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  • The Christensen Fund collection no. 1(67)

    Attack on Store Dray
    Native dwellings
    Night fishing
    Portraits of the Aboriginal inhabitants
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Photograph of a woman and dog
    Black and white photograph of the Faithfull family group
    The Saturday Magazine

    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.

  • Loretta Edmonston collection(8)

    Sunshine Review, no. 27, January 1955
    Postcard featuring the ship, Quilpue, being loaded with H. V. McKay agricultural equipment bound for the Argentine
    Sunshine Review, no.9, July 1950
    Sunshine Review, vol.5, no.11, March 1948

    The collection includes a total of 67 glass plates housed in four boxes, a postcard featuring the Quilpue being loaded with Sunshine made agricultural equipment for Argentina, and six copies of the Sunshine Review. The plates feature images of H.V. McKay built harvesters in Ballarat in 1902, as well as overseas trips undertaken by staff of the company including Sam McKay to Argentina and North Africa in the early 1900s.

    The Sunshine Harvester Works of Hugh Victor McKay was, at its peak, the largest manufacturing plant in Australia. Renowned for the innovative way in which it marketed and promoted its products, the company was one of the earliest to export Australian made goods to overseas markets. The company also had a significant impact on Australian industrial relations with the Harvester Judgement, handed down in 1907, giving rise to the legal requirement for a basic wage, which would dominate industrial relations through the 20th Century. The Melbourne suburb of Sunshine owes its name to the company that set up there in the early 1900s.

  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of Randwick Junior Rugby Union Football Club, 2nd Grade Runners-Up, 1920
    Black and white autographed photographic postcard of a young girl called Lottie in a swim suit, Sydney, 1915
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer John Weissmuller, 1921
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Gertrude Ederle, New York, 1922
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from Kettle, 1832
    Convict love token from Edward Hawkins, 1834
    Convict love token engraved with the initials R.T. and C.S., 1833
    Convict love token from William Hancock, 1832

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Most Valuable Bull Dog in the World, Chineham Young Jack, Fed on Molassine Dog Cakes
    Sydney, La Ville et le Port
    St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney
    Australia Day, Hobart, July 30, 1915
  • History of Netball - Margaret Pewtress collection(68)

    British Columbia Netball Clinic
    Victoria versus South Australia 5 Sept 1964
    Sung to the Tune of 'Oh what a mouth'
    Second World Netball Tournament Australia 1967

    The History of Netball collection consists of material relating to the history of national and international level netball in Australia from the 1930s to the present day. The collection of thirty three objects has been formed through donations by seven separate donors representing different eras and roles in netball history.

    Sport has always been a large part of Australian life and Australians have always enjoyed success on the international sporting arena. Australian women in particular have consistently been high achievers in international sporting events and netball is one sport where this has been proven repeatedly. The sport evolved and developed in Commonwealth Countries in the early 1900s. In Australia this resulted in a unique local style and a strong Australian contribution to international rules and standards of play. Netball enjoys the third highest participant rate among all sports played in Australia, is the most popular women's sport and is enjoyed both in the country and the city.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(125)

    Fibre basket by Noreena Kadibil, 2008
    'Kaningarra' by Manmarr Daisy Andrews, 2007
    'My Father Looking for his Brother' by Clifford Brooks, 2007
    'Puntuwarri' by Milly Kelly and Hayley Atkins, 2007

    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..