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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Seventeen Elizabeth Bay Rd. Elizabeth Bay N.S.W.
    Coles Bros Office and Warehouse
    A good bush crop
    Yachting Sydney Harbour, Bonnington's Irish Moss
  • Charles Hart collection(489)

    Mourning disc
    Triangular apron made of a length of melaleuca bark folded in half from Melville or Bathurst Island
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Alex Henry, Draper & Clothier...Number One Drapery Warehouse, Turriff, March, 1929
    LCO Aumuller Powhattan Hankow. Will Upheaval result Shocking News Helen Woodruff Innes
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Painting depicts male (left) and female modjarki, freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni)
    'Lizard Dreaming Site at Linga-Goora (Lingakura)', painted by Ray Inkamala Tjampitjinpa, 1976
    Painting depicting a crocodile surrounded by eggs, by David Milaybuma
    'Dreaming of Matjadji' painted by David Corby Tjapaltjarri, 1975
  • Spastic Centre collection(16)

    The Spastic Centre 'Audrie doll' collection box
    Miss Australia robe
    White lace cravat
    Miss Australia perfume

    The Spastic Centre collection comprises sixteen (16) objects associated with cerebral palsy fundraising in New South Wales, and the Miss Australia Quest/ Awards. It includes an 'Audrie doll' collection box, a gold lamè robe worn by Miss Australia 1978 Gloria Krope, and a pair of footmen's costumes worn by Miss Australia's attendants at the 1965 Coronation Ball in Sydney Town Hall.

    The Miss Australia Quest (from 1992 known as the Miss Australia Awards) ran continuously from 1953 to 2000 and was arguably the longest running, most popular and most successful charitable enterprise in Australia's history. The first documented nationwide contest to identify Australia's ideal woman was held in 1907, however the first official use of the title 'Miss Australia' is more generally thought to have been used in relation to 'Miss Australia 1926' - Beryl Mills from Western Australia. Further contests were held in 1927, 1937, and from 1945 until 1950. It was in 1953 when Bernard Dowd (manufacturer of Hickory USA lingerie in Australia) and his company Dowd Associates took over running of the competition that the Quest became a registered business enterprise, and the 'search for Miss Australia' gained momentum. From 1954 until 2000 the Quest ran primarily as a fundraising event for the Australian Cerebral Palsy Association (ACPA). Co-founded in 1945 by Audrie and Neil McLeod, The Spastic Centre was responsible for coordinating running of the Quest throughout NSW (and the ACT until 1984). In 1954 Audrie McLeod became the inaugural president of the ACPA, and remained closely involved with the Quest for almost forty years. When it closed in 2000, the competition was estimated to have raised over $90 million for people with cerebral palsy. Over its lifetime, the Miss Australia competition reflected many of the changes that took place in Australian society: the changing role and perceptions of women; changing perceptions of people with disabilities; the influence of migrants and 'New Australians'; and the presentation of Australia and Australians overseas.

  • Alexander Mussen collection(33)

    Letter from Joseph Sharpe to William Mussen, March 1867
    Letter from Samuel Bromley to Thomas Mussen, Jan 1867
    Ambrotype of Alexander Mussen 1854
    Letter from Samuel Bromley to Thomas Mussen, November 16th 1864

    The Alexander Mussen Collection consists of 3 sketches, one ambrotype portrait, newspaper clippings, 13 letters and a death certificate relating to Alexander Mussen, his time on the NSW goldfields and his death, in 1864, at the hand of bushrangers. Alexander Mussen was a young Canadian, the son of a well known merchant in Montreal. It seems he fell into some disrepute and debt in Canada and travelled to the NSW goldfields to both try his luck and redeem the family name.

    The gold rush in Australia had a major impact on society, culture, the environment and politics. The population increased dramatically, society became more diversified, colonial governments had to respond to the changes and the rest of the world became increasingly aware of Australia's wealth. The Mussen collection provides a personal and intimate insight into the practical workings of some New South Wales diggings, society more generally, law and order on the goldfields and the continuing connection between those who came to Australia and family left behind.

  • Dieter Kohl collection(103)

    Black and white photograph - Adelmann in front of his house, Herbersthill, 1904
    Black and white photograph - Bridge over Matahan River near Namatanai.
    Black and white photograph - Adelmann family with Kandas and Karoline at Herbertshill
    Black and white photograph  - Mr and Mrs Adelmann at Namatanai in 1908.
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Globularia Nudicaulis
    Princes Bridge, Melbourne
    Tirranna race club members card

    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.