catch ball mounted as a trophy.

    Robert 'Swan' Richards, a well known cricket identity and recipient of the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, collected these objects during his career as a cricket bat maker and businessman. The items in the collection relate to the history of Australian cricket from the end of the Second World War to the 1980s. During these five decades cricket changed immensely, from a game played by amateur sportsmen to one played by professional sportsmen in a commercial atmosphere.

  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Menu for a Luncheon on the 7th of July 1942 at Parliament House Canberra
    Invitation 'To meet Mr Tatsuo Kawai, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Japan...', 1941

    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.

  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Australia XIX Olympic Games Mexico 68 pennant
    American and NSW women swimmers at Toowoomba, Queensland, 1911
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Gertrude Ederle, New York, 1922
    American and NSW women swimmers at Toowoomba, Queensland, 1911
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Fonthill Sire, 1983, 2 year old, 6 months wool
    Second Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1889
    Second Prize awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887