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  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Canowindra Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural Association 61st Annual Exhibition, 1962 for first prize for an organdie throwover
    Certificate awarded at the Traralgon and District Agricultural Society's 80th Spring Exhibition, 1968 for a tatted butterfly doily
    Certificate awarded to V.M. Wilson at the Bruce Rock and District Agricultural Society Annual Show, 1963 for first prize for a snow white play apron
    CHAMPION awarded to Mrs V. Wilson for her 'Jacobean bird' textile panel at the Uralla Show, 1954
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Photographic portrait of Lord Kitchener
    Vale Street Cooma
    Gibson wedding at Old House at Tirrannna
    Leather bridle, with 4-ring snaffle bit, noseband, and blinkers

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Good Luck for the New Year I would send you a greeting ...
    Sketches of Tommy's life - At the Base - No 1
    Coogee, Sydney
    Camp site, with a tent on the left and a man next to a stone chimney
  • Banks Florilegium collection(2476)

    Dendrophthoe vitellina
    Dendrobium discolor
    Xanthorrhoea resinosa supsp. Resinosa
    Dendrobium discolor

    The Banks' Florilegium was published by Alecto Historical Editions (London) in association with the British Museum (Natural History) between 1980 and 1990. Each of the 100 sets that comprise the edition consists of seven hundred and forty three botanical line engravings, after the watercolours drawn from nature by Sydney Parkinson recording the plants collected by Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Carl Solander during their voyage round the world on HMB 'Endeavour' with Lieutenant James Cook, 1768-1771. Each set is divided into 35 parts and housed in Solander Boxes. Each print or sheet within the set is identified by a blind embossed stamp on the recto, recording the publisher's and printer's chops (ie: their signatures), the copyright symbol and date. The initials of the individual printer, the plate number and the edition number are recorded in pencil. The plate-marks are virtually uniform in size: 18 x 12 inches (457 x 305 mm), and the paper is Somerset mould-made 300gsm, each sheet watermarked 'AHE' and produced specially for this edition by the Inveresk Paper Company. The sheet of paper on which the image is printed measures 28 ½ x 21 inches (724 x 556 mm), and each of the engravings is protected within a double-fold sheet of the same acid free paper which has been cut to form a window mount. Every print includes watercolour embellishments added by artists working directly from Banks' own notes. The condition of the Museum's set, No 5/100, is excellent.

    The Banks' Florilegium records and celebrates the botanical discoveries made during the first voyage of scientific discovery undertaken by Britain's Royal Navy. In addition to the vast collections of botanical and zoological specimens created, astronomical observations made and accurate maps compiled during HMB Endeavour's voyage to the Pacific, the east coast of Australia was mapped and claimed for the British Crown, leading 18 years later to the establishment of a colony in New South Wales. Joseph Banks, who financed and led the natural history contingent onboard the Endeavour, planned to publish the botanical results of the voyage in a 14 volume folio work. He hired artists to complete Sydney Parkinson's drawings and engaged a team of 18 engravers to create the copperplates. The project took 12 years and was then put aside by Banks who was by now President of the Royal Society and closely involved with the Royal Horticultural Society, Kew Gardens, the British Museum and was a friend of and unofficial advisor to the King. Sir Joseph, as he became in 1781, would go on to serve as a member of the Board of Longitude, the Coin Committe and the Privy Council's Committee for Trade, and Plantations, and his wealth, social position and extraordinary range of contacts within the political, scientific, manufacturing and diplomatic spheres made him one of the most influential figures of his day. Although the Florilegium was not published during his lifetime, he took steps for its preservation and made the drawings, notes and specimens upon which it is based available to interested visitors to the Herbarium he maintained at his home.

  • Barry Christophers collection(9)

    Prescription pad belonging to Dr Barry Christophers
    Stethoscope belonging to Dr Barry Christophers
    The day of the Dingo
    The day of the Orange Chat

    The Barry Christophers collection consists of a glass hypodermic syringe, stethoscope, prescription pad, photograph and five newspaper clippings. These personal items belonged to Barry Christophers and are in good condition.

    Trained as a medical doctor, from 1963 to 1973 Dr Barry Christophers (born 1922) was secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) Equal Wages Committee. During the 1940s Christophers had been a student of Frederick Wood Jones (1879-1954), a scientist with a humanitarian regard for Aboriginal Australians and later Professor of Anatomy at Melbourne University. Christophers' activism was inspired by reading Woods' article 'Claims of the Australian Aborigine'. Christophers led several FCAATSI campaigns to overturn discrimination towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, such as the withholding of wages and the exclusion of Aboriginal people from the tuberculosis allowance in Queensland. Christophers lifelong friendship and collaboration with Aboriginal activist Joe McGinness (1914 - 2003) was crucial in many of these campaigns. These medical instruments, a stethoscope, prescription pad and syringe, assist to elaborate on the intertwined themes of Christophers' medical education and its impact on his activism in campaigning for equal rights for all Australians. The newspaper clippings and photograph highlight the personal friendship between Barry Christophers and Joe McGinness that sustained their professional work.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Wandjina with Rainbow Serpent and boomerangs
    Two Service Men
    Fish scoop
    Proclamation regarding South Australia and the native population

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • Bernard Freedman collection no. 1(28)

    Australia Unlimited - Immigration Builds a Nation
    Letter from James Turner, headed 'Ballarat, Feb 1869', and begins 'Dear Sister and Brother...'
    Letter from James Turner, dated 23 December 1864.
    Letter from James Turner to
  • Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio Map collection(1)

    Map titled 'Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio'

    The Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio Map Collection consists of one hand-coloured engraved map of the Americas, printed in 1612 for the last edition of Ortelius' atlas, 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'. The map is in good condition.

    'Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio', the most accurate map of the Americas available in 1570, was updated twice over the life of the atlas in which it appeared. As a uniformly-sized compilation of maps, historical narratives, and source references, the 'Theatrum' was a novel and encyclopedic description of the known world, finally freeing cartography from the influence of Ptolemy. The map documents the exploration and exploitation of America, whose vast deposits of silver were shipped to Asia by European merchants for trade with China. The hope of discovering a second America, as the Great South Land was reputed to be, and gain new routes to the Indies lay behind James Cook's voyages to the Pacific and resulted in the claiming and colonising of Australia by the British.