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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Bathes of Apollon
    Emperor of Germany in military uniform
    Invitation addressed to Miss Faithfull from Mrs John Marks.
    Album containing postcards collected during Florence [Bobbie] Faithfull's European trip in 1914

    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.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Bark painting depicting artist's father's Dreaming story by Jack Wunuwun, Gamedi, about 1981
    Pair of earings by B M Bancroft, 1990
    Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters) at Warnarn Rockhole
    Emu egg carved with the image of a moth

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    The lake, Botanical Gardens, Sydney, NSW
    Bay Road between the lakes, Mt Gambier, SA
    Inner Harbour, Townsville
    Machattie Park, Bathurst, N.S.W
  • Mary Nicholson collection no. 2(19)

    Extract of Stone
    Princely Gravy
    Super Sweetener
    Cain Sandwich Paste
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Two rams facing each other in front of a rail fence
    Small, off-white calling card, with
    Card awarded at the Yass Spring Show, 1906, First Prize
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, Special Prize
  • Marjorie Bragg collection(1)

    Yellow child's bicycle from about 1950 owned by Marjorie Bragg

    This collection consists of a yellow child's bicycle which was owned and ridden by Marjorie Bragg during the 1950s - a period of relative political and social stability in Australia, with children enjoying large amounts of freedom, little parental supervision and encouraged to participate in outdoor play and activities. Until she outgrew it, Marjorie rode the bicycle to school and around the family farm and neighbourhood. After later marrying and moving to Gladstone, Marjorie had the bicycle repaired for her daughter who subsequently rode the bike to school for several years.

    Although bicycle frames constructed for children first appeared soon after the invention of the diamond-shaped bicycle frame in the 1880s, childrenÃ?Â?s bicycles were not mass-produced in Australia until the 1950s, making Marjorie's one of the first. Like most children at that time, Marjorie and her siblings rode bicycles or walked to school and ten per cent of all trips made in Australia were by bicycle. Today, although it is estimated that almost eighty per cent of children in Australia own bicycles and sales of bicycles exceeded those of vehicles, only five per cent of children ride them to school and only two per cent of all trips are by bike.

    This collection addresses the Core Collecting Area No. 1: PeopleÃ?Â?s interaction with the environment. Within this core area, the collection relates to the Priority Collection Project, Making Things Move: Energy and power in Australia, and directly supports the Bicycling in Australia travelling exhibition project. Within the MuseumÃ?Â?s Core Collecting Area No. 3, Australian History and Society since 1788, the collection also addresses the focus theme of 'Leisure, Sport and Recreation' which examines Australian participation and interest in sport and other leisure pursuits from elite to local levels.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    The Serpent-men, Jurlungur and Gadjalan
    Cylindrical basket
    Weapon - Spear
    Spearthrower
  • Rabbits in Australia collection no. 3(10)

    Photograph of Fred Liersch and his brother with pet rabbit, about 1908
    Coloured photographic postcard 'Rabbit Trappers Western District of Victoria', about 1907
    Photographic postcard 'CAMPING OUT IN VIC.'
    Coloured photographic postcard 'Rabbit poison carts'
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