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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Guarded suit
    Postcard featuring a photograph of a street scene with a large crowd of men, women and children
    Surf Carnival. Bronte N.S.W
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Mustard-coloured leather wedge-shaped case for spectacles
    Black and white photograph of Hope, Lilian and Clare Faithfull
    Painting of a sailing ship
    Note dated November 1890

    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.

  • Bill Elliott's Agua Caliente Racebook (Phar Lap) collection(2)

    Sepia photograph of Bill Elliott riding Phar Lap
    Official Program Agua Caliente Jockey Club

    This collection consists of the Official Program for the Agua Caliente Jockey Club for 20 March 1932, inscribed by Phar Lap's jockey, Bill Elliott. Elliott rode Phar Lap in the famous horse's last race, the Agua Caliente Handicap, just prior to the champion's death in the United States.

    Phar Lap's name is still readily recognised by large numbers of Australians. He is one of Australia's best known sporting heroes. He remains a legend. His racing prowess, reflected in numerous wins in major Australian races in 1929-31 and victory in the 1930 Melbourne Cup, have left him permanently established in Australia's sporting mythology. Phar Lap's staying power, humble bloodlines and consistent wins against heavy handicaps made him a favourite among enormous numbers of Australians battling during the Depression. The horse's death under suspicious circumstances in California, just after the Agua Caliente victory, had a huge impact at the time and served to make Phar Lap's reputation even more powerful and permanent.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from A. Woolley, Manchester, 1804
    Convict love token from Henery Parry, 1839
    Convict love token from D. Frazier, 1835
    Convict love token from M.M., 1828

    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.

  • Lionel Rose collection no. 2(1)

    Lionel Rose's International Bantamweight Championship Title Match, 2 July 1968 boxing trophy

    The Lionel Rose Collection consists of the World Bantamweight title match trophy won by defending champion, Lionel Rose when he defeated Takao Sukurai on 2 July 1968, in Tokyo. The trophy features thirteen gilt and silver metallic columns decorated with four miniature eagles and four miniature boxers raised on a black wooden plinth. The plinth has a plaque engraved with an inscription in Japanese which reads, 'International Bantamweight Title Match, Champion, Lionel Rose (Australia) versus Takao Sakurai (Japan), 1968, July 2, Tokyo - Nihon Budokan'.

    Lionel Rose first won the World Bantamweight title in February 1968. He went on to win it again in July 1968 and March 1969. Rose was Australia's bantamweight champion from 1966 - 1969 and was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to sport. In 1968, Rose was named Australian of the Year. He was the first Aboriginal to receive this honour and was regarded by many as a symbol of hope for Indigenous people in Australia. In three years and just twenty-nine fights, Rose emerged from the obscurity of a small aboriginal settlement at Jackson's Track to become World Bantamweight champion.

  • Swan Richards collection(7)

    Australian One-Day International Cricket Team baggy yellow cap, worn by wicket keeper Rod Marsh
    Pair of wicket keeper's leather gloves worn by Australian wicket keeper Rod Marsh
    Baggy green cricket cap with embroidered coat of arms on the front, worn by Greg Chappell
    Pair of wicket keeper's leather gloves

    The Swan Richards collection consists of seven items relating to Australian cricket in the twentieth century. It includes Bill O'Reilly's NSW Sheffield Shield blazer, Rod Marsh's wicket keeping gloves and one day international cap, Greg Chappell's Australian Test cap and cricket bat and Wally Grout's wicket keeping gloves and world record 8-catch ball mounted as a trophy.

    Robert 'Swan' Richards, a well known cricket identity and recipient of the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, collected these objects during his career as a cricket bat maker and businessman. The items in the collection relate to the history of Australian cricket from the end of the Second World War to the 1980s. During these five decades cricket changed immensely, from a game played by amateur sportsmen to one played by professional sportsmen in a commercial atmosphere.

  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6(44)

    Chasm Is.
  • Maningrida Arts and Crafts 04/06/1974 collection(39)

    Painting depicts an abstract pattern with patterned squares
    Painting depicts an abstract pattern of cross-hatching with horizontal and vertical lines.
    Bark painting depicting a kangaroo hunted by humans
    Painting depicts a human figure next to a fish and a serpent