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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Beach House, Coogee
    Holy Trinity Church, Kelso, 1914
    QSL card for VK5RT
    Balmain, Sydney, N.S.W
  • Bob Marshall collection no. 1(10)

    Document - 'Police Station Binalong / 16th August 1910 / Rough sketch of the death and depredations of John / Gilbert, Bush-ranger, by H. Pasley'
    Document - 'Particulars of Police Killed and Wounded by Bushrangers 1862 to 1868'
    Enfield 2-Band .577 percussion cavalry carbine
    'D' Type black metal handcuffs, c.1930

    The Bob Marshall (Part One) Collection comprises a Miner's pistol, an Enfield Cavalry percussion carbine, a Calisher & Terry percussion carbine and three sets of handcuffs. None of these objects has a known history but each is representative of general law-and-order issues in colonial Australia, particularly the role of police and issues associated with personal self-defence.

    The institutions of law and order established in Australia after 1788 reflected those of Britain and Ireland. A diversity of police forces were developed to meet specific needs but, at times, appeared powerless to control the excesses of convict bolters and bushrangers. Centralisation and re-arming of police forces in the 1850s and 1860s, draconian legislation, high rewards, secret police and Aboriginal trackers were all employed in the fight against bushranging. The weapons are from a time when controls on the possession and use of firearms were less restrictive than they are today. Issues associated with the control of firearms have been hotly debated nationally for many years, with successive Australian governments moving steadily toward increasing restrictions on their availability and use.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Handwritten recipes
    Ladies dyed pink satin right tango shoe, with a clear cut bead at the centre top
    Black peaked jockey cap in silk satin
    Side view of the exterior of the church at Tirranna decorated for the wedding of Robert Faithfull and Jessie Gibson on 25 April 1888

    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 John Bournes, 1831
    Convict love token from James Farley, 1834
    Convict love token from John, 1836
    Convict love token from James Brecknell, 1846

    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.

  • Terence Lane collection(138)

    Fob medallion awarded to Corporal M O'Toole
    Japanese porcelain condiment set, featuring a mustard pot flanked by a salt and pepper shaker, in the form of three kangaroos on a shaped plinth
    Ceramic umbrella stand in the form of a kangaroo, made by Doulton, England, 1885
    The Age Centenary Test Lift Out Friday

    This collection consists of approximately 180 objects of Australiana, predominantly featuring the kangaroo. It encompasses a wide range of styles produced in Australia and overseas over a period of 150 years. The collection is diverse and includes decorative art objects, such as a Doulton umbrella stand, as well as an assortment of ephemera from several postcards to a matchbox.

    This collection has been amassed by Terence Lane, a former Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria over a period of 20 years. During this period, many of the items collected were not in high demand. However, they have since become eagerly sought and the result is a collection which has increased in cultural value. It is considered the best collection of kangaroo theme items in Australia.

  • Ben Chifley collection no. 3(53)

    Seven Christmas note cards and four envelopes from Mrs Laura Wilkins to Mrs Elizabeth Chifley
    Speech by Senator N E McKenna on the death of Ben Chifley ,19th June 1951, and a note card
    Bushfire Appeal
    Passenger ticket for Mary Corrigan dated 1878

    The objects in the Ben Chifley Collection refer to the lives of Ben and Elizabeth Chifley, primarily from the Chifleys' days as Prime Minister and Prime Minister's wife, but stretching beyond Ben's death in 1951 until Elizabeth's death in 1962. Significant objects include a letter of condolence to Elizabeth Chifley from Elsie Curtin (former PM John Curtin's wife) on the death of Ben Chifley (above), photos of Chifley as a young boy and a bible on which Chifley was sworn in as minister in the short-lived Scullin government of 1931.

    Joseph Benedict Chifley was Australia's sixteenth Prime Minister, leading the Australian government between 1945 and 1949. This period was one of particular importance in Australian history, being the time during which many of the contours of post-War Australian social and economic development were established. Chifley also articulated the values of the reforming Labor Party in his "Light on the Hill" speech of 1949. However, the election of December that year saw the beginning of a drastic re-alignment of political allegiances in voting behaviour, leading to over twenty years of conservative dominance in Australian politics. An understanding of Ben Chifley, in both his private and public guises, illustrates much about this crucial era in post-War Australian history.

  • World War Board Game collection no. 1(2)

    'Trencho' board game.
    Commonwealth Navy

    The World War Board Games collection no.1 consists of two games, 'Trencho' and 'Commonwealth Navy', that relate to World War One (1914-1918).

    'Trencho' is a board game produced by an English company for an Australian market. Trench warfare featured heavily in the Australian soldier experience and this game reveals an attempt to link those at home to those in service. 'Commonwealth Navy' is an Australian made game by the Melbourne based National Board Games company. It is an excellent example of nationalistic propaganda surrounding the formation of Australia's own naval fleet. It also reveals the story of a successful Australian board game company.

  • Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection(65)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point