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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    CANBERRA Sing the Old Hundredth Hymn 12.3.13 H&S
    Native Bear and Aboriginal Lighting a Fire
    Photograph of a bride and groom.
    A town looking out over the ocean
  • Snowy Scheme - Ken Johnson collection(25)

    Blowering Dam
    Souvenir card Blowering Dam - Ceremony to mark the first release of water for irrigation
    Documentation package for attendees of the Official Opening of Tumut 3 Power Station
    Official Opening Ceremony of Tumut II Project

    The Snowy Scheme - Ken Johnson Collection consists of several objects once belonging to Ken Johnson, an engineer on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. The items are a gelignite box, slide rule, various souvenir and opening programs and invitations, official reports and manuals, and project reports relating to various major Scheme structures.

    The Snowy Scheme is Australia's largest engineering work and one of the great engineering feats of the world. Designed to produce irrigation water and electricity, the Scheme took 25 years to construct, 1949-74. Including 7 power stations, 16 dams and 225 kilometres of aqueducts and tunnels, the Scheme was built by a workforce of 100,000 people, two-thirds of whom came from overseas. The scheme played a major part in making Australia multi-cultural, and also in developing Australia's manufacturing, technical and engineering capacities. This collection, consisting of items mostly used by Snowy engineer Ken Johnson, helps to remind us of the role of engineers in such a massive undertaking. The project reports and opening invitations and programs chart the construction of many elements of the Scheme, the slide rule reflects the calculations made by engineers, and the gelignite box is a reminder of the massive excavations created by Scheme workers.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Black and white team photograph of the 1913 Australian Cricket team on tour to Canada and the U.S.A.
    Length of chestnut coloured horse hair from the horse
    Man standing beneath a roll of honour in the club room of East Melbourne Cricket Club
    C. Blythe from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from James Clarke, 1849
    Convict love token from J.J. or T.T. 1832
    Convict love token from William Weir
    Convict love token from R. Turner, 1834

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

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

    DTMCIW magnetometer S/N 16
    Sharpe brand Dip Circle, Model D1-M, Serial Number 258
  • Tony Shibasaki collection(2)

    Carved pearlshell pendant that resembles a dhari headdress with a morning star in the middle
    Carved pearlshell pendant that resembles a dhari headdress with a drum below it

    The 'Tony Shibasaki Collection' of pearlshell carvings from Mr Tony Shibasaki are from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. The pearlshell carvings illustrates the contemporary expression of Torres Strait Islander culture. It also represents the diversity of the pearlshell industry thoughout the Torres Strait with the boom in the 1920s and decline during the 1960s.

    The Morning Star carving represents the iconic sysmbolism of the Torres Strait Islander Dhari (headdress) unifying the people of the Torres Strait Islands. The Dhari was traditionally worn by men during warfare and today is worn for dancing and ceremony. The Morning Star (or 5-pointed star) represents the five island groups in the Torres Strait. The Dhari carving with drum connected on the bottom shows the diverse style of headdress in the Torres Strait. The drum is symbolic of dance and ceremony and used as a musical instrument. These two works reveal the cultural expression of contemporary forms through the medium of carving.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Legal document handwritten on blue paper, addressed to William Pitt Faithfull
    British Railways ticket
    Extract from Mr Charles Matcham's letters to a relative in England 1834
    Oakhampton Castle

    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.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Yass Spring Show, 1906, Second Prize
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, First Prize
    Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1885
    Card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887, First Prize