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  • Everitt and George Family collection(911)

    Photographic print depicting Mr George with a toy theatre
    Manuscript titled 'From Sleeping Beauty's stage'
    Handwritten document, listing stage movements for characters in the play 'The Silver Palace'
    Toy theatre play booklet, scenery and figures for 'The Sleeping Beauty'

    The Everitt and George Family collection consists of over 800 objects including a Toy Theatre with a 'Redington' proscenium and a second back stage, play booklets and associated scenery, photographs of the Toy Theatre, and documents and working notes related to the collection. The collection is in good condition.

    The Toy Theatre was invented in England around 1811, reflecting the popularity of pantomimes and plays performed in the leading theatres around London in the same period. They soon became a favourite pastime for teenage boys and adult collectors alike, with a long list of publishers producing a wealth of material. B Pollock was one of the most famous of these publishers and the earliest pieces in this collection have been attributed to Pollock. Though this was largely an English tradition the collection reflects the first owner Edward Everitt's heritage, who migrated to Australia in the 19th century bringing parts of the Toy Theatre with him.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Bark painting depicting circles in a geometric design by P. Teeampi, Bathurst Island
    Painting depicts two fish side by side & alimentary tract
    Painting depicts two fish opposing each other
    Three fish.
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Near the pumping station, Blue Lake, Mt Gambier, SA
    Site of the Barren Jack Dam. N.S.W
    Footbridge, from Ninety Mile beach, Lakes Entrance, Vic
    An Orchestral Rehearsal
  • National Library of Australia collection(3)

    Moulded wooden lid to cover a Hammond Multiplex typewriter
    Hammond brand Multiplex typewriter
    Hammond brand Multiplex typewriter with removable cover
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting depicting a dilly bag fish trap made by the Wawilak sisters by Dawidi Djuwarak, Milingimbi, 1966
    Bark painting depicting a ceremonial trepang (beche de mer) and features suckerfish, stingrays and sharks by Birrikidji Gumana, Yirrkala, 1966
    Bark painting depicting two Nyapililngu ancestral women by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1966
  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Jitirr' by Jukuja Dolly Snell, 2007
    'Lumpu Lumpu' by Manmarr Daisy Andrews, 2007
    'Puntuwarri' by Pukarlyi Milly Kelly, 2007
    Coolamon by Pampirla Hansen Boxer, 2008

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Handwritten recipe for making soup
    Handwritten recipes for pickling hams and tongues
    Ladies dyed pink satin left tango shoe, with a clear cut bead at the centre top
    1909. Aunt Florie's car, probably collected in Sydney by Lucian Faithfull. The car is a Minerva, made in Belgium and famous as luxury cars

    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.

  • Sir Douglas Mawson collection(4)

    Typed transcript of the handwritten letter
    Proclamation of British sovereignty over King George V Land (Antarctica), signed by Sir Douglas Mawson, 1931
    Letter of
    Canister made from food tins

    The Sir Douglas Mawson Collection comprises two letters, one handwritten and the other, a typed transcript, stating: Â?proclamation read and flag planted on McRobertson Land on 18 February, 1931Â? Latitude 67.26 South, Longitude 60.49 East claiming large tracts of Antarctica Mainland and off lying islands; and an earlier proclamation written in copperplate on rag paper by A L Kennedy, a physicist in Mawson's party, and signed by Sir Douglas Mawson, proclaiming British sovereignty over King George V Land (Antarctica) between Longitudes 142 and 160 degrees east of Greenwich, and between Latitude 66 degrees south and the South Pole, on 5 January 1931. The collection also contains three food tins which have been soldered together to form a canister. Forty-six years later, members of the 1977 Australian Antarctic Expedition retrieved the objects from their burial place beneath a cairn in Commonwealth Bay.

    Distinguished polar explorer and scientist, Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958), led three research expeditions to Antarctica, the first from 1911-14, and the second and third - British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expeditions (BANZARE) - in 1929-30 and 1930-31. However, as well as the advancement of scientific exploration, oceanographic work and biological knowledge, great emphasis for MawsonÂ?s later voyages lay on British intentions to pre-empt territorial expansion by Norway, which was intent on securing rights over Antarctic territory to support and extend its whaling industry. Instructions issued by Prime Minister Robert Bruce to Mawson on 12 September 1929, explained clearly that territorial acquisition (in BruceÂ?s words, to Â?plant the British flagÂ?) was to be a chief objective of his voyages. The documents in this collection are considerably important in terms of territorial claims and international politics. MawsonÂ?s team were the first to map much of the coast, and this provided firm foundation for sovereignty over 5,800,000 square kilometres, or forty-two percent, of eastern Antarctic Territory to be transferred from Britain to Australia under the Australian Antarctic Territory Acceptance Act 1933, which came into effect in 1936. Although several states have claimed territory in Antarctica, Australia effectively controls a greater area than has been claimed by any other nation.