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  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    'The Dancing Women at Nyuminga' painted by by George Tjungurrayi, 1976
    'Travels of Mala the Hare Wallaby', painted by Timmy Tjugudai Tjungurrayi, 1981
    Giant Devil-Dingo Series - painting depicts the people cutting up Gaiya
    'Wilkinkarra Men's Camp', painted by Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, 1975
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Australian Mining. Puddling
    Black duck
    Champion Tobacco.  The highest type
    Black and white photographic postcard of Bondi Pacific - Private Hotel, Bondi Beach N.S.W.
  • Everitt and George Family collection(911)

    Film-script titled 'Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured'
    Toy Theatre Drury Lane 19th Century
    Toy theatre play booklet, scenery and figures for 'The Sleeping Beauty'
    Photographic print depicting Mr George with a toy theatre

    The Everitt and George Family collection consists of over 800 objects including a Toy Theatre with a 'Redington' proscenium and a second back stage, play booklets and associated scenery, photographs of the Toy Theatre, and documents and working notes related to the collection. The collection is in good condition.

    The Toy Theatre was invented in England around 1811, reflecting the popularity of pantomimes and plays performed in the leading theatres around London in the same period. They soon became a favourite pastime for teenage boys and adult collectors alike, with a long list of publishers producing a wealth of material. B Pollock was one of the most famous of these publishers and the earliest pieces in this collection have been attributed to Pollock. Though this was largely an English tradition the collection reflects the first owner Edward Everitt's heritage, who migrated to Australia in the 19th century bringing parts of the Toy Theatre with him.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Nell  Basedow in a rickshaw, Colombo, Sri Lanka, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1931 or 1932
    Glass plate negative - Wagon crossing a stream bed, Victoria River district, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Film negative - entrance to a limestone cave on the Nullabor Plain, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Cylindrical basket
  • Bridge Family collection no. 4(31)

    Needlework pattern
    First prize certificate awarded to Miss E Denny by Goulburn and District Horticultural Society
    Needlework pattern for 'Table Centre Design 2171'

    Watercolour painting of a bride

  • John Collinson Close collection(26)

    Handwritten poem titled Crossing the Bar, by Lord Alfred Tennyson
    Six page letter from John Close to Alice Close, Antarctica 1911
    Two page letter from John Close to Alice Close, 1911
    Handwritten poem titled A

    This collection comprises objects belonging to John Henry Collinson Close, a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911-1914, led by Dr Douglas Mawson. It includes a telescope and case; pocket compass; Bryant and May matchbox (used to keep Close's Morse code); diary entries and letters from Close to his wife Alice (three on AAE letterhead); a hand-stitched canvas pouch with a label written by Close in ink, containing two rock samples collected in Antarctica and sent to Alice by supply ship in 1912; a copy of Life Magazine from September 1914; newspaper cuttings of eight articles written by or referencing Close; three typescript letters, including correspondence from Douglas Mawson; handwritten copies of two poems, including one by Tennyson; a newspaper cutting of a Douglas Stewart poem; and a registered envelope addressed to Close.

    The John Collinson Close collection dates from the 'heroic era' of Antarctic exploration, perhaps the last great period of geographical discovery on Earth. It demonstrates key events in a story that led to Australia's claim over 42% of the continent. Linked to this story, and to this collection, are simultaneous ties to the old notions of Empire and the assertion of a new national identity. Close's private letters and journalism reveal the contrast between the personal experiences of a lesser-known expeditioner and a venture, overshadowed by a mythologised leader, now abstracted into the national memory and imagination.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Florence Faithfull wearing a dark dress standing beside Lilian Faithfull
    Letter about a horse named Ajax
    Card from Governor General and Mrs Slim wishing a Merry Christmas, 1956
    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.

  • Bureau of Mineral Resources collection no. 1(534)

    Hunting Adastra Gulf airborne magnetometer
    Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE) Scintillometer, Model 963, Serial Number 173
    Sharpe brand Dip Circle, Model D1-M, Serial Number 258