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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Best Wishes from Your Friends
    A sudden squall
    The bridge over Mitchell River, Bairnsdale, Vic
    The Weir, Yarrawonga, Vics
  • Dr Karel Kupka collection(71)

    Bark painting 'Six Mimi Spirits (four males and two females) walking' by Jimmy Namiridali Nonganyari, Croker Island, 1963
    Bark painting titled Snakes and Lizards by Mithinarri Gurruwiwi, Yirrkala, 1963
    Bark painting 'Two Mimi Spirits (males) dancing' by Paddy Compass Namatbara, Croker Island, 1963
    Bark painting titled Salmons and Turtles Fishing by Lipundja, Milingimbi, Northern Territory
  • Norm Wilson PNG Patrol Officer collection(14)

    Black painted square metal storage box
    Book with loose leaf titled Territory of Papua and New Guinea, Department of Native Affairs, Departmental Standing Instructions, General Field Administration
    Loose leaf from book titled Territory of Papua and New Guinea, Department of Native Affairs, Departmental Standing Instructions, General Field Administration
    Metal storage box

    The Norm Wilson Collection consists of one bed sail, one mosquito net, two closed metal boxes, three flags, one hat, two raincoats, one frypan and one Department of Native Affairs General Field Administration book. The collection was used by Norm on patrols in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea from 1962 - 1979. The collection is in good condition.

    Patrols begain in British New Guinea in 1885, one year after south east New Guinea was declared a British protectorate. Patrols were undertaken for the purpose of opening up new country and expanding administrative control in the area. At the outbreak of World War One, an Australian military force assumed control of German New Guinea and by 1921 administration of the area was handed to Australia by the League of Nations. In December 1973 Papua New Guinea gained self-government with complete independence on 16 September 1975.

    As a Patrol Officer, Norm was required to travel through the Eastern Highlands District and depending on the area and the circumstance of the patrol his duties were: consolidation of administrative influence, maintain rule of law, conduct court cases and preside as Magistrate, carry out police work, conduct censuses, encourage economic development, provide escorts, purchase land for governmental use and oversee local elections.

  • Vane Lindesay collection no. 1(71)

    Letter dated 9/10/1976 from Maurice Horn to Vane Lindesay
    Letter from Maurice Horn, 1977
    Biography of cartoonist William Ellis Greens
    The inked-in image: a survey of Australian comic art
  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)


    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from J. Parker, 1844
    Convict love token from Thomas Freeman, 1843
    Convict love token engraved with the name Jane Jones
    Convict love token from G. Emms, 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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Hatbox and contents
    Blind Man's Buff
    School report
    Pencil sketch depicting the ruins of a church

    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.

  • Ron Bell collection(697)

    Upper grinding stone

    Upper grinding stone