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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Folding postcard with photographs of Wagga Wagga, NSW
    Annual gala sports, 1914. Friendly Societies, Portland
    Lake Kerferd
    Postcard with photograph captioned Church of England. Cobbity
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Album containing postcards collected during Lucian and Ethel Faithfull's European trip in 1914
    Florence Faithfull?) standing with two young girls in a garden setting
    William Percy Faithfull's Master of Arts degree from Sydney University, 6 March 1869

    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 Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Bark painting depicting the spirit Nawongberd and his four wives by Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru
    Bark painting 'Rainbow Serpent wrapped around tree' by Yuwunyuwun Marruwarr, Gunbalanya, 1974
    Child's drawing titled 'Landrights'
    'Making Spears', painted by Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, 1975
  • Bridge Family collection no. 3(41)

    Ration card

    Childs purl knitted cap in pale blue mohair

    Prayers For Children

    Greetings from Melbourne'

  • Tommy Fawcett collection(1)

    Modified and battered green Toyota Landcruiser 40 Series Short Wheel Base Four Wheel Drive vehicle known as the 'Buff Catcher'

    The Tommy Fawcett collection consists of a steel-encased, armour plated Toyota four-wheel drive vehicle, modified to catch feral buffalo. The bullbar is equipped with a heavy steel "bionic catching arm", designed by Cal Carrick. Heavy bars welded to the catcher's side prevented rolling and protected the vehicle and its occupants in case of collision. The curved restraining arm is mounted along the frame's right hand side to allow its operation by the driver. The arm pulled the animal's neck down against a buffering plate.

    Vehicles like Tommy Fawcett's "buffcatcher" replaced horseback mustering of buffalo and dominated the feral buffalo harvesting industry in the Northern Territory during the 1970s and 1980s. The animal catching unit attached to the vehicle was designed and patented by Kal Carrick in 1981, and enabled single operators, such as Tommy Fawcett, to capture wild buffalo. The catching device and other vehicular modifications were created in response to the needs of the feral buffalo harvesting industry and to local environmental conditions. The feral buffalo industry, which collapsed following the introduction of the Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Campaign (BTEC), has been a key element in shaping contact history in western Arnhem Land and has had significant environmental impacts. The buffalo catcher with its locally engineered "bionic arm" provides material evidence of the responses of people working within the industry to the physical challenges posed by both the animals and the environment.

  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Envelope to Mrs. John Richmond
    Handwritten letter to Joan Richmond from her mother, 1932
    Envelope to Mrs. John Richmond
    Third of a set of three postcards from Joan Richmond - England

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Jilji' by Taku Rosie Tarco, 2007
    'Lawalawa' by Ngarralja Tommy May, 2007
    'Wikirri' by Jakayu Biljabu, 2007
    Fibre basket by Rosie Williams, 2008

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

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

    DTMCIW magnetometer S/N 16
    Dent Chronometer No 53862 in leather case
    Cable for earth inductor