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  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    LCO Aumuller Powhattan Hankow. Will Upheaval result Shocking News Helen Woodruff Innes
    View of the C.M. Customs Club at Kulangsu Amoy from the recreation ground. Aug 1921
    Cocktail Party Invitation to Mr K.H. Aumuller, 16 April 1964, London
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    QSL card for VK4K4, From the Heart of the Queensland Sugar Belt
    What you will see by Giving Burley a let up will make you smile
    The Glowlamp Fairy
    Pioneers' memorial, Gundagai, NSW
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    'Royal' of the West, Bathurst Show prize certificate awarded to V M Wilson, 1975
    Certificate awarded to V.M. Wilson at the Warragul Premier Show, 1973 for first prize for a table centre
    Champion, awarded to Mrs V. Wilson for 'Piece Fancy Work' for her 'Jacobean bird' textile panel at the 1953 Manilla 19th Annual Show
    Certificate awarded to  V.M. Wilson at the Mt Remarkable Agricultural Society, Melrose 38th Annual Show, 1960 for first prize for a cross stitch delphinium tray cloth
  • Ruth Oldfield collection(27)

    Cricket scene showing W.R. 'Wally' Hammond and W.A. 'Bert' Oldfield
    Feb 13-18, 1925, Hobbs Stumped Oldfield, Bowled Ryder 66
    Black and white photograph titled 'The Famous Catch', 1925
    Australian Imperial Forces cricket team flag, 1919
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    A small illustration entititled 'Welsh Costume  No. 6 / The Bidding'.
    School report
    Hope Webb
    Constance Faithfull in a studio setting

    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.

  • Lorelle Moore collection(11)

    Diary of a boat trip from Melbourne to Japan via Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Cairns, Thursday Island, Hong Kong, Canton and Shanghai in 1935
    Diary of Lorelle Sample, Australia - Japan, 1935
    Lorelle Sample's domestic science notebook from University of Melbourne

    Navy gabardine pair of ski pants

  • John Collinson Close collection(26)

    Registered envelope addressed to J H Collinson Close, Mosman, NSW
    Seven page letter from John Close to Alice Close, Antarctica 1911
    Handwritten poem titled A
    Five loose pages of diary with entries by John Close, 1912

    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.

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

    Naluk - The Woman
    The Man Dauandja, work on paper, Oenpelli, 1948
    Cycad Nuts