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  • Kevin Hannan collection(9)

    Gold mourning locket containing a photograph of Australian champion boxer Les Darcy, who died in 1917
    Photograph of Winnie O'Sullivan standing with her hands clasped
    Photograph of Winnie Hannan (nee O'Sullivan) with Lily Molloy on a merry-go-round
    Photograph of Winnie O'Sullivan sitting on a backless stool, c1917

    The Kevin Hannan collection consists of material relating to the grieving of Winnie O'Sullivan over the death of her fiancée, Australian champion boxer Les Darcy, in 1917. The collection is supported by 2 postcards and 6 photographs depicting Darcy's ill-fated boxing career in America, and friends and family of Winnie O'Sullivan central to the Darcy story throughout various periods of her life.

    After rising to stardom as a champion boxer during the First World War period, Les Darcy became a political scapegoat of the first conscription referendum in 1916. A young, fit and healthy example of Australian masculinity, Darcy symbolized all males whom the greater public had deemed eligible for service and were shirking their duty of serving their country on the battlefield. Darcy subsequently left Australia to establish a boxing career in America, but died from septicaemia caused by a tooth infection in May 1917 at the age of 21. Although the material speaks something of Darcy's plight, it also reflects the ways in which Australians dealt with death, loss and mourning during the early twentieth century, but more importantly, during the devastating years of the First Word War.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    No.2 Ward. Dilke Hospital, Nr Cinderford
    Mosman's Bay
    Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
    RACV Country Club, Healesville, Vic
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Painting depicts a rectangular figure with a diamond pattern down the centre
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    School report
    The chancle of All Saint's Tumut
    A Happy Christmas from the Dolls and from the little Mothers too
    Jessie Harris (nee Baker) with her children,  Jessie, Phyllis, George (Tom).

    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.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    'Best Worked Table Centre' awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for her Round Rose Tablecloth at the 1967 Gulargambone Annual Show
    Certificate awarded for first prize to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Wyong Show, 1973 for the 'Jacobean bird' textile panel
    Certificate awarded at the Canowindra Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural Association 61st Annual Exhibition, 1962 for first prize for an organdie throwover
    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
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 4(7)

    State, Municipal & Civil Luncheon at 1pm, Town Hall, Sydney, 7 January 1901
    Menu for Commonwealth Inaugural Celebrations dinner, 8 January 1901
    Invitation to a municipal and civil luncheon in the Town Hall, Sydney, on 7 January 1901, to commemorate the swearing in of the Governor General
    Invitation to the Commonwealth of Australia Inaugural celebrations at Sydney, 1 January 1901
  • People for Nuclear Disarmament collection no. 2(135)

    Vietnam Aid Appeal 1972
    Vietnam Moratorium Withdrawal All Troops Now

    People of Nuclear Disarmament


  • Gladys Henry collection(10)

    Animal long bone awl
    Pigmented, wooden tapstick covered overall with geometric designs
    Message stick