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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Chalet, Lorne, Vic
    Spiritual food
    Postcard featuring Melbourne Cup winner - Carbine
    Post Office and Wesleyan Church, Leichhardt
  • Ken Ross collection(20)

    Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1931 - Fastest time medal
    Sydney Sports Ground 1925-1926 medal
    Central Cumberland League Bicycle Club 1918 Champion medal
    1 Mile Country Championship NSW 1926 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.

  • Diana Boyer collection(137)

    'Time Change'
    'Time Change' p.1
    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'

    The Diana Boyer collection comprises artworks, annotated sketches and other recordings of life on 'Bobbara Creek', a rural property in the Binalong district of southern NSW, between 1981 and 2007. There are twenty eight items and groups of items in the collection. All are in good condition.

    This collection records the imaginative and emotional processes by which Diana Boyer, a migrant from Argentina, settled in an Australian place. The artworks, sketchbooks and other items show Diana's engagement with the ecological particularities of the Binalong district, and with significant issues arising from the social and economic dynamics of colonial history and the present. The items record Diana's exploration of a range of topics related to her life and work on 'Bobbara Creek', including Aboriginal dispossession, the representation of rural women, the value of biological diversity, the broader implications of introducing genetically modified canola to Australia, and the possible consequences of global warming for Australian agriculture.

  • Maningrida Arts and Crafts 26/11/1973 collection(25)

    Bark painting depicts two saratoga fish
    Painting depicts a spirit in a round waterhole, humans and log coffin (or a fishtrap)
    Painting depicts a man with a bag around his neck & a stone containing 2 crabs on his head
    Cylindrical hollow wood pipe with protruding bowl
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Weakottu, Western Petermann Ranges, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Pigmented bent bark ceremonial armband
    Film negative - Aboriginal children bathing, Sunday Island, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Decorated barbed spear from Bathurst Island
  • Petronella Wensing collection no. 1(229)

    Certificate of naturalisation for Michael Victor Wensing
    Exercise book
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Tourist.
    Envelope addressed to Miss Lilian Faithfull
    A Signal of Distress or the Xmas Visitor
    School report

    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.

  • Alexander Mussen collection(33)

    Letter from Joseph Sharpe to William Mussen, March 1867
    Letter from William Mussen to Alexander Mussen, May 1863
    Pages of scrapbook containing sketch of Alexander Mussen's grave
    Letter from Alexander Mussen to William Mussen, August 1855

    The Alexander Mussen Collection consists of 3 sketches, one ambrotype portrait, newspaper clippings, 13 letters and a death certificate relating to Alexander Mussen, his time on the NSW goldfields and his death, in 1864, at the hand of bushrangers. Alexander Mussen was a young Canadian, the son of a well known merchant in Montreal. It seems he fell into some disrepute and debt in Canada and travelled to the NSW goldfields to both try his luck and redeem the family name.

    The gold rush in Australia had a major impact on society, culture, the environment and politics. The population increased dramatically, society became more diversified, colonial governments had to respond to the changes and the rest of the world became increasingly aware of Australia's wealth. The Mussen collection provides a personal and intimate insight into the practical workings of some New South Wales diggings, society more generally, law and order on the goldfields and the continuing connection between those who came to Australia and family left behind.