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  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Expedition camp, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Sandstorm approaching from beyond Lake Killalpaninna, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Film negative - Smithy at Mt. Davies camp, Tomkinson Ranges, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Women's camp fight, photographed by Herbert Basedow
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Sir Harry Rawson Laying Foundation Tablet, Masonic Hall, Ryde, 16.5.08
    Cooktown, N.Queensland
    A timber house with a white picket fence
    A view in the Domain, Melbourne, Vic
  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    Scrapbook with a green hardcover containing newspaper clippings, telegrams and some photographs from 1915-1958 documenting the motoring life of Jack Burton
    Photograph of the horse
    Invitation addressed to Mr and Mrs Burton for the wedding of Elizabeth Duffield and Howard Dossor, 1958
    Gold medal show award from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Royal Spring Fair 1927
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token engraved with the initials G.E.R., 1828
    Convict love token from James Kelly, 1818
    Convict love token from 1830
    Convict love token from C. Wilkingson, 1824

    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.

  • George and Sylvia Milne collection(6)

    Federation-era flag
    Federation souvenir teaspoon
    Queensland Federation medallion
    Federation-era bunting

    Associated with the Federation celebrations of 1901, this collection consists of six decorative and souvenir objects. The vendor acquired the collection in approximately 2001 during research into the social history of Federation. A Federation flag and two pieces of bunting depicting the Union Jack and portraits of royalty were thought to have been used in street decorations. Two souvenir medallions and a souvenir silver teaspoon were produced as souvenirs for the Australian public. All objects are in a good state of conservation.

    Federation provided an opportunity for the new nation to assert its position within the British Empire and was enthusiastically celebrated by the Australian public. As documented in archival collections, this collection may be examined as an example of the commercial aspect of street decoration in many urban centres across the country. It also illustrates the centrality of small promotional souvenirs to many individuals' participation in the celebrations surrounding Federation.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Katatjilkarr to Kaningarra' by  Miriam Napanangka, 2007
    'Cattle at Durba Springs' by Mervyn Street, 2007
    'Punmu' by Mary Meribida, 2008
    Fibre basket by Rosie Williams, 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)

    Mauve satin covered ladies left shoe
    Leather bridle, with 4-ring snaffle bit, noseband, and blinkers
    Handwritten note of sections of the bible
    Pencil sketch of a cat and a dog

    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 Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Painting depicts four goannas
    Painting depicting modjarki, freshwater crocodile, by Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru
    Wooden container 'Snake Dreaming at Tjuntina', painted by Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri, 1977
    'Snake Dreaming at Naruingya', by Yumpuluru Tjungurrayi, 1976