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  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2(85)

    Bark painting featuring an oval shape outlined in black & white
    Painting has 3-pronged appearance with central oval shape design
    Bark painting representing kulama initiation by Deaf Tommy in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965
    Bark painting depicting 30 circles, in combinations of black, white, red or yellow
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Collaroy Beach from Greenwood's Roof Garden
    No 3. How We Beat The Favourite
    High Street, Bowraville, 1908
    Camp Cove Watson's Bay N.S.W
  • Department of Defence collection(118)

    Fastening pin for latch on chronometer
    Dobbie Son & Hutton Marine Chronometer No 5475, with accessories in a wooden case, used in HMAS Australia
    Barraud No 2/901 chronometer with Poole's auxiliary compensated balance
    John Rodgers Marine Chronometer No 1/1853, with accessories in a wooden case
  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Handwritten poem
    Christmas card from Betty Archdale to Ruby Monaghan, 1935
    Handwritten note
    S.W.W.C.A. 1934 England Visit Australia
  • Bruce Breaden collection(17)

    Leather hobbles with chain
    Aboriginal stockman hat

    Aboriginal stockman bridle and reins

    Aboriginal stockman's saddlebag

    This collection consists of 17 objects worn or used by Bruce Breaden in his daily work as head stockman on cattle stations in central Australia: an Akubra hat, a pair of R. M. Williams elastic-sided boots, a pair of R. M. Williams trousers, two long-sleeved shirts, a long-sleeved jumper, a synthetic belt (featuring a leather pocket knife pouch or sheath, counted as a separate object), a pocket knife, a Syd Hill Giltrow Poley saddle (with breastplate, stirrups, girth and surcingle attached), a leather quartpot holder, a leather saddlebag, a bridle, a pair of reins, a plaited fibre lead rope, a hobble chain and a branding iron.

    Bruce Breaden's stockman's kit represents the history of Aboriginal people in the cattle industry of northern Australia and their essential contribution to the development of what is now one of the nation's major exports (and a major source of national iconography). The collection also represents Mr Breaden's personal expertise in traditional skills so vital to the industry before the advent of aerial mustering, beef roads and satellite technology. However, the Equal Wages Case of 1965 forced him off cattle stations, including those on his own country. A Luritja man born at Tempe Downs, where he also first started work, Mr Breaden fought for 25 years until he secured land rights over the Tempe Downs/Middleton Ponds region on behalf of his people.

  • Dulcie May Magnus collection(30)

    20 wooden and metal braille punches
    Numerical braille plate
    Bifold brass plate for punching braille
    Perkins Brailler

    The Dulcie May Magnus Collection consists of a Perkins Brailler, 16 assorted wood and metal awls, metal folding ruler with punch holes, and various printed material.
    Dulcie Magnus used these objects in her work for the Royal Blind Society.

    Dulcie Magnus worked for the Royal Blind Society for over twenty years, transcribing music into Braille and large print piano music. Mrs Magnus also organised the first Australian Braille Music Seminar held at the Royal Blind Society in Sydney, 1980. She was honoured with many awards acknowledging her work with the Royal Blind Society, including the Order of Australia Medal in 1992.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon 1915
    Alfred Maple-Brown
    Christmas card from Governor General William Slim, 1958
    Nineteeth Sunday After Trinity

    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.

  • Nance Pownall collection(19)

    Note to Nancy Clements
    Hand-coloured and annotated map of Holland
    Cricketer Nance Clements putting on batting pads
    Invitation to Miss Clements to a reception to meet YWCA Friends From Other Countries