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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Penitentiary & Hospital, Port Arthur
    Loutitt Bay from Dean Marsh Road, Lorne, Vic
    Snowcapped Hills of Yass
    Government House, Sydney
  • Claude Dunshea collection no. 1(4)

    Miner's short-handled pick
    Handmade wooden gold mining cradle on rockers
    Gold pan associated with Claude Dunshea
  • John Collinson Close collection(26)

    Registered envelope addressed to J H Collinson Close, Mosman, NSW
    Leather bound brass telescope, used by John Close
    Six page letter from John Close to Alice Close, Antarctica 1911
    Seven page letter from John Close to Alice Close, Antarctica 1911

    This collection comprises objects belonging to John Henry Collinson Close, a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911-1914, led by Dr Douglas Mawson. It includes a telescope and case; pocket compass; Bryant and May matchbox (used to keep Close's Morse code); diary entries and letters from Close to his wife Alice (three on AAE letterhead); a hand-stitched canvas pouch with a label written by Close in ink, containing two rock samples collected in Antarctica and sent to Alice by supply ship in 1912; a copy of Life Magazine from September 1914; newspaper cuttings of eight articles written by or referencing Close; three typescript letters, including correspondence from Douglas Mawson; handwritten copies of two poems, including one by Tennyson; a newspaper cutting of a Douglas Stewart poem; and a registered envelope addressed to Close.

    The John Collinson Close collection dates from the 'heroic era' of Antarctic exploration, perhaps the last great period of geographical discovery on Earth. It demonstrates key events in a story that led to Australia's claim over 42% of the continent. Linked to this story, and to this collection, are simultaneous ties to the old notions of Empire and the assertion of a new national identity. Close's private letters and journalism reveal the contrast between the personal experiences of a lesser-known expeditioner and a venture, overshadowed by a mythologised leader, now abstracted into the national memory and imagination.

  • Dr Karel Kupka collection(71)

    Bark painting 'Fight between Crocodile-man and Stingray-man' by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1963
    Bark painting 'Six Mimi Spirits (four males and two females) walking' by Jimmy Namiridali Nonganyari, Croker Island, 1963
    Men making south-east wind (Mamariga).
    Bark painting titled Snakes and Lizards by Mithinarri Gurruwiwi, Yirrkala, 1963
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Bottle green cricket cap with insignia the
    Black and white photograph of Edgar Richard Mayne and Sidney Hand Emery on board the S.S. Niagara
    Dinner menu from R.M.S. Otway that has been signed by the Australian cricket team of 1912
    A.E. Stoddart bat, 1897
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Handwritten recipe for elderberry wine
    Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War - Britons for ever.
    Two small metal pieces of the hand and spring assembly from a Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver.
    National Anthem, and God Save the King, handwritten on a piece of paper

    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.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    A tea set with ATSIC logos
    Portrait of David Unaipon by Lyell Dolan
    Painting by Gordon Syron - Miners Cottage, 1982
    Landscape painting

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

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

    The Dugong, Inunguluna
    Weapon - Spearthrower
    Weapon - Spear