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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Florence Ethel (Bobbie) Faithfull wearing a sleeveless beaded evening dress
    Photograph - Florence Ethel and Hazel Faithfull in Egypt
    Christmas card
    Handwritten recipe

    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)

    Congregational Church Marrickville
    Aboriginal Boy, South Australia
    Inner Harbour, Townsville
    Merchant Mills Dept. (18
  • Andrew Reeves collection no. 5(24)

    Amalgamated Society of Engineers - diagramatic key to union emblem
    Award of Merit certificate issued by the Amalgamated Engineering Union
    Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners
    Melbourne Wharf Labourers' Union Certificate of Recognition

    The Andrew Reeves collection consists of twenty-three trade union certificates used in Australia from 1860-1970. They are generally in good condition considering their age, use and material (paper based). They cover a range of Australian worker's unions, including a number which either were amalgamated into larger unions or ceased to exist.

    The period between the 1850s and the 1970s spans a key time in the development, working condition gains and various ebbs and flow of Australian trade unions. Certificates in this collection document achievements including the eight hour work day but also allow reflection on the dwindling support for unions during the 20th century. In addition, as the designs of Australian certificates follow the centuries old British tradition of union emblems they provide examples of links between worker's organisations in Australia and England.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Second Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1889
    Prize card awarded to Mr A. L. Faithfull 1890
  • David Allen medals collection(111)

    Aldinga Annual Ploughing Match 1853 'Best Man'
    Coonamble P & A Association 'Best Hogskin Saddle'
    Liverpool Plains P A & H Association 1877 'Arab Stallion'
    Wilcannia P. A. & H. Society 1893 'Brood Mare With Foal at Foot'
  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)

    Certificate
    Certificate
    Certificate
    Certificate

    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.

  • E Redlich collection(24)

    Price list from Hermannsburg Mission, 1961
    An undated invoice addressed to W Redlich
    Consignment note addressed to Mr E Redlich from the Jinke River Mission dated the 6 December 1961
    Typed invoice addressed to Mr E Redlich from the Church Missionary Society dated the 10 July 1956.
  • Tichborne Claimant Album collection(1)

    Album of carte-de-visite photographs relating to the trial of Arthur Orton (Tichborne claimant)

    The Tichborne Claimant Album collection consists of a tanned, goatskin leather-bound album of sixty carte-de-visite photographs, many with handwritten captions, relating to the Tichborne Claimant.

    Arthur Orton, alias Thomas Castro (1834-1898) was a butcher from Wagga Wagga, NSW who travelled to England in 1866 claiming that he was Sir Roger Tichborne Bt, heir to the Tichborne estates. In 1854 Sir Roger Tichborne had set sail from South America on a ship bound for Jamaica and had not been heard of since. Lady Tichborne accepted Arthur Orton as her son but other family members were not convinced. The Claimant was finally convicted of perjury and sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment. When Arthur Orton died in 1898, the Tichborne family consented to him being buried in the Tichborne vault as Roger Tichborne, once again highlighting the ambiguity surrounding his true identity. The case captured popular imagination both in Britain and Australia. The Australian people were fascinated by the case and intrigued that a man from the Antipodes could turn out to be an English baronet. The case inspired songs, skits and novels and entered popular culture through comics, games, toys and figurines.

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