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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Newcastle Beach, Newcastle, NSW
    An old Cannibal - Fiji
    The Strike 1909 Tom Mann
    Ten men, some with shovels or picks, standing around a horse and cart
  • Bevan Hayward collection no. 1(19)

    The Tour by Bevan Hayward [Pooaraar]
    Drawing depicting three men with rifles on horseback, riding past an Aboriginal woman, man and child in the foreground by Bevan Hayward [Pooaraar]
    The Opening of Parliament House by Bevan Hayward [Pooaraar]
    Bandjalang by Bevan Hayward [Pooaraar]
  • Barry Williams collection(60)

    Scout's Carpenter badge certificate
    Scout's Athlete badge certificate
    Scout's Fireman badge certificate
    Scout's Basketworker badge certificate

    The Barry Williams collection comprises 53 items of 1940s scout memorabilia, including awards and items of uniform from the Surry Hills scout troop, Sydney. Awards such as badges, cords, shoulder tabs and dated certificates are a complete material record of the donor's progress from scout to king's scout. The collection contains the full range of awards available to scouts in the 1940s, except for two awards.

    This collection records a scouting experience that is typically Australian. The 1940s marks a stage of great popularity for the Scouting movement when they were a very visible presence in Australia. The Surry Hills scout troop was disbanded in the 1990s, the demise of the group was probably caused by the changing demographic and social values, of the people living in Surry Hills. This collection is a record of a past urban scouting experience in Australia. It is also evocative of some of the social changes that have taken place in Australia, that have contributed to the decrease in popularity, of the scouting movement.

  • Nettie McColive collection(189)


    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    Fibre basket by Janice Nixon, 2008
    'Pangkapini, Minyipuru' by Mulyatingki Marney, 2007
    'Cattle at Durba Springs' by Mervyn Street, 2007
    'Lake Disappointment' by Yanjimi Peter Rowlands, 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)

    What do you think of this? Pearl
    The Pool of London
    Photograph - Pamela Maple Brown with the landau .
    A Happy Christmas from the Dolls and from the little Mothers too

    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.

  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Certificate of thanks to Ruby Lee for donating $1 to the Australian Olympic Team, 1984
    Handwritten note
    Merit certificate awarded to Ruby Monaghan
    S.W.W.C.A. 1934 England Visit Australia
  • Alex and Paddy Stitt collection(14)

    Life. Be in it comic strip featuring Norm, 902
    Life. Be in it. February 1987
    Life. Be in it poster: Every little bit helps!
    Life Games

    The Alex and Paddy Stitt collection comprises a number of objects relating to the Life. Be In It public health campaign of the late 1970s and 1980s. In the collection are one T-shirt bearing the Life. Be In It logo, worn by Alex Stitt, the animator of the original Life. Be In It campaign, T-shirt bearing the Life. Be In It logo, produced in association with World Cricket series, three original Norm comic strips, drawn by Alex Stitt, six Life. Be In It posters promoting exercise and a healthy life, one Life. Be In It book describing games to play, one Life. Be In It book titled 'Walkies' detailing walks in Victoria where pets can be taken.

    The Life. Be In It public health campaign was initiated by the Victorian state government in 1975 and then taken up by the Federal government in 1978 and introduced throughout Australia. Life. Be In It aimed to educate the Australian public about exercise in a fun and non-threatening manner, making it part of everyday routine. The campaign was developed by the advertising group Monahan Dayman Adams and promoted through community announcements on television, cartoons in newspapers and also through community groups. Life. Be In It achieved a 94% recognition rate in 1984 and represents an important collaboration between government an advertising in creating awareness about the importance of public health.