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  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Diary of Edgar Richard Mayne, containing details of the Australian Cricket Team tour to England and South Africa, 1921
    Photograph of racehorse
    Photograph of the Australian Cricket team
    T. Hayward from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    New Norfolk near Hobart, Tasmania
    Smith & Tims Railway Contractors...Dungog to Taree
    Bendorp's Royal Dutch Cocoa and Confectionery
    Aboriginals, NSW
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Tourist.
    The Tourist.
    William Percy Faithfull, George Ernest Faithfull, Reginald Faithfull, Henry Montague Faithfull.
    Nineteeth Sunday After Trinity

    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.

  • Don Bradman collection(1)

    Autographed cricket bat used by Don Bradman

    The Don Bradman collection consists of a William Sykes 'Don Bradman' brand cricket bat used by Bradman in the first Test Match against England at Trent Bridge in 1934. It is signed by Bradman and all members of both teams and is inscribed with a message from Bradman presenting the bat to David Cromb, his literary agent from 1930, as a birthday present.

    Don Bradman is widely held to be one of Australia's greatest sportsmen and one of the world's greatest cricketers. His test batting average of 99.94 runs scored over 52 tests has never been rivalled. He began his Test career in the late 1920s and soon established himself as an outstanding batsman. His skills with the bat and his quick run-making drew huge crowds, providing a focus for national pride during the Depression. The introduction of the controversial bodyline bowling tactic by the English team, introduced in order to limit Bradman's success during the 1932-33 Test series succeeded in restricting Bradman and the other Australian batsmen, but also caused tension between the two nations. It was agreed that no such tactics would be used in the subsequent series in England in 1934. However, that series was not to be one of Bradman's most successful. He became captain of the Australian team in 1936, leading it to many victories before retiring from cricket at the end of 1948.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token engraved with the name Maule Fox
    Convict love token from J.P.
    Convict love token from J.F., 1828
    Convict love token from William Maskell, 1818

    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.

  • Judy and Ian McPhee collection(167)

    White, cotton, sleeveless nightdress
    Black metal
    Round white doily consisting of crocheted joined medalllions
  • David Innes Watt collection(1)

    Tirranna Cup trophy

    The David Innes Watt Family Collection consists of an eighteen carat gold cup: the Tirranna Picnic Race Club Challenge Cup. It has two ornate handles and a lid with a small horse and was first presented in 1895. Mr David Innes Watt won the cup in 1899 with his horse Loch Leven, in 1904 with Chiefswood and in 1906 with Pleasure. With his third win, he earned the right to retain the gold cup in perpetuity. Crafted by Hardy Brothers Jewellers, the Tirranna Picnic Race Club Challenge Cup was awarded for the main race. In 1895 the gold cup was valued at £150.

    From the early days of colonisation, picnic races have been a feature of rural life. Country people travelled long distances to these annual gatherings, some of which continued for several days and were accompanied by wild celebrations. The Tirrana Picnic Races were established in 1855 at Tirranna, a property outside Goulburn, New South Wales. In 1872 the railway from Sydney reached Goulburn, making the Tirranna Picnic Races more accessible to Sydney racing enthusiasts and by 1875, Tirranna was thought to be one of the best race tracks in the Colony. The Governor attended with due pomp and ceremony, along with other socialites and people of influence and the meeting was widely reported in the Sydney press, as were the fashionable gowns worn at the associated balls and dances.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Bairnsdale and District Agricultural Society 82nd Annual Show, 1960  for second prize for a nasturtium luncheon set of table linen
    Certificate awarded to  V.M. Wilson at the Mt Remarkable Agricultural Society, Melrose 38th Annual Show, 1960 for first prize for a cross stitch delphinium tray cloth
    Certificate awarded at the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia Royal Show, 1952  for Second Prize for a dark green quilted cushion cover
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Ungarie P.A.H. & I. Association Annual Exhibition, 1960 for first prize for a calico apron