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  • Barry Christophers collection(9)

    Stethoscope belonging to Dr Barry Christophers
    Prescription pad belonging to Dr Barry Christophers
    The day of the Orange Chat

    Glass syringe belonging to Dr Barry Christophers

    The Barry Christophers collection consists of a glass hypodermic syringe, stethoscope, prescription pad, photograph and five newspaper clippings. These personal items belonged to Barry Christophers and are in good condition.

    Trained as a medical doctor, from 1963 to 1973 Dr Barry Christophers (born 1922) was secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) Equal Wages Committee. During the 1940s Christophers had been a student of Frederick Wood Jones (1879-1954), a scientist with a humanitarian regard for Aboriginal Australians and later Professor of Anatomy at Melbourne University. Christophers' activism was inspired by reading Woods' article 'Claims of the Australian Aborigine'. Christophers led several FCAATSI campaigns to overturn discrimination towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, such as the withholding of wages and the exclusion of Aboriginal people from the tuberculosis allowance in Queensland. Christophers lifelong friendship and collaboration with Aboriginal activist Joe McGinness (1914 - 2003) was crucial in many of these campaigns. These medical instruments, a stethoscope, prescription pad and syringe, assist to elaborate on the intertwined themes of Christophers' medical education and its impact on his activism in campaigning for equal rights for all Australians. The newspaper clippings and photograph highlight the personal friendship between Barry Christophers and Joe McGinness that sustained their professional work.

  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from John Woodfield, 1831
    Convict love token engraved with the name Maule Fox
    Convict love token from D. Fleming, 1834
    Convict love token from James Faulkner, 1828

    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.

  • Rabbits in Australia collection no. 3(10)

    Black and white photograph 'The Return of the Rabbiters'
    Invoice from firm of Thomas Evans, Melbourne 1887
    Invoice from firm 'J. CHALMERS, GENERAL IRONMONGER', Melbourne 1905
    Photograph of Fred Liersch and his brother with pet rabbit, about 1908
  • Department of Defence collection(118)

    Mercer Marine Chronometer No 13290 in a wooden case
    Winding key for chronometer, used in HMAS Tamworth
    Loseby Two Day Marine Chronometer No 109, with accessories in a wooden case
    Brass fastening latch
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    A church covered in vegetation.
    Morain Lake, Valley of the Ten Peaks
    Circular Quay, from the Harbour, Sydney
    Black and white photographic postcard of Circular Quay with artist's impression of the Sydney Opera House
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Upper Hunter P. & A. Association 78th Annual Show, Muswellbrook, 1968 for second prized for an appliqued doily
    Certificate awarded to V.M. Wilson at the Warragul Premier Show, 1973 for first prize for a table centre
    Certificate awarded at the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia Royal Show, 1952  for Second Prize for a dark green quilted cushion cover
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for first prize at the Gresford Agricultural Society for a knitted tea cosy
  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    GRANVILLE SHOW 1952, blue felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text
    Letter asking Mrs Burton to donate memorabilia of her equestrian career to the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales
    Photograph of the horse
    Royal Melbourne Show Third Prize certificate awarded to MISS E. ROACH, Exhibit THE VICTOREE FOOD PRODUCTS, LADIES RIDING COMP. OVER FENCES, Class 239 No. 3880

    The collection consists of documents, photographs, scrapbooks, clothing and other memorabilia from the careers and personal lives of Emma (Emilie) Roach, a well-known and successful equestrian, and her husband John (Jack) Burton, who made several record-breaking drives in motor vehicles across Australia during the 1910s and 1920s.

    Born in Narrandera, New South Wales, in 1898, Roach began equestrian competition at the age of 10, and continued through most levels and types of competition, remaining an unpaid amatuer, until her retirement in 1955. Her main competitions and successes were in the show-ring. After Burton and Roach married in 1925, they lived in Sydney for many years and travelled from there to agricultural shows in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland where Roach would compete and Burton worked in motor vehicle sales and writing articles for motoring magazines.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Malta, Chapel of Bones, Photo the Grand Studio
    Royal Agricultural Society passes
    Leather photograph wallet with the initials W. P. F.
    Goodbye to Caux

    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.