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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Chickens hatching
    Don't forget - it must be Cobra Polish
    Robbery Under Arms, No. 6
    Our Boys Blotter Correspondence Card
  • Dr Karel Kupka collection(71)

    Painting depicts the creation of the constellation,
    Painting depicts three figures in canoe, each with a fish on the end of a line.
    Bark painting 'Two Mimi Spirits (males) dancing' by Paddy Compass Namatbara, Croker Island, 1963
  • William Beausang collection(24)

    Painting of The Southern Cross by John Allcot
    The Sky's the Limit by J.M. Spaight
    Photograph album containing historic aviation photographs
    Story of the Southern Cross Transpacific Flight 1928

    The collection consists of approximately 140 items relating to Australian aviation, war service, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The items were collected by Mr William Beausang during his life and formed part of his wife's estate. The collection includes a painting of the Southern Cross by John Allcot, photographs of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, early aviators and planes, signed photographs of concert musicians and conductors, newspaper articles, miniatures of Beausang's World War One medals, a strip map and several books.

    William (Bill or Liam) Beausang was born in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland on 22 May 1900. He travelled to Australia in 1924 after distinguished military service and began working with Kingsford-Smith as an engineer in the late 1920s. The large amount of aviation-related material in the collection reveals Beausang's engagement with the celebrity, memorialisation and commemoration of Kingsford-Smith and other aviators, with Beausang's own contribution in the form of articles and photographs a significant part of the collection. The material related to the ABC and Sydney Symphony Orchestra also highlights the place of classical music in wartime Australia and the cultural importance of visits by celebrated musicians to Australia in the 1940s and 1950s.

  • Lockhart River Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Centre collection(13)

    Waatyl grass basket (punya)
    Loya cane and pandanus coiled basket
    Woven pandanus leaf headband
    Woven oval pandanus and loya cane tray
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white autographed photographic postcard of Mary E, 1917
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Olga Dorfner
    American and NSW women swimmers at Toowoomba, Queensland, 1911
    American and NSW women swimmers at Toowoomba, Queensland, 1911
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 5(60)

    Rainbow snake.
    Bark painting 'Nimbuwa rock' by Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Gunbalanya, 1968
  • L Richard Smith breastplate collection(20)

    Peter, Chief of Warangesda Mission
    Brandy Uanda
    King Pepper of the Biria Burdekin River 1897
    Tommy, King of Connai

    This collection is comprised of seventeen Australian Indigenous breastplates (also known as king plates or gorgets). They come from a collection accumulated by L. Richard Smith, a noted collector of medals and porcelain. The breastplates are associated with Indigenous people from Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. The breastplates are all metal, of varying size, and are generally crescent shaped. Each is inscribed with the recipient's name, and many include an associated region and an honorary title such as 'king', 'queen' or 'chief'.

    During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, government authorities and settlers gave breastplates to Indigenous people for a variety of reasons. They were used as a way of selecting and identifying local elders to act as intermediaries between settlers and local Indigenous people. They were also given out in recognition of service and/or assistance (for example to Aboriginal stockmen or for saving people from ship wrecks). As such, they are significant cross-cultural objects that document early interaction between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in different regions of Australia. They often record the names of Indigenous people, and the station or region with which they are associated; people who are not otherwise represented in historical records. The collection is also significant in expanding the geographical scope of the National Museum's existing breastplate collection.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Extract from Mr Charles Matcham's letters to a relative in England 1834
    Typescript of Pearl Faithfull's [Lady Dilke] reminiscences of Springfield
    School report
    Dance program for St Leonard's Private Subscription Dance, Friday 11th June 1886

    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.