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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7550)

    Story Bridge, Brisbane, Qld
    Two men with two horses
    The Brisbane Tug Coy's Excursion Steamer
    An Australian Sunset
  • Department of Defence collection(118)

    Mercer Marine Chronometer No 27564, in wooden case with accessories
    Mercer Marine Chronometer No 13290 in a wooden case
    Brass winding key for chronometer
    W Jewitt & Co Marine Chronometer No 462 in a wooden case, used in HMAS Warrego
  • Ilga Tingey collection(1)

    Be a True Massey-Ferguson Man - extended play 45 rpm vinyl record and sleeves

    The Ilga Tingey collection consists of a 7-track 45 rpm vinyl record produced by Massey-Ferguson (Australia) in 1962. Titled 'Be a True Massey-Ferguson Man' and distributed by Australian offices to company representatives, the record was produced to introduce the new company theme tune, 'He's a True Massey-Ferguson Man'. Featuring music by Australian composer Vern Moore and lyrics by Massey-Ferguson (Australia) Marketing Manager Stan Payton, the song revealed the company's attempts to unify its workforce with a new corporate identity and loyalty. The record originally belonged to the donor's mother, Ilga Valerie Tingey, who received it from her employer, Massey-Ferguson, while working as a secretary in the company's Port Adelaide office from the early 1950s until the early 1960s.

    Hugh Victor (HV) McKay patented a stripper-harvester in 1885, and in partnership with his family and later a small syndicate, founded the Sunshine Harvester Works in Ballarat, Victoria. In 1904, with the business expanding nationally and internationally, McKay purchased land at Braybrook Junction and moved the factory there between 1904 and 1906. With the factory dominating so much of the suburb, it was renamed Sunshine in 1907. In 1930, the company merged with the Australian interests of Massey Harris, becoming HV McKay Massy Harris Pty Ltd. The McKay family sold their remaining shares in the company in 1955, and the renamed Massey Ferguson acquired the factory. The Ilga Tingey collection provides an important record of the company's development, transition in ownership and marketing strategy.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3502)

    Print - A Lesson for the Horsekeeper
    Lilian Faithfull, Ann Deane, William Pitt Faithfull, Ethel Faithfull (nee Joplin), Florence Faithfull
    Printed supplement from
    Byron Tales.

    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.

  • Igor Zorich collection(32)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point - glass
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2103)

    Painting by Gordon Syron entitled 'Water hole of the sleepy lizard', 1983
    Eddie Marbo, by C B Robinson.
    Fraser Island
    Carved emu egg by Sam Kirby

    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.

  • Veronica O'Leary collection no. 1(183)

    Courtroom sketch 'Cross examination of Rex Harold Kuchel, consultant botanist.' by Veronica O'Leary, 23 September 1982
    Courtroom sketch 'Mrs Chamberlain cross-examined. by Barker QC.' by Veronica O'Leary, dated 13 October 1982.
    Courtroom sketch of the Chamberlain trial by Veronica O'Leary, 1982.
    Courtroom sketch of the Chamberlain trial by Veronica O'Leary, 1982.

    The Veronica O'Leary collection consists of drawings made during the criminal trial of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain in Darwin in 1982. Veronica O'Leary was an artist and teacher living in Darwin who applied for the position of courtroom artist for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (now the Australian Broadcasting Corporation). The ABC paid for the rights to broadcast the drawings as part of the television news coverage of the events in court.

    The disappearance of Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain (11 June - 17 August 1980) has become one of the most infamous events in contemporary Australian history. The explanation of her disappearance, that she was prey to a dingo at Ayers Rock (now Uluru), was soon treated with suspicion by the general public. After two coronial inquests, Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murder and imprisoned for over three years, until mounting evidence forced a royal commission that ultimately resulted in the exoneration of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain by the Supreme Court of Darwin. The National Museum holds the largest public collection of material culture relating to the case.

  • Eric J Treloar collection(56)

    Receipt for 75 pounds from the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company
    Receipt for 50 pounds from Bleriot Aeronautics
    Training agreement between W H Treloar and L Bleriot
    Letter to W H Treloar from Young Bros, Horsham 1913

    The collection consists of 56 items related to the career and interests of William Harold Treloar, including photographs, magazines, newspaper clippings, documents and a cartoon by Tom Shield. The material was donated his son Eric J Treloar, and is drawn from Harold Treloar's employment and flight training before the First World War, and his commercial flying activities in Australia after the war.

    Born in Hamilton, Victoria in 1889, Harold Treloar was employed as a driver for Young Bros Auctioneers in Horsham from 1908, and then a motor mechanic and driver at McDonald's Garage in Hamilton from 1911. During 1912-13, Treloar was employed as a mechanic and driver at the Ballarat Motor Works. Treloar developed an interest in aviation and travelled to England where he was accepted as a pupil at the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company Limited in June 1914 for training in piloting and maintenance of aircraft. Treloar continued his training at the Point Cook aviation school after enlisting with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in 1914, and began service with the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) in 1915. Treloar was one of the first members of the AFC to enter war service as part of the 'Half Flight' sent to assist the Indian Government against Turkish forces in April 1915. In August 1915, Treloar was reported missing and then confirmed a prisoner of war, remaining in captivity until November 1918. After returning to Australia, Treloar explored a number of commercial aviation interests, entering aerial races and offering joy flights during tours of Victoria and parts of New South Wales. He was employed as an aviation officer for the British Imperial Oil Company Ltd in Adelaide, a subsidiary of the Shell Transport and Trading Company (becoming the Shell Company of Australia Ltd in 1927), from 1920 to 1940.