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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Concarneau - La Croix et le Phare
    The Explorer's Tree Katoomba.
    Two women holding parasols, Florence Ethel [Bobbie] Faithfull
    The Springfield Messenger Special Edition Account of the Opening of the New Baths

    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)

    Wellington NZ
    Boy wearing a hat, coat and shoes
    The railway station from across the river, Adelaide, SA
    Circular Quay, Sydney
  • Warakurna History Paintings collection(33)

    Partinyintjarra (Mt Toller) by Eunice Yunurupa Porter
    Mr Grayden by Judith Yinyika Chambers
    Warakurna Community by Tracy Yates
    Cutline. Warakurna to Warburton by Judith Yinyika Chambers, Dorcas Tinnimay Bennett and Martha Ward

    This collection consists of thirty-three paintings produced by Warakurna Artists for a collaborative commercial exhibition with the Outstation Gallery in Darwin. The exhibition, 'History Paintings - All the Stories got into our minds and eyes', opened in May 2011.

    The collection is significant as a broad and comprehensive body of work that presents a series of (related) Aboriginal perspectives on events in Australian history, some of which fundamentally challenge other accounts in the historical record. The collection documents the historical perspective of Ngaanyatjarra people who currently reside in the community of Warakurna. Contextualised by more customary mythic narratives, most of the works address historical events and provide an insight into the Aboriginal experience of contact on the colonial frontier. Taken together, from the Seven Sisters Dreaming to football carnivals in Warakurna today, the collection encompasses 100 years (and more) of history in the Ngaanyatjarra lands.

  • Mary Munckton and Ian Metherall collection(2)

    Vehicle compliance plate for 1949 Model 48/215 Holden sedan
    1949 Model 48/215 Holden sedan

    The Mary Monckton Collection comprises the 48-215 Holden sedan delivered to the home of Essignton Lewis (1881-1961) on the eve of 24 February 1949, the day before Holdens were released for sale to the general public. It was used by the Lewis family for a number of years before being sold. Having fallen into disuse it was salvaged by Mary Monckton and restored by students at the Wangaratta College of TAFE in 1987.

    This vehicle is a representation of the key role played by Essington Lewis in the development of 'Australia's Own Car', a reflection of post WWII national aspirations and an icon of 1950s Australian society. It markes the emergence of an Australian automobile industry, contributing significantly to the increasing prosperity of Australians in the post-way years. A Holden was the first car owned by many Australians. They have been celebrated in popular culture, including music film and even pin-ball machines.

  • Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1(203)

    Bird sculpture
    Lizard sculpture
    Mouse sculpture
    Snake sculpture
  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Heavyweight wrestling champion Tom Lurich
    Handwritten poem by Keith Dodd
    Certificate of thanks to Ruby Lee for donating $1 to the Australian Olympic Team, 1984
    Drawing of two women
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Issac Farrow, 1841
    Convict love token from J. Hooper
    Convict love token engraved with initials S.P. and T.G., 1817
    Convict love token from Richard Box, 1831

    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.

  • Royal Society Cook Medal collection(2)

    Royal Society of London Cook Medal
    Royal Society of London Cook Medal

    The Royal Society Cook Medal Collection consists of one silver and one bronzed-copper Royal Society Cook Medal c.1784-85. Both medals are in excellent condition.

    Captain Cook's three voyages of discovery between 1768 and 1780 produced accurate maps, extensive collections of natural history specimens and ethnographic materials, and major advances in navigation and hydrography which revolutionised scientific knowledge and documentation of the Pacific, and led to the colonisation of Australia and New Zealand. As Britain's principle scientific body at the time, the Royal Society played a significant role in Cook's career: his observations of an eclipse were read to the Society in April, 1767, their petition to the King resulted in the 'Endeavour' voyage in 1768, for which they outlined the scientific program; they made Cook a Fellow and awarded him the Copley medal in 1776; and they commissioned a commemorative medal after his death, the inscription on which claimed him as their own.