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  • Warakurna History Paintings collection(33)

    Tjamu Tjukurrpa by Cecily Winiragu Yates
    The Army Plane that came to Warburton by Eunice Yunurupa Porter
    Holiday Time by Eunice Yunurupa Porter
    The Wati who was looking for Lasseter by Jean Burke

    This collection consists of thirty-three paintings produced by Warakurna Artists for a collaborative commercial exhibition with the Outstation Gallery in Darwin. The exhibition, 'History Paintings - All the Stories got into our minds and eyes', opened in May 2011.

    The collection is significant as a broad and comprehensive body of work that presents a series of (related) Aboriginal perspectives on events in Australian history, some of which fundamentally challenge other accounts in the historical record. The collection documents the historical perspective of Ngaanyatjarra people who currently reside in the community of Warakurna. Contextualised by more customary mythic narratives, most of the works address historical events and provide an insight into the Aboriginal experience of contact on the colonial frontier. Taken together, from the Seven Sisters Dreaming to football carnivals in Warakurna today, the collection encompasses 100 years (and more) of history in the Ngaanyatjarra lands.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Acclimitization Gardens, Brisbane
    Surf Club, Cronulla, NSW
    Fairies were dancing in and out
    Australia's Waratah
  • William Beausang collection(24)

    Photograph album containing historic aviation photographs
    Story of the Southern Cross Transpacific Flight 1928
    The Sky's the Limit by J.M. Spaight
    Painting of The Southern Cross by John Allcot

    The collection consists of approximately 140 items relating to Australian aviation, war service, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The items were collected by Mr William Beausang during his life and formed part of his wife's estate. The collection includes a painting of the Southern Cross by John Allcot, photographs of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, early aviators and planes, signed photographs of concert musicians and conductors, newspaper articles, miniatures of Beausang's World War One medals, a strip map and several books.

    William (Bill or Liam) Beausang was born in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland on 22 May 1900. He travelled to Australia in 1924 after distinguished military service and began working with Kingsford-Smith as an engineer in the late 1920s. The large amount of aviation-related material in the collection reveals Beausang's engagement with the celebrity, memorialisation and commemoration of Kingsford Smith and other aviators, with Beausang's own contribution in the form of articles and photographs a significant part of the collection. The material related to the ABC and Sydney Symphony Orchestra also highlights the place of classical music in wartime Australia and the cultural importance of visits by celebrated musicians to Australia in the 1940s and 1950s.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 6(9)

    Poster advertising 'To Western Australia by Trans-Australian Railway'
    Australia - Land of Tomorrow
    Don't Falter, Go and meet the Hun menace
    An advertising sign for Pelaco shirts, collars and pyjamas.

    This collection consists of 10 Australian advertising posters. Artists represented include Percy Trompf, James Northfield, Norman Lindsay and May Gibbs. The majority of the posters were produced as lithographs.

    The poster as a form of advertising was popular in Australian throughout the twentieth century, particularly before the age of radio and television. The posters in this particular collection document a number of different types of advertising campaigns including war time recruitment, public health and safety, product endorsement and railway travel.

  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token with the name and date removed
    Convict love token inscribed with the initials R.L and S.L., 1819
    Convict love token from James Brecknell, 1846
    Convict love token from Samuel Sergent, 1830

    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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Dr W P & G Faithfull in account balance sheet with George Faithfull Cr
    Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
    Pencil sketch depicting an elm tree
    Invitation addressed to Miss Faithfull from the Governor and Lady Carrington.

    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.

  • Andrzej Jedrzejowski collection(37)

    Certificate written in Polish and English permitting A Jedrzejowski to take photographs
    Card permit authorising A Jedrzejowski to drive mechanically-propelled vehicles of Groups 1 & 3
  • Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection(65)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point