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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Grosvenor Hotel
    Oceanic Hotel. Coogee N.S.W
    Farm Cove from Botanical Gardens, Sydney, NSW
    View over a town, with hills in the background
  • Gweneth Meyers collection(424)

    Handwritten note regarding the fitting of new frames
    Handwritten letter to Arthur Cocks & Co Ltd, with stamps from W R Williams, Chemist, Manly
    Arthur Cocks & Co Ltd for goggles and spectacles 1928-1929
    The Kostules Rule

    The Gweneth Meyers collection consists of material from the radio communications interests of the donor's husband Morris Henry Meyers OBE, and optometrist equipment and a telescope used by Gweneth Meyers' grandfather, Llewellyn Preston Williams, a pharmacist who migrated to Australia from England in 1890. The collection includes a wireless transmitter and receiver used by Meyers in his ham radio work, QSL cards from his radio communications, and photographs of Meyers with the equipment.

    Interested in electronics and communications from an early age, Morris 'Morrie' Meyers was licenced as an amateur radio operator from the early 1930s. Meyers' skill and interests lead to his election to the Fine Operators Club and the AI Operators Club, and membership with the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia and the Wireless Institute of Australia, in which he also served as president and executive member. He served with the RAAF Wireless Reserve, and was sent to Borneo, New Guinea and other sites in the Pacific region, being commissioned in 1941 and after rising to the rank of Wing Commander was awarded the Order of the British Empire. After the war, Meyers began a career with Qantas as Communications and Electronics Manager.

  • Saibai Island Council collection(1)

    Double outrigger canoe named Kulbasaibai, from Saibai Island in the Torres Strait
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Photograph - Florence Ethel and Hazel Faithfull in Egypt
    Faithfull family group outside Big House at Springfield
    Handwritten recipes for

    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.

  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of Randwick Junior Rugby Union Football Club, 2nd Grade Runners-Up, 1920
    Finalists in the women's 100 metre freestyle at the 1920 Olympics at Antwerp, Belgium
    Black and white photographic postcard of the NSW Team of Swimmers and Supporters, Brisbane, 1911
    Australia XIX Olympic Games Mexico 68 pennant
  • School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine collection(121)

    Leitz Wetzlar dissecting light monocular microscope
    Hot-air steriliser
    Carl Zeiss F14471 monocular microscope and accessories
    Kata-thermometer made by Hicks, England, with muslin finger cover, in cardboard case
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token engraved with the name Jane Jones
    Convict love token from J. Bailey, 1842
    Convict love token from J. Dunham, 1835
    Convict love token captioned

    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.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Deception Creek, Red Gorge, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, between 1905 and 1914
    Glass plate negative of containers collected by Herbert Basedow at Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, in 1911, photographed by Herbert Basedow between 1911 and 1914
    Film negative - Different ways of wearing the hair, Petermann Ranges, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Film negative - Royal Mail about to leave Oodnadatta, South Australia, for Arltunga, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903