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  • Professor Peter Spearritt collection no. 2(185)

    Royal Visit Souvenir 1954 - Welcome to Australia pennant
    Souvenir flag of the Royal Visit, 1954
    Souvenir flag of the Royal visit to Australia, 1954
    Souvenir flag of the Royal visit to Australia, 1954

    The Professor Peter Spearritt collection No. 2 is divided into four categories; British Royal Family memorabilia, Australian Republic Movement material, T-shirts with Indigenous motifs and anti-logging material. The British Royal Family memorabilia category predominantly relates to Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 tour of Australia. The items were specifically collected by the vendor for the 1993 exhibition entitled Australians and the Monarchy. The Australian Republic Movement material was also featured in this exhibition. The Indigenous motifs T-shirts and the anti-logging material were collected for the 1992 exhibition Lie of the Land. Both exhibitions were jointly created by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Spearritt was the head curator of both exhibitions.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, Second Prize
    Ram 'Field Marshal  Jnr'
    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1889
    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Barren Jack, The Valve Pipes
    Guthega Power Station
    Adelaide Electric Trams, Opened March 9, 1909. First Car Driven by Mrs. Price.
    Caricature of a kangaroo playing cricket
  • J B Young Ltd collection(228)

    Programme Official Opening J. B. Young Limited, Queanbeyan, 23 May 1956
    Program for the official opening of J.B Young Limited, Queanbeyan, May 23 1956
    Grace Bros Annual General Meeting form of proxy
    Photograph of the interior of J B Youngs Canberra store
  • Dulcie May Magnus collection(30)

    Bifold brass plate for punching braille
    Perkins Brailler
    20 wooden and metal braille punches
    Numerical braille plate

    The Dulcie May Magnus Collection consists of a Perkins Brailler, 16 assorted wood and metal awls, metal folding ruler with punch holes, and various printed material.
    Dulcie Magnus used these objects in her work for the Royal Blind Society.

    Dulcie Magnus worked for the Royal Blind Society for over twenty years, transcribing music into Braille and large print piano music. Mrs Magnus also organised the first Australian Braille Music Seminar held at the Royal Blind Society in Sydney, 1980. She was honoured with many awards acknowledging her work with the Royal Blind Society, including the Order of Australia Medal in 1992.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Album containing 52 carte de visite portrait photographs of members of the Faithfull family
    School report
    Handmade greeting card
    Note describing catching a fish

    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.

  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from J. Parker, 1844
    Convict love token from G. Barker, 1843
    Convict love token from William Pritchard, 1830
    Convict love token from Joseph Hickman, 1829

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)


    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.