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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7550)

    Botanical Gardens, Sydney
    GPO Adelaide, SA
    In the home paddock
    The Scot's College. Bellevue Hill. Rose Bay. N.S.W
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3502)

    Marble Church Near Rhyl
    Mrs Lilian Anderson seated with Clarice standing

    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.

  • Ken Ross collection(20)

    Six day race, Berlin 17-23 February 1922 - Winner's sash
    C.C.L.B.C. 20 Mile Road Championship NSW 1919 sash
    Goulburn to Sydney 1928 sash
    1/2 Mile Country Championship NSW 1926 sash

    The Ken Ross collection comprises 11 medals, 8 sashes and 1 racing jersey which belonged to professional cyclist Ken Ross. Ross competed successfully as a road cyclist in New South Wales during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also among the few Australian cyclists competing in Europe after the First World War and was among the first English-speaking sportsmen to enter German after the conflict had ended. The collection includes medals and sashes won in Australia and Europe.

    The bicycle has played an important role in Australian life since the 1880s, both as a sport and as a means of transportation. Cycle racing was immediately popular with clubs forming in every state by the 1890s. The period after the First World War saw a great revival of competitive cycling and local and interstate competitions drew large crowds and full newspaper coverage. The few Australian cyclists who left Australia in the 1920s to compete overseas established a long tradition of professional cyclists who have achieved success at an international level.

  • Earl Ewers collection no. 1(1)

    Cartoon depicting Prime Minister Harold Holt engaging in various different athletic activities
  • Hilda Creager collection no. 1(254)

    Small pale blue painted wooden commode chair for a child
    Metal carbide lamp
    Soup spoon of nickel silver
    The Speedy Ready Reckoner
  • Papuan Official collection(1043)

    Canoe ornament
    Shell money
    Wooden bowl
  • Robert and Irene Goard collection(43)

    Circular metal film canister used by Frank Hurley
    Stereograph box with 200 stereo-photographs
    Debrie Parvo model 'L' 35mm hand-crank movie camera and accessories, used by Frank Hurley
    Half plate field camera

    The Robert and Irene Goard collection comprises cameras and other photographic equipment owned and used by prominent Australian photographers and businessmen Charles Kerry, George Rose and Frank Hurley and amateur photographer and engineer Ernest Macartney de Burgh. The collection includes a dry whole plate field camera and a wet plate sliding box camera used by Kerry, a Lizars Challenge stereo camera owned by George Rose and a 35mm Debrie Parvo cine-camera acquired by Frank Hurley for the 1929-30 British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expeditions. It also includes a Sanderson folding plate camera awarded to de Burgh by the Institute of Engineers to recognise his securing the prestigious Telford Premium award in 1903-04.

    From the 1880s to the 1920s, professional Australian photographers such as Kerry, Rose and Hurley created an extensive record of urban and rural life in eastern Australia and developed highly successful businesses producing and selling portraits, landscape views and news and event photographs as prints, postcards and stereocards. These photographers also exhibited overseas and imported views of the world, including, for Hurley, of Antarctica, for Australian consumption. Through these practices, photographers such as Kerry, Rose and Hurley shaped both Australians' understanding of and interest in their own social and natural environments and Australians' perception of their place in the world.

  • Dick Roughsey Rainbow Serpent collection(16)

    Painting no. 1, Rainbow Serpent story by Dick Roughsey - Goorialla making Narabullgan
    Painting no. 15, Rainbow Serpent story by Dick Roughsey - Goorialla tears the mountain to pieces and hurls it all over the country
    Painting no. 4, Rainbow Serpent story by Dick Roughsey - Goorialla making Minalinka lagoon
    Painting no. 13, Rainbow Serpent story by Dick Roughsey - The Wangoo cut Goorialla open and the Bil-bil brothers emerged as Rainbow lorikeets

    The Dick Roughsey Rainbow Serpent collection consists of 16 works produced for the children's book 'The Rainbow Serpent' (1975) by Lardil artist Dick Roughsey (Goobalathaldin).

    The rainbow serpent is an important ancestral being in Indigenous communities and emerged in ancestral stories and related manifestations for the first time some 3,000 to 6,000 years ago. 'The Rainbow Serpent' won a Children's Picture Book of the Year Award in 1976 and was one of seven successful children's books produced by Dick Roughsey in collaboration with his colleague and friend Percy Tresize.