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  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Looters on the way to be executed, Kalgan 27.6.1914
    Photograph of a pagoda style building and people standing on the stone wall
    Stone building with a pagoda style roof
    View of a temple or pagoda style building
  • Union of Australian Women collection(247)

    May Day 1979 World Peace IYC
    Women's Democratic Organisation of Afghanistan
  • Winifred Hilliard collection no. 2(310)

    Child's drawing by Angkuna, Ernabella SA
    Child's painting by unknown child, Ernabella SA
    Child's drawing by Litja, Ernabella SA
    Child's drawing by Tjume, Ernabella SA

    Winifred Hilliard collection no. 2 comprises a wide range of art and craft items including batik fabrics and clothing, pokerwork animals, acrylic paintings and children's drawings.

    Ernabella Arts is significant as one of the longest running Aboriginal art centres. Started in 1949, its artists are mainly women although men have been participating at an increasing rate of late. Over the years, many product lines have been attempted with batik being one of the most successful. It was introduced by Winifred Hilliard who was arts co-ordinator at Ernabella between 1954 and 1986. She is fondly remembered there largely due to role of assisting the artists rather than directing them what forms of art and craft to produce. In terms of the history of indigenous art and craft production in Australia both Ernabella Arts and Deaconess Hilliard hold significant postions.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7624)

    Carrington Hospital, Camden
    Yachting, Sydney Harbour
    Rushcutters Bay, Sydney (Showing Tennis Courts)
  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Letter to Light Plane Services from the C.A.A.
    Certificate of Airworthiness for aircraft HB-OFU in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1937-1938
    Letter to Light Plane Services from the C.A.A.
    Logbook certificate from Light Plane Services listing work carried out for C of A renewal, 6 May 1981

    The Neil Jensen collection consists of a Percival Gull Six aircraft, G-AERD, and associated archive. Made by the Percival Aircraft Company at Gravesend in Kent, England, in 1936, this aircraft was first purchased by Ariane Dufaux of Switzerland and registered as HB-OFU. After passing through several owners in Switzerland, the aircraft was sold to a collector and restored by Cliff Lovell in England where it was featured on the air show circuit and registered as G-AERD. Neil Jensen purchased G-AERD in 1983, and while it was based in Redhill, Surrey it was awarded the Percival Trophy by the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group.

    Born in Albury, New South Wales, in 1897, Edgar Wikner Percival served in Europe and Egypt with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Returning to Australia after the war, Percival operated a commercial aviation business while pursuing opportunities to design and manufacture new types of aircraft. In 1929, he travelled to England to work as a test pilot for the Bristol Aircraft Company, and in 1930 designed and manufactured the first low-wing cantilever monoplanes in the British Commonwealth. Percival formed the Percival Aircraft Company in 1932 and named the new aircraft series 'Gull'. Characterised by their graceful lines, the Gulls had light wooden frames covered with doped (lacquered) fabric and powerful four or six cylinder engines. Percival's Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, with Percival designing racing versions named 'Mew Gulls', which won acclaim in the Kings Cup Air Race.

  • Lady Helen Blackburn collection(513)

    Cypraeidae Cyraea Tigris from Smith Point
    Trochidae Angaria Tyria
    Volutidae Cymbiola Nobilis
    Cypraeidae Cypraea Reevei
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3506)

    Cream-coloured partial dance program 'VICTORIA BARRACKS [Military & Civil Cricket Club Ball], 4th October 1865'
    Ground floor verandah of main house at Springfield
    Cream coloured Christmas card with robin decoration
    The Rambling Botanist.

    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.

  • Jon Lewis collection(653)

    Michael Johnson
    Portrait photograph of Terry Stanton
    Portrait photograph of Beau Weight
    Portrait photograph of Christobel Draffin

    The exhibition 'Face to Face - 200 Portraits 1986 - 1988' created by Jon Lewis is a map of the face of Australia during the Bicentennial year, 1988. The striking images have become a signature piece of the National Museum of Australia's permanent Eternity gallery, having been purchased by the Museum in 2001.

    Jon Lewis is an internationally recognised photographer who is renowned for depicting snapshots of everyday life with warmth and humanity. The photographs were all taken in Lewis' Sydney studio. The portraits are in black and white and are a mixture of notable Australians and unknown members of the general public, of varying ages and backgrounds.