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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Looking towards Narabeen [sic], Collaroy, NSW
    Balmoral Beach, Sydney Harbour, NSW
    Trellised wines in a Burgoyne vineyard
    The bullock team
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Tourist.
    Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke - Wenty in the flowerbed at the Scotts
    William Faithfull land grant
    Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver

    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.

  • Sir Hubert Opperman collection no. 2(216)

    Pair of cufflinks
    Mr and Mrs Opperman
    1987 Opperman Audax

    The Sir Hubert Opperman Collection No. 2, comprises 181 objects relating to his cycling, political and RAAF careers. Items of note include a silver tray presented to him for duties as Immigration Minister in 1966; Knights Bachelor Medal awarded by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968; and a Basque Beret worn when he was awarded the Gold Medal of Paris in 1991 by Jacques Chirac.

    Sir Hubert Opperman, or 'Oppy' has he was affectionately known, became a household name in the 1920s and 1930s as a result of his cycling achievements. He set 101 state, national and world records and was the public face of Malvern Star Bicycle Company. From 1949 to1972, Opperman pursued a career in politics, holding several portfolios for the Liberal party, and became Australia's first High Commissioner to Malta in 1966. He was knighted in1968 and retired from politics in 1972. Sir Hubert Opperman died in 1996 at the aged of 92.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1890, Hon.
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from S. Hart, 1844
    Convict love token from Walter Jones, 1836
    Convict love token from T.B.
    Convict love token from David Freeman, 1818

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Heavyweight wrestling champion Tom Lurich
    Handwritten poem
    Handwritten note
    Handwritten poem titled
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Man stalking  kangaroo, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Man holding north-western type of spearthrower and wearing pubic fur tassel, Wadaman people, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Glass plate negative - Flock of sheep, Kimberley Downs station, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Film negative - Heavy scientific instruments are carried over rough and hilly country by the natural owners of the land, Mt McCulloch, Petermann Ranges, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
  • School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine collection(121)

    Leitz Wetzlar dissecting light monocular microscope
    Photo-micrographic apparatus stand and accessories
    Hot-air steriliser
    Kata-thermometer made by Hicks, England, with muslin finger cover, in cardboard case