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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Tirranna race club members card
    Ladies dyed pink satin left tango shoe, with a clear cut bead at the centre top
    Extract from Mr Charles Matcham's letters to a relative in England 1834
    Envelope addressed to W P Faithfull, Springfield, Goulburn

    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.

  • Bernice Spence Fryer collection(5)

    Souvenir cup from the opening of Old Parliament House on 9 May 1927

    'Picturesque views - Canberra - The Capital of Australia Federal Territory.'

    Views of the Federal Capital Territory. Australia

    Souvenir saucer from the opening of Old Parliament House on 9 May 1927

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Randwick Race Course, Sydney, NSW
    1909 Lockout. Picket's camp
    Railway Bridge, Bridgewater, South Australia
    Town Hall Sydney
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Ve 8 Hankow 12 14 1640....VERY DELIGHTED LOVE, KARL
    LCO Aumuller Powhattan, Hankow Received letter decided return Hankow, November First, Innes
  • William and Jeanette Derham Family - Bendigo Pottery collection(417)

    Ceramic Toby jug titled J Arthur
    Ceramic ewer jug 1882
    Ceramic vase
    Ceramic money box

    The William and Jeanette Derham family collection is the physical manifestation of Mr Derham's commitment to documenting the work of Bendigo Pottery, its wares and institutional history, as well as the association he and his family had with the business between 1968 and 1983. The collection consists of historic Bendigo Pottery ceramics from the 19th and 20th centuries which illustrate the diversity of wares produced between 1858 and 1971, as well as a comprehensive range of items manufactured during the Derham era. This material is supported by a unique collection of stamps and printing blocks used as part of the manufacturing and advertising processes as well as documentary materials, photographs and ephemera which illustrate working life at Bendigo Pottery.

    Since its establishment in 1858, Bendigo Pottery has played a significant role in the history of Australian ceramics, producing wares ranging from the domestic and decorative, to the utilitarian and industrial. The history of the business illustrates the process of technological transfer in the decorative arts, the adaptation of imported ceramic traditions to local markets and the development of distinctively Australian imagery, styles and pottery products. Bendigo Pottery has provided useful products and employment opportunities to the community for 150 years and on an aesthetic level ensured that the skills of the potter, which so easily could have been lost with the advent of mass production techniques, have been preserved for posterity.

  • Hans Kohl collection(103)

    Black and white photograph  - Mr and Mrs Adelmann at Namatanai in 1908.
    Black and white photograph - Adelmann in front of his house, Herbersthill, 1904
    Black and white photograph - Bridge over Matahan River near Namatanai.
    Black and white photograph - Adelmann family with Kandas and Karoline at Herbertshill
  • Milo Dunphy collection no. 2(120)

    Hatchet with a leather cover associated with Milo Dunphy
    Canvas shoulder bag associated with Milo Dunphy
    Paddy Pallin brand Khaki canvas backpack associated with Milo Dunphy
    Dark brown leather hiking boots associated with Milo Dunphy

    The Milo Dunphy collection no. 2 contains 120 objects, including several items of clothing suitable for bushwalking, hiking and camping (shirts, scarves, beanies, gloves, socks, thermal underwear, boots, gaiters), water bags, drawstring bags, haversacks, camping equipment (billy cans, cooking and eating utensils, water bottles, food storage containers), backpacks, rucksacks, sleeping bags, first aid kit, white japara tent bag containing a white japara wall tent inscribed with place names, membership badge of the Mountain Trails Club of N.S.W, singlet style Speedo swimming costume, Paddy Pallin khaki canvas backpack and khaki japara 'A' framed tent, manufactured by "Paddy Made". Some of the objects include items of gear passed down to Milo by his father Myles Dunphy, while others were purchased or assembled by Milo himself. Elements of this kit were used for bushwalking and camping expeditions (and visits to some environmental blockades/protests) throughout Australia, from Tasmania to North Queensland and the Northern Territory. There were also expeditions to New Zealand and Nepal, and some kit items such as Nepalese woollen gloves and cap were collected overseas.

    Pioneering Australian architect, bushwalker and conservationist, Myles Dunphy OBE, (1891-1985), was a passionate advocate and campaigner for the establishment of National Parks. The Mountain Trails Club, which Myles Dunphy established with friends Roy Rudder and Bert Gallop in 1914, led to the development of a bushwalking movement and to the emergence of a voluntary conservation movement. His son, Milo Dunphy AM (1928-1996), also an architect, inherited his fatherÂ?s passion and vision and followed in his footsteps as a bushwalker, explorer and conservationist. Milo Dunphy lead successful campaigns to establish national parks within the Blue Mountains, stood as a candidate in two federal elections, was active in several conservation organizations and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1986. The DunphysÂ? work continues through the Dunphy Wilderness Fund, which spends one million dollars a year (since September 1996) to purchase leasehold and privately held areas of natural significance.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - An episode in the great fire ceremony, Forrest River mission, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Sinkhole in limestone rock, Nullarbor Plain, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Lionel Gee with unnamed man, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905
    Film negative - Jetty, Fowlers Bay, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920