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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Mists in valley below Echo Point, Katoomba, NSW
    John St, Camden
    River, and a red letter
    Double storey building with three female nurses and three other people standing on the upper storey veranda
  • Saibai Island Council collection(1)

    Double outrigger canoe named Kulbasaibai, from Saibai Island in the Torres Strait
  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career 1973
    Scrapbook with textured white plastic cover and brown cord binding, relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career
    Red-brown hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, MISC 79 (Cosmos) 1983
    Johnny Warren's Soccer Coaching Clinic wheel chart

    The John 'Johnny' Warren Collection includes an extensive range of materials detailing his days playing for junior teams in the Botany area of South Sydney in the 1950s, through his senior club years in the 1960s and 1970s, and national representative career as a Socceroo from 1965 to 1974. The collection also details Warren's later work as a soccer coach and administrator, journalist and television commentator, and incorporates files and publications related to his work as a government advisor and advocate for the sport.

    Warren was Australia's most famous soccer player who tirelessly championed a sport regarded as a minor footballing code in this country. An attacking midfielder of great speed and skill, he played in the NSW State League and was chosen to represent Australia in 1965. His national representative career stretched over a decade, culminating in his participation in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. After retiring as a player, Warren worked as a coach, administrator, journalist and television commentator promoting the sport he loved. He became the face of Australian soccer, championing the sport for many years through a long and cherished partnership with his colleague and friend Les Murray on SBS Television.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Page one of an account from Goldsborough Mort & Co. Ltd to A Lucian Faithfull, 15 January 1902
    Hazel & Florence Faithfull & their nurse (English) circa 1903
    Extract from Mr Charles Matcham's letters to a relative in England 1834
    Envelope addressed to Mrs A. I. Maple Brown

    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.

  • Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 - Lennah Newson collection(1)

    Connections by Lennah Newson, 2002

    The Aboriginal Collection from Tasmania 2003 comprises seventy-seven items representing twenty-four individuals/organisations. The collection features a range of materials including shell necklaces, kelp crafts, woven baskets, carved tools and weapons, postcards, clothing and contemporary artwork. As one of the key aims was to capture a cross section of Tasmanian Aboriginal life and culture in 2003, the items have all been recently made or produced and are in good condition.

    Tasmania is a discrete regional and cultural grouping within Aboriginal Australia, partly because Bass Strait creates a geographical barrier and partly because of the unique cultural characteristics of past and present Tasmanian Aboriginal people. The collection expresses a range of contemporary perspectives in relation to identity, young people, repatriation of human remains, cultural revival, creativity, heritage maintenance and cultural practises such as necklace making, mutton birding and abalone diving. This collection is significant because there are few major collections featuring Tasmanian Aboriginal culture from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More importantly, the collection's cultural value is enhanced by the fact that community members were involved in selecting the themes and content, thus creating a collection representing Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples in their own terms.

  • Ben Chifley collection no. 3(53)

    United Hospital Auxiliaries of N.S.W.
    Scots School, Bathurst, Swimming Pool Fund
    United Hospital Auxiliaries of N.S.W.
    St Stephen's Women's Guild fete

    The objects in the Ben Chifley Collection refer to the lives of Ben and Elizabeth Chifley, primarily from the Chifleys' days as Prime Minister and Prime Minister's wife, but stretching beyond Ben's death in 1951 until Elizabeth's death in 1962. Significant objects include a letter of condolence to Elizabeth Chifley from Elsie Curtin (former PM John Curtin's wife) on the death of Ben Chifley (above), photos of Chifley as a young boy and a bible on which Chifley was sworn in as minister in the short-lived Scullin government of 1931.

    Joseph Benedict Chifley was Australia's sixteenth Prime Minister, leading the Australian government between 1945 and 1949. This period was one of particular importance in Australian history, being the time during which many of the contours of post-War Australian social and economic development were established. Chifley also articulated the values of the reforming Labor Party in his "Light on the Hill" speech of 1949. However, the election of December that year saw the beginning of a drastic re-alignment of political allegiances in voting behaviour, leading to over twenty years of conservative dominance in Australian politics. An understanding of Ben Chifley, in both his private and public guises, illustrates much about this crucial era in post-War Australian history.

  • Dick Roughsey Rainbow Serpent collection(16)

    No-one has any room - the Rainbow lorikeet boys ask Goorialla for shelter - Rainbow serpent story by Dick Roughsey
    Goorilla watching men dancing the sacred Butta keera - Rainbow serpent story painting by Dick Roughsey
    Goorialla goes down onto the sea, leaving the country peopled with animals as well as humans - Rainbow serpent story painting by Dick Roughsey
    Goorilla making Minalinka lagoon - Rainbow serpent story painting by Dick Roughsey

    The Dick Roughsey Rainbow Serpent collection consists of 16 works produced for the children's book 'The Rainbow Serpent' (1975) by Lardil artist Dick Roughsey (Goobalathaldin).

    The rainbow serpent is an important ancestral being in Indigenous communities and emerged in ancestral stories and related manifestations for the first time some 3,000 to 6,000 years ago. 'The Rainbow Serpent' won a Children's Picture Book of the Year Award in 1976 and was one of seven successful children's books produced by Dick Roughsey in collaboration with his colleague and friend Percy Tresize.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Circumcision  Ceremony.
    Flying Foxes
    Bark painting 'Macassan praus' by Birrikidji Gumana, Yirrkala, 1966
    Painting depicting a crocodile, by David Milaybuma
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