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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Sauchie House
    Four women, with a stone wall
    S.S. Electra at the Wharf, Taree
    Crawfordsburn Inn, Co. Down
  • Arrival of the Australian fleet in 1913 collection(1)

    Royal Australian Navy pamphlet

    The arrival of the Australian Fleet in 1913 collection contains one colour pamphlet, which is 29.6 x 20.3cm when folded in half. It has slight tears to the edges and minor discolouration overall.

    In the first decade of the 20th century, Australians realised that they could no longer rely on the British Navy to protect them. The creation of a navy was deemed necessary for defence and became a symbol of national cohesion, identity and pride. This pamphlet was given to selected NSW school children who were invited to Sydney to watch the arrival of the naval fleet. It is ripe with Australian symbolism: wattle, the Australian coat of arms and the flag are all present.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    The Barramundi
    Wood carving - water bird
     The Two Men, Nabira-mira
    Weapon - Spear
  • Coulson collection(13)

    Hermannsburg style painting titled 'Haast's Bluff', by Albert Namatjira
    Hermannsburg style painting, titled 'Range Scene',  by Benjamin Landara
    Hermannsburg style painting titled 'Western MacDonnell Ranges', by Basil Rantji
    Hermannsburg style painting, titled 'Range Scene',  by Henoch Raberaba

    This collection was selected in 1958 and 1959 by Rex Battarbee at the request of the owner's father, Mr Bill Coulson, then President of the Queensland Society of Amateur Anthropologists. There was considerable interest and appreciation of Aboriginal art at that time, of both traditional works and art produced using western materials. Mr Coulson was a collector with a great personal interest in this art. He was also the producer of two films of the outback and one film of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Diary note of E R Mayne's sightseeing trip to Loch Lomond, Scotland, whilst on tour with the Australian Cricket Team in 1921
    Dinner menu from R.M.S. Niagara with the autographs of the 1913 Australian Cricket team
    Photograph of cricketers E.R. Mayne and Frank O'Keeffe on board
    Photograph of a pavilion at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Gweneth Meyers collection(424)

    Card with text
    Handwritten note dated
    Handwritten note for a reorder of
    Handwritten note regarding the fitting of new frames

    The Gweneth Meyers collection consists of material from the radio communications interests of the donorÂ?s husband Morris Henry Meyers OBE, and optometrist equipment and a telescope used by Gweneth MeyerÂ?s grandfather, Llewellyn Preston Williams, a pharmacist who migrated to Australia from England in 1890. The collection includes a wireless transmitter and receiver used by Meyers in his ham radio work, QSL cards from his radio communications, and photographs of Meyers with the equipment.

    Interested in electronics and communications from an early age, Morris 'Morrie' Meyers was licenced as an amateur radio operator from the early 1930s. MeyerÂ?s skill and interests lead to his election to the Fine Operators Club and the AI Operators Club, and membership with the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia and the Wireless Institute of Australia, in which he also served as president and executive member. He served with the RAAF Wireless Reserve, and was sent to Borneo, New Guinea and other sites in the Pacific region, being commissioned in 1941 and after rising to the rank of Wing Commander was awarded the Order of the British Empire. After the war, Meyers began a career with Qantas as Communications and Electronics Manager.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Black and white photograph of a horse behind a post and rail fence in front of the stables at Springfield
    Digitalis Ambigua
    Globularia Nudicaulis
    Mauve satin covered ladies right shoe

    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.

  • Guiseppe Picone collection(28)

    Spanner with a 25mm jaw at one end and a 16mm hex at opposite end
    Wooden mallet
    Metal 'hurricane' kerosene lamp with glass chimney, cotton wick and wire handle
    Handmade awl