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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Watson's Bay, Sydney, NSW
    Australian Bush Fire Series
    The Gib, Bowral
    Residence Roofed with Marseilles Tiles by Wunderlich Limited
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Tourist.
    Pencil sketch of a rural English scene; a cottage in the background and to the right a figure walking along a lane
    Presented by The Australian Red Cross Council in recogntion of Twenty Years' Loyal Service

    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.

  • Warakurna Tjanpi collection no.2(5)

    Yilkaringkatjanyayi Pitja (Has the Plane Come?) by Dianne Ungukalpi Golding
    Yarnangu Painting Tjarra (Person with Painting) by Nora Holland, Dianne Ungukalpi Golding and Eunice Yunurupa Porter
    Untitled basket by Nancy Nyanyarna Jackson
    Helicopter (Flat Chopper) by Polly Pawuya Jackson
  • Ken Ross collection(20)

    Six day race, Berlin 17-23 February 1922 - Winner's sash
    Central Cumberland League Bicycle Club 1918 Champion medal
    Sydney Sports Ground 1925-1926 medal
    1 Mile Country Championship NSW 1926 sash

    The Ken Ross collection comprises 11 medals, 9 sashes and 1 racing jersey which belonged to professional cyclist Ken Ross. Ross competed successfully as a road cyclist in New South Wales during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also among the few Australian cyclists competing in Europe after the First World War and was among the first English-speaking sportsmen to enter German after the conflict had ended. The collection includes medals and sashes won in Australia and Europe.

    The bicycle has played an important role in Australian life since the 1880s, both as a sport and as a means of transportation. Cycle racing was immediately popular with clubs forming in every state by the 1890s. The period after the First World War saw a great revival of competitive cycling and local and interstate competitions drew large crowds and full newspaper coverage. The few Australian cyclists who left Australia in the 1920s to compete overseas established a long tradition of professional cyclists who have achieved success at an international level.

  • Everitt and George Family collection(911)

    Film-script titled 'Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured'
    Photographic print depicting Mr George with a toy theatre
    Toy theatre play booklet, scenery and figures for 'The Sleeping Beauty'
    Handwritten document, listing stage movements for characters in the play 'The Silver Palace'

    The Everitt and George Family collection consists of over 800 objects including a Toy Theatre with a 'Redington' proscenium and a second back stage, play booklets and associated scenery, photographs of the Toy Theatre, and documents and working notes related to the collection. The collection is in good condition.

    The Toy Theatre was invented in England around 1811, reflecting the popularity of pantomimes and plays performed in the leading theatres around London in the same period. They soon became a favourite pastime for teenage boys and adult collectors alike, with a long list of publishers producing a wealth of material. B Pollock was one of the most famous of these publishers and the earliest pieces in this collection have been attributed to Pollock. Though this was largely an English tradition the collection reflects the first owner Edward Everitt's heritage, who migrated to Australia in the 19th century bringing parts of the Toy Theatre with him.

  • Gowans Auctions collection(2)

    Pardon for convict Mary Jones, issued by John Franklin on 15 May 1839
    Archive copy of a convict record of conduct for Mary Jones

    The Gowans Auctions Collection consists of Mary Jones' Conditional Pardon signed by John Franklin, 15 May 1839. Mary Jones was a nursery and housemaid by trade, sentenced at the age of 19 to fourteen (14) years transportation for stealing she departed London on the 11 May 1828 on board the ship Borneo, arriving in Hobart on the 8 October 1828.

    Over 12,000 women were transported to Van Diemen's Land between 1803 and 1853. The female convicts were typically sentenced to seven or fourteen years for petty crimes such as theft. In the colony, women were either assigned as domestic servants to free settlers or were incarcerated within Female Factories, a work house for convicts who were employed in such tasks as laundry and sewing. A Conditional Pardon remitted the remainder of a convict's sentence, on the condition that the person did not return to England. It was usually only given to convicts who had long sentences, such as fourteen years as in the case of Mary Jones.

  • William Forrester collection(1)

    Racing silks worn in the 1897 and 1898 Melbourne Cup races on Gaulus and The Grafter

    The William Forrester collection consists of a jockey's tunic with a crimson body and white sleeves. The racing silks were the colours ridden to victory in the 1897 and 1898 Melbourne Cups on two horses, Gaulus and The Grafter, owned and trained by William Forrester.

    Horse racing has a long history in Australia and provides insights to leisure, industry and society. The Melbourne Cup is Australia's premier horserace. It is a handicap race run over a distance of 3200 metres. Run continuously since 1861 it has captured popular imagination and become the race that 'stops a nation'. The Forrester racing silks provide a window into late 19th century horse-racing in Australia, and the personal story of William 'Black Bill' Forrester, his horses, and his involvement and skill in training and contributions to the development of the Australian racing industry.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from T. Rea, 1829
    Convict love token from Nathaniel Thorne, 1831
    Convict love token from T.C., 17th July 1787
    Convict love token from James Brecknell, 1846

    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.