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  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Luncheon tendered by the Government of New South Wales to The New South Wales and Queensland Members of The Australian Coronation Contingent - Parliament House Sydney, 30th June 1937
    Invitation to a luncheon in honour of Sir Edward Harding, Canberra, 4 December 1936

    The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

    This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Note to Constance Faithfull, 11 November 1873
    Handwritten recipe
    Voiture de Gala, Musee des Voitures a Trianon
    The Tourist.

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Kogarah School of Arts
    St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Wollongong N.S.W
    Circular Quay, Sydney. - The terminus for Sydney's main tramway service
    No.2 Ward. Dilke Hospital, Nr Cinderford
  • Healesville Travel Poster collection(1)

    The Animals that Noah Forgot...

    The Healesville Travel Poster Collection comprises of a poster published by Victoria Railways. It is an advertisement for the Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary at Healesville, and reads, "The Animals Noah forgot, including the Platypuses which are fed at three-thirty, are at The Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary, HEALESVILLE, to which you, Go By Train, and Local Bus".

    The sanctuary was initially established by Sir Colin MacKenzie as the Institute of Anatomical Research in 1920, and was the site upon which MacKenzie bred many of the native animals which he dissected for anatomical study. In 1923 he offered the assorted wet specimens to the nation, which in 1924 became the founding collection of the National Museum of Australian Zoology. This institution was renamed the Australian Institute of Anatomy in 1931. In 1985 the Institute closed and its collection, including the original Mackenzie specimens, became the founding collection of the National Museum of Australia. The Sanctuary meanwhile passed to the Healesville Council in 1927. It opened as the Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary in 1934, and is known for having the first platypus successfully bred in captivity (born in 1943).

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(425)

    Glass plate negative - Men fighting with clubs called 'kutturu', Luritja people, Finke River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Child carrying boomerang, tidal mud flat off King Sound, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Wagon carrying 8-tonne load, Victoria River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Red-brown hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1977
    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1970-1972
    Scrapbook with textured white plastic cover and brown cord binding, relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career
    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career 1973

    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.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Painting depicting a crocodile surrounded by eggs, by David Milaybuma
    'Yumari', painted by Uta Uta Tjangala, 1981
    Painting depicts two human figures with four kangaroos and a serpent
    'Dreaming at Kampurarrpa (Kamparrarrpa)', painted by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, 1976
  • J B Young Ltd collection(228)

    Special resolution passed at meetings of the Members of J.B Young Limited, 1936
    National Retail Merchants Association certificate of commendation presented to J B Young Limited
    Copy of the chairman's address to the 1981 Annual General Meeting of Grace Bros Holdings Limited
    Grace Bros Annual General Meeting form of proxy