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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    New Railway Station, Sydney, NSW, from Pitt Street
    Mount Morgan Mine and Dam, Queensland
    On the Beach, Coogee, Sydney
  • Michael Cook collection(10)

    Undiscovered #2, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #3, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #6, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
    Undiscovered #4, from a series of ten prints by Michael Cook, 2010
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Lock Hing China Ware Store, 33 Queen's Road
    Chinese Government Radio Service radiogram
    Silverwear Dept, Memo Lane Crawford Ltd. Gold Watch and gold bracelet
    Received three letters so pleased Georgie very happy at school pleasant trip love from all, Innes
  • Geoff and Sheila Lacy collection(1)

    Section of the Number 2 rabbit-proof fence from Hill View Homestead, Meekatharra, WA

    The Geoff and Sheila Lacy collection consists of a length of wire mesh fence stretched between two dried and cracked grey wooden fence posts, with plain fencing tension wires along the top edge and middle and lower sections. A length of barbed wire is strung between the posts and secured through a hole in the top of each post.

    Forty years after their release in Victoria and South Australia in the late 1860s, European wild rabbits took advantage of good seasons to begin a relentless advance west across the Nullarbor Plain. Rabbits moved through South Australia at the rate of 110-130 kilometres a year. They entered Western Australia along the coast and north of the Nullarbor. Following a Royal Commission to �Enquire into the Rabbit Question� in February, 1901, the Western Australian government built a series of rabbit fences across the Australian continent from north to south. The advance of rabbits beyond the No. 1 fence-line, before its completion, necessitated the construction of the No 2 fence which was built roughly parallel with No 1 - 90�160km further west - starting from Point Anne on the South Coast through Cunderdin to Yalgoo , joining the No 1 at Meekatharra at Gum Creek. It was approximately 724 miles (1158 kilometres) long and completed in 1904. The section of No 2 fence in this collection is from the Lacy�s property �Hill View� near the junction of the No 1 and No 2 fences at Gum Creek corner (west of �Hill View� homestead). A third fence was completed in 1907. The combined length of the three fences was 2,023 miles (3237 kilometres), built at an average cost of £167/1/- (around $400) per mile. While the rabbit fences failed to exclude rabbits from Western Australia the structures are valued today for their role in keeping out dingoes, kangaroos and feral goats.

  • Social History Museums (South Australia) collection(172)

    Australia Day, 1918
    Anzac Day - Lest We forget Gallipoli, 25 April, 1915
    Australia Day 1916
    War Orphans Appeal, Lest We forget, Legacy Club
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    The Magellan Clouds
    Borolo-borolo, work on paper, Yirrkala, 1948
    Unidentified bird
    Wooden paddle
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Matthew Arnold
    Membership card for Mrs W.H. Faithfull Anderson to the Australian Polo Club
    Bluestone Cottage with Springfield main house in the background

    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.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    The Jubilee Book of Cricket by Prince Ranjitsinhji.
    J.T. Tyldesley from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia.
    Autograph book containing the autographs of Australian, English, Scottish & South African cricketers that Mayne played against during the 1921 tour to England and South Africa
    Paperback book titled 'With Stoddart's Team in Australia' by Prince Ranjitsinhji, 1898