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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Upper Lane Cove
    Car driving on a road through an avenue of trees, March 1952
    Blowhole during storm, Kiama
    Public School, Campbelltown
  • Coles-Myer collection(23)

    Australian bicentennial commemorative medal depicting Phar Lap
    Australian bicentennial commemorative medal depicting explorers Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson

    Australian bicentennial commemorative medal depicting Sir Charles Kingsford Smith

    Australian bicentennial commemorative medal depicting the Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Pastoral Revew
    Depicts a flower
    Side porch of Springfield
    Birthday party for Florence [Bobbie] Faithfull and Mary Bryden 1904

    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.

  • Bill Reid - John Cawte collection(47)

    Emu egg carved with image of a man's face by Bill Reid, 1987
    Emu egg carved with an image of a man's face and native Australian animals by Bill Reid, 1990
    Carved emu egg by Bill Reid
    Emu egg carved with image of Betty Watts by Bill Reid

    The Bill Reid - John Cawte Collection comprises a series of emu eggs carved by William 'Bill' Reid (1917 -1993), a renowned Gamilaraay artist from northern-central NSW. The collection contains sixteen emu eggs - fourteen carved, one partly carved and one uncarved. They feature representations of Truganinni, Mum Shirl, the Ella brothers, Bill Reid, Albert Namatjiria and Tony Mundine, Alva Reid - Bill Reid's daughter, as well as John Cawte and Betty Watts (John Cawte's wife).
    The collection also includes Reid's innovative system for internally illuminating each carved egg, consisting of a light stand on a circular cork board with a plastic batten holder and cord, sixteen plastic batten holders, sixteen switch cases, sixteen "push button or bell press" mechanisms, a tungsten 15 watt clear light bulb, seventeen plastic "Café HAG" coffee jar lids.

    The collection is significant as constituting a rare series of representations of prominent Indigenous people and other figures undertaken by a renowned Aboriginal artist. As a set of carved emu eggs it is also an important contribution to the National Museum's collection of 20th century Indigenous craft objects. The collection compliments an existing NHC collection of six carved eggs depicting prominent Indigenous figures also carved by Reid.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia Royal Show, 1952  for Second Prize for a dark green quilted cushion cover
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for first prize at the Gresford Agricultural Society for a knitted tea cosy
    Second Prize awarded for 'Round Rose Tablecloth' at Mount Larcom & District Agricultural Society 21st Annual Show
    Certificate awarded at the The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia Inc., 1960 for first prize for an organdie throwover
  • Turner and Valentine Families collection(177)

    Photograph of Mary Turner and Ian Brown at Isla Villa, Dunoon
    A black and white photograph  entitled
    Card in memoriam of Barbara Strachan Stool
    Isla Villa, Mary Street, Dunoon
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Photograph of 1884 winning rams
    Second Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1889
    Prize card awarded to 'A.L Faithfull' 1887
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1890, Special Prize
  • Donovan Family collection(5)

    Telegram addressed to Lieutenant Commodore J Donovan regarding the birth of his son, 1942
    Sterling silver cigarette box presented to Lieutenant Commander Jack Donovan, RAN
    St. Andrew's Church Wahroonga Parish News

    The Donovan Collection No. 2 comprises a silver cigarette box, bassinette, telegram and parish newsletter. The cigarette box was a gift for the donor's parents, Lieutenant Commander Jack Donovan and Dr Ella Donovan on the occasion of their wedding in 1941. The bassinette, telegram and parish newsletter relate to the birth of their first son John in 1942. The National Museum of Australia already holds Mrs Donovan's wedding dress which was donated in 1990.

    The set of items on offer relate the experiences of one family during the Second World War: to wider issues surrounding war-time marriage, population growth, infant welfare groups and rationing. Jack and Ella married in 1941, and their first child John was born in February 1942, in the period before war time rationing was enforced in Australia. During the war, the birth rate in Australia rose significantly encouraged by policies of population growth, Ella's experiences of motherhood would have been inflected by her own medical training as an obstetrician and gynaecologist and by a wider social emphasis on mothercraft and child welfare.