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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Table D'Hote room, Langham Hotel
    The interior, St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Adelaide SA
    The farthest ones looked like great butterflies.
    Fairies were dancing in and out
  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Sheet of paper relating to Joan Richmond
    Handwritten letter from Joan Richmond - London
    Letter from Joan Richmond - Montelimar
    Envelope to Mrs. John Richmond

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.

  • Geoff Pryor collection no. 3(3)

    Cartoon depicting Peter Costello tossing a coin into a cup labelled N.M.A.
    Divining a site for the NMA
  • John Collinson Close collection(26)

    Three page folded letter from John Close to Alice Close, Antarctica 1911
    Seven page letter from John Close to Alice Close, Antarctica 1911
    Six page letter from John Close to Alice Close, Antarctica 1911
    Handwritten poem titled Crossing the Bar, by Lord Alfred Tennyson

    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.

  • Ambrose Kyte Address collection(1)

    Framed illuminated address presented to Ambrose Kyte in recognition of his support for the Victorian Exploring Expedition [Burke & Wills expedition]

    The Ambrose Kyte Address collection comprises a framed illuminated manuscript, written in black ink and coloured paints and featuring two rondels housing photographic portraits of Ambrose Kyte and Robert O'Hara Burke. The address was presented by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Henry Barkly, on behalf of the Victorian Exploring Expedition Committee, to Mr Ambrose Kyte on 21 January, 1863, in recognition of Kyte's support of the Burke and Wills expedition. In 1858, Kyte donated £1000 towards the fit-out of the expedition, enabling the Committee to raise the further £2000 required to meet the expenses of the expedition.

    The Burke and Wills expedition remains one of the most celebrated journeys of nineteenth century land exploration. Victorian colonists enriched by gold-fields wealth organised the expedition to open new lands to setttlement, to identify a route for the overland telegraph and to demonstrate the ascendant status of their colony. Burke and Wills departed from Melbourne in August 1860, and although they failed to return, their journey and those of the relief expeditions sent to search for them, accomplished many of the colonists' aims. The circumstances of Burke and Wills' deaths also ensured that they became national icons, symbolising the heroism and sacrifice colonists saw as essential to settling the continent.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pencil sketch depicting a bridge and a lake, signed
    Pencil sketch depicting two men with hounds, looking at a cottage
    Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War - Britons for ever.
    Girl's two-piece full-length outfit which belonged to 'Bobbie' Faithfull

    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.

  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Johnny Warren's Order of Australia Medal set in presentation box
    FIFA Centennial Order of Merit medal
    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career 1969
    Red-brown hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1977-1978

    The John 'Johnny' Warren Collection includes an extensive range of materials detailing his days playing for junior teams in the Botany area of South Sydney in the 1950s, through his senior club years in the 1960s and 1970s, and national representative career as a Socceroo from 1965 to 1974. The collection also details Warren's later work as a soccer coach and administrator, journalist and television commentator, and incorporates files and publications related to his work as a government advisor and advocate for the sport.

    Warren was Australia's most famous soccer player who tirelessly championed a sport regarded as a minor footballing code in this country. An attacking midfielder of great speed and skill, he played in the NSW State League and was chosen to represent Australia in 1965. His national representative career stretched over a decade, culminating in his participation in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. After retiring as a player, Warren worked as a coach, administrator, journalist and television commentator promoting the sport he loved. He became the face of Australian soccer, championing the sport for many years through a long and cherished partnership with his colleague and friend Les Murray on SBS Television.

  • People's Paraphernalia collection no. 21(13)

    Pastoral Australia particulars at government, shipping and travel offices
    Souvenir silk scarf with rolled edges, from the 1956 Olympic Games, Melbourne
    Poster for Sydney, New South Wales
    Souvenir program for Australian Women's Cricket Council Nell McLarty Testimonial Match England v Australian XI 1949