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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Sepia toned photograph of a town
    Railway Bridge, Bridgewater, South Australia
    QSL card for VK2AS
    Postcard depicting Mary Pickford of Paramount-Artcraft Pictures
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    William Pitt Faithfull seated in a chair in a studio setting
    The Tourist.
    The Woman's World 1888
    Three photographs of St Anne's, Elizabeth Bay, Sydney (home of Henry Montague Faithfull and his family), and one of Springfield by the river

    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.

  • People's Paraphernalia collection no. 19(3)

    Lionel says:
    Commonwealth Title Fight between Hector Thompson and Baby Cassius at the Perth Entertainment Centre
    AFL footballer Polly Farmer
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Paperback book titled 'With Stoddart's Team in Australia' by Prince Ranjitsinhji, 1898
    J.T. Tyldesley from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia.
    Black and white photograph of E.R. Mayne walking off the cricket field, 1921
    Australian Cricket team dressed in suits and photographed in a garden
  • Hans Kohl collection(103)

    Black and white photograph  - Mr and Mrs Adelmann at Namatanai in 1908.
    Black and white photograph - Adelmann family with Kandas and Karoline at Herbertshill
    Black and white photograph - Bridge over Matahan River near Namatanai.
    Black and white photograph - Adelmann in front of his house, Herbersthill, 1904
  • Nettie McColive collection(189)

    Certificate
    Certificate
    Certificate
    Correspondence School Super Primary Department Progress Certificate for 1st Year Drawing and Applied art

    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Banks Florilegium collection(2476)

    Dillenia Alata
    Dendrobium discolor
    Capparis lucida
    Hibiscus meraukensis Malvaceae

    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.

  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    LCO Aumuller Powhattan Hankow. Will Upheaval result Shocking News Helen Woodruff Innes
    Letter
    Purchase slip from Takeda Bros. and Co., 1931
    Letter
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