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  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Invitation 'To meet Rear-Admiral Nakamura, OBE, and Officers of HJJM's Training Squadron', 1935
    Invitation to a luncheon in honour of Sir Edward Harding, Canberra, 4 December 1936
    Letter to The Manager, Parliament House Dining Room, Canberra, ACT, from H Grattan Guinness, Managing Editor, 20th Century Fox Movietone News
    Album containing 97 menus, 20 seating plans and 47 photographs from Parliament House dining rooms...

    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.

  • Ernabella Arts Inc. collection no. 7(103)

    Untittled, square, batik silk scarf in blue, green and gold colours, by Nyukana Baker
    Blue and white terracotta vase made by Nyukana 'Daisy' Baker at Ernabella in 2003
    Batik practice piece showing design in progress on fabric, attributed to Nyukana 'Daisy' Baker, 1975
    Circular shallow drip tray used in Ernabella batik making process

    The Ernabella Collection No. 7 consists of a wide variety of material dating from the early 1990s to early 2005. The collection includes baskets, seed body ornaments, paintings on silk and canvas, some prints, batiks and an important group of ceramics that were produced between 1997 and 2005.

    These objects represent the continuing dynamism of cultural practices at Ernabella, and the manner in which the communities at Ernabella have responded to change in the region. They attest to the desire within the community to maintain cultural practices while developing commercial enterprises that provide an economic base for the community. The collection demonstrates the Ernabella community's continuing expression of cultural heritage through the production of new forms and provides direct links to earlier cultural practices and iconography.

  • Ken Ross collection(20)

    1/2 Mile Australasia Championship 1926 - 2nd place medal
    Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1928 - Winner's medal
    1/4 Mile Australasian Championship 1926 - 2nd place medal
    Six day race, Berlin 17-23 February 1922 - Winner's sash

    The Ken Ross collection comprises 11 medals, 9 sashes and 1 racing jersey which belonged to professional cyclist Ken Ross. Ross competed successfully as a road cyclist in New South Wales during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also among the few Australian cyclists competing in Europe after the First World War and was among the first English-speaking sportsmen to enter German after the conflict had ended. The collection includes medals and sashes won in Australia and Europe.

    The bicycle has played an important role in Australian life since the 1880s, both as a sport and as a means of transportation. Cycle racing was immediately popular with clubs forming in every state by the 1890s. The period after the First World War saw a great revival of competitive cycling and local and interstate competitions drew large crowds and full newspaper coverage. The few Australian cyclists who left Australia in the 1920s to compete overseas established a long tradition of professional cyclists who have achieved success at an international level.

  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2(85)

    Bark painting depicts a rounded frame in four different rings of decoration
    Painting depicts fourteen small rectangles between band of pigment rendered across the top and the bottom
    Bark painting
    The painting consisting of three horizontal sections with the central section having a small circle
  • Count Dorsay Breastplate collection(1)

    Count Dorsay circular disc breastplate

    This collection is comprised of a small round metal Aboriginal breastplate inscribed "COUNT DORSAY". A radiant crown is engraved in the middle, and it is flanked by an emu on the proper right side and a kangaroo on the left side.

    Due to its round shape, this is a rare breastplate. Less than one per cent of known breastplates are round. Although there are no historical records about the Aboriginal person given this breastplate it is probable that they were named after Gédéon Gaspard Alfred de Grimand D'Orsay (1801-1852), who styled himself as Count D'Orsay. D'Orsay was a prominent artist and dandy in Britain during the mid-nineteenth century. This would place the date the breastplate was presented at between the 1820s and the 1850s.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Wilmot Straham in his mia mia, Warrnambool, Vic
    Como Bridge & Boatshed, Sutherland Shire
    City Hall, Brisbane
    Mountain Rest, Sassafras, Victoria
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pencil sketch depicting a waterfall
    The Tourist.
    School report
    Malta- Armoury- Duche's [sic] Palace - Valletta

    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.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    The Yurlunggurr Serpents intertwine in the  Mirarrmina Waterhole.
    Bark painting 'The Sacred Law-Givers for the Yirritja People of North East Arnhem Land' by Birrikidji Gumana, Gangan
    Mimi Dancing.
    Totemic Kangaroo