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  • John Collinson Close collection(26)

    Three page folded letter from John Close to Alice Close, Antarctica 1911
    Handwritten poem titled Crossing the Bar, by Lord Alfred Tennyson
    Seven page letter from John Close to Alice Close, Antarctica 1911
    Five loose pages of diary with entries by John Close, 1912

    This collection comprises objects belonging to John Henry Collinson Close, a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911-1914, led by Dr Douglas Mawson. It includes a telescope and case; pocket compass; Bryant and May matchbox (used to keep Close's Morse code); diary entries and letters from Close to his wife Alice (three on AAE letterhead); a hand-stitched canvas pouch with a label written by Close in ink, containing two rock samples collected in Antarctica and sent to Alice by supply ship in 1912; a copy of Life Magazine from September 1914; newspaper cuttings of eight articles written by or referencing Close; three typescript letters, including correspondence from Douglas Mawson; handwritten copies of two poems, including one by Tennyson; a newspaper cutting of a Douglas Stewart poem; and a registered envelope addressed to Close.

    The John Collinson Close collection dates from the 'heroic era' of Antarctic exploration, perhaps the last great period of geographical discovery on Earth. It demonstrates key events in a story that led to Australia's claim over 42% of the continent. Linked to this story, and to this collection, are simultaneous ties to the old notions of Empire and the assertion of a new national identity. Close's private letters and journalism reveal the contrast between the personal experiences of a lesser-known expeditioner and a venture, overshadowed by a mythologised leader, now abstracted into the national memory and imagination.

  • Rabbits in Australia collection no. 3(10)

    Photographic postcard 'CAMPING OUT IN VIC.'
    Coloured photographic postcard 'Big Tree Camp...'
    Photographic postcard 'Giant Tea Camp...'
    Invoice from firm of Thomas Evans, Melbourne 1887
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - River scene, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Film negative - Different ways of wearing the hair, Petermann Ranges, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Film negative - Members of the Mackay Exploring Expedition, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Film negative - Herbert Basedow's dog Spottie wearing boots to protect his feet from burrs, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pencil sketch depicting a landscape
    Album containing 52 carte de visite portrait photographs of members of the Faithfull family
    Mary Bryden
    Gibson wedding at Old House at Tirrannna

    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.

  • J B Young Ltd collection(228)

    Program for the official opening of J.B Young Limited, Queanbeyan, May 23 1956
    Photograph of the interior of J B Youngs Canberra store
    Letter from the National Retail Merchants Association to J B Young advising of their nomination for an International Community Service certificate of commendation
    Letter to the National Retail Merchants Association declining the Association's invitation to an Awards Luncheon
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Painting depicts a Dukurrurru stone story
    Opossum tree story.
    Painting depicts an abstract pattern with figures by Mungurrawuy Yunapingu, Yirrkala, 1966
    Bark painting depicting the log on which Barama floated to Gangan by Garwirrin Gumana, Yirrkala, 1965
  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    A  Dreaming of the Mandalbui People (On Bark: Dance of  the Dreamtime Salmons).
    A Mopadrrunga, Spirit of the Dead, on Bark: A  Mopaditti.  Inv:
    Barama spreads the Sacred Law.
    The  Wawilag Spirits of Marwiyu - A Mandalbui Dreaming.
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Australia Welcomes The American Fleet
    An Australian Wild Flower
    Dromana and the coastline from Arthur's Seat, Vic
    Twin Rock Pool, Austinmner, NSW