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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    The Railway Accident at Sunshine. April 20. 1908. over 40 lives lost
    A town
    Charlemont Private Hospital, Darlinghurst
    QSL card for VKAZ-4
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Invitation from Miss Faithfull for the marriage of her sister Frances Lilian to Mr W. H. Anderson, 16th February 1898.
    The Pass of Brander, Loch Awe
    Handwritten recipe for ham sandwich
    Anemone Hepatica

    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.

  • Waterside Workers Federation of Australia (Sydney Branch) collection(1)

    Waterside Workers Federation of Australia Sydney Branch, In memory of our fallen members at the front
  • Evan Hughes collection(4)

    Hymn book
    Minutes of Melbourne Welsh Presbyterian Church Synod (Cymanfa) 1886
    Welsh language bible
    Hymn book
  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Invitiation 'To meet His Excellency Dr. Hsu Mo, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Republic of China', 1941
    Invitation 'To meet Mr Tatsuo Kawai, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Japan...', 1941

    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.

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

    Bark painting depicts a hunter in white, with short limbs, holding a raised spear and shield
    The painting consisting of three horizontal sections with the central section having a small circle
    Painting has a central image of a cross surrounded by a square infilled with linear patterning
    Bark Painting depicting the body painting for Kulama initiation by Deaf Tommy in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965
  • Tayenebe collection(33)

    Artist's journal of Tayenebe project, created by Vicki West

    Container made from bull kelp, river reed and tee tree string, by Tanya Langdon

    Basket made from New Zealand flax, by Eva Richardson

    'Parrot basket' made from white flag iris fibre and rosella feathers, by Patsy Cameron

    The Tayenebe collection of Tasmanian Aboriginal women's fibre work consists of twenty nine containers - baskets made from fibre and water carriers made from kelp. It also includes three woven fibre specimens and an artist's journal documenting the Tayenebe weaving project that took place from 2006 to 2009.

    Eighteen Tasmanian Aboriginal women and girls who took part in the Tayenebe weaving project are represented in the collection, with examples from up to four generations of the same family. The project, both provided creative and professional opportunities for Tasmanian Aboriginal women and was a journey of discovery for them. They analysed the historical baskets held in Tasmanian museums and galleries, learning from these and from each other, about how to reproduce fibre techniques employed by their ancestors. The Tayenebe project provided a structure of collaborative workshops where women from all parts of the state and from a variety of families met at seven locations to attend workshops and to examine the fibre resources of the area. The baskets, containers, string samples and the journal were begun at these workshops and continued at home.

  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Cocktail Party Invitation to Mr K.H. Aumuller, 16 April 1964, London
    Lock Hing China Ware Store, 33 Queen's Road
    Lock Hing China Ware Store, 33 Queen's Road
    Wou Teh Shing, Stone Contractor, Hankow, 29 January 1927