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  • Lew Parlette collection no. 2(11)

    Chisel, made by Paddy Tjangala, 1972
    Elongate oval red pigmented wooden shield '[Old Man Dreaming]', painted by Uta Uta Tjangala, 1972
    Man Dreaming (dingari), painted by Anatjarri Tjakamarra, 1972
    Elongate oval red pigmented wooden shield [Lyurulyuru Dreaming], painted by Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa, 1972
  • Marin Alagich collection no. 1(8)

    Savez Jugoslavenskih Iseljenika Australije
    Raffle ticket book for Yugoslav Aid Committee
    Blue metal 'ACME' brand vacuum flask
    Metal bell-shaped carbide miner's lamp with handle & hook
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    St. Johns Church. Darlinghurst. N.S.W.
    Postcard featuring a coloured print of the Allied flags, identified by their nation's names, around a shield featuring the Union Jack
    Government House, Sydney, NSW
    A N.S.W. Aboriginal Warrior Hunting for Game
  • Robin Moorhouse collection(19)

    Calling card
    Memorandum from accounts ledger, 1865

    The Robin Moorhouse Collection consists of a Penfolds Wines desk set, a visitor's book, and five accounting books relating to other properties (mainly the Dalwood winery, which was taken over by Penfolds).

    Winemaking began in Australia in the first half of the nineteenth century and has developed into a major Australian industry. Wine is a significant part of Australia's domestic market and is an important export earner. It has become established as part of Australia's cultural and social life. Penfolds is one of the oldest names in this industry, and its Grange Hermitage is perhaps the most famous name in Australian wine. The collection casts important light on the development of the Australian wine industry, Penfolds in particular but also the early Dalwood winery which holds a significant place in the Australian wine story. Further, the collection relates to Australian decorative arts, accounting practices of the nineteenth century, and celebrity lifestyles of the early twentieth century.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Tourist.
    School report
    Flock of sheep outside Bluestone Cottage at Springfield 1883
    National Anthem, and God Save the King, handwritten on a piece of paper

    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 J.A. Sharpe to Thomas Mussen, July 1865
    Letter from Alexander Mussen to William Mussen, September 1863
    Letter from Alexander Mussen to Thomas Mussen, August 1862
    Letter from Samuel Bromley to Thomas Mussen, Jan 1867

    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.

  • Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1(203)

    Cat sculpture
    Goanna sculpture
    Lizard sculpture
    Lizard sculpture
  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    Gold medal show award from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Royal Spring Fair 1927
    Royal Melbourne Show Third Prize certificate awarded to MISS E. ROACH, Exhibit THE VICTOREE FOOD PRODUCTS, LADIES RIDING COMP. OVER FENCES, Class 239 No. 3880
    Invitation addressed to Mr and Mrs Burton for the wedding of Elizabeth Duffield and Howard Dossor, 1958
    GRANVILLE SHOW 1952, blue felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text