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  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Last season of the East Melbourne Cricket ground, 1921
    Xmas, happy new year
    R.B. Benjamin manager of the Australian Cricket team and Sir Thomas Tait
    The Jubilee Book of Cricket by Prince Ranjitsinhji.
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Black's Camp, Queensland
    Alexandra Fountain, Bendigo, Vic
    An Argus Advertisement
    Two girls standing behind a globe of the world
  • Cecil Ballard Jnr collection(32)

    Framed picture of Queen Elizabeth II
    White china mug to commemorate the (cancelled) 1949 Royal Visit to Australia

    Colour photograph - Cecil Ballard's royal memorabilia collection.

    Colour photograph - Cecil Ballard's book collection.

    The collection consists of 196 items. For the most part the collection consists of souvenir ware and other Royal memorabilia. Most of the material relates to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a large component devoted to Prince Charles and Lady Diana and the Queen Mother. The collection is significant from a number of perspectives. It provides material evidence of the enduring attraction of the British Royal family. It also provides an insight into the marketing of souvenir items associated with the Royals. The collection is a wonderful example of a "magnificent obsession" on the part of the collector. The collection will be of enduring significance given the ongoing debate as to whether Australia should become a republic.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Mimi Men and Women
    Unidentified bird
    The Sun-woman
  • Captain Cook Plane Table Frame collection(3)

    Plane table frame used by Captain James Cook
    Letter of thanks from London Exhibitions Ltd, 1905
    Exhibition loan receipt for Captain Cook's Chart Rule, 1905

    The Captain Cook Plane Table Frame Collection consists of a boxwood surveyor's plane table frame and a letter and receipt relating to the frame's display at the 1905 London Naval, Shipping and Fisheries exhibition. The plane table frame and associated documentation are good condition.

    Captain Cook's voyages of discovery between 1768 and 1780 produced accurate maps, extensive collections of natural history specimens and ethnographic objects, and advances in navigation which revolutionised European understanding of the Pacific, and led to British colonisation of Australia and New Zealand. The plane table frame is believed to have been used by Cook on these voyages to map of the coasts of New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, and a number of other Pacific islands and their anchorages. The frame's associated documentation also attests to the passion for Cook relics which begins with the sale of his effects before HMS 'Resolution's' mast in 1779 and continues to the present day.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pink wool bodice
    Illustration of Lady Howards Gum

    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.

  • Gallaway-Gore collection(62)

    Receipt from Bank of Australasia
    Photographic portrait of a man holding baby
    Confirmation card for Jessie Ann Gore
    Hand written letter from Ch. Campbell dated 14 January 1835

    The Gallaway-Gore collection consists of a number of objects, including a sword and scabbard, a family bible and prayer book, several framed portraits, and a number of family papers including letters, deeds, wills, birth and marriage certificates pertaining to the Gore-Gallaway family.

    There is a long history of achievement among the generations of the Gore-Gallaway family, including three generations of maritime service, from Captain John Gore senior, who sailed with Captain James Cook on the Endeavour, his son Rear Admiral John Gore junior, who migrated to Australia and settled the property 'Gilmour' near Lake Bathurst, to his grandson Graham Gore, who was lost on the Franklin expedition. This history, as well as the family's subsequent experiences on 'Gilmour', are documented within the collection.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    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 at the Kiama Agricultural and Horticultural Association 117th Annual Show, 1965  for first prize for a tapestry bag
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Cudal Agricultural and Pastoral Society 66th Annual Show, 1967 for first prize for a bridge cloth
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Evandale Agricultural Society Autumn Show, 1975 for second prize for a tapestry bag