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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    The Town Hall, Sydney, NSW
    A peep on the Bulli Pass, South Coast, N.S.W.
    Pathway, Leg of Mutton Lake, Mt Gambier, SA
    A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Dinner menu from R.M.S. Niagara with the autographs of the 1913 Australian Cricket team
    Program of cricket matches scheduled by the South Australian Cricket Association for season 1906-07
    Black and white team photograph of the 1913 Australian Cricket team on tour to Canada and the U.S.A.
    Members ticket to the Marylebone Cricket Club England 1934
  • Canning Stock Route collection(125)

    'Minyma Kutjarra' by Pulpurru Davies, 2008
    Fibre basket by Rosie Williams, 2008
    Fibre basket by Noreena Kadibil, 2008
    'Kinyu' by Eubena Nampitjin, 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..

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    By Nelson's Column 1897: Some Folks Who Have Done Their Duty
    Newspaper cover for a sketch
    Photograph of  William Hugh Anderson and Lilian Faithfull on horseback

    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.

  • Christies Auction collection(172)

    Pages 21 to 24 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Pages 25 to 28 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Pages 13 to 16 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Black and white lantern slide of a sketch - Joseph (Joe) Byrne
  • Carmelo Mirabelli collection no. 1(20)

    Kerosene fueled stove with a single burner
    Cane cutter's water bottle
    Homemade Barramundi fishing line
    Reversible pink jacket

    The Carmelo Mirabelli collection consists of 16 items relating to Mr Mirabelli's six years of itinerant work after migrating from Sicily to Australia in 1951. He travelled between Ingham, Qld; Shepparton and Mildura, Vic. following the seasonal harvests of sugar cane in Queensland and stone fruit and grapes in Victoria in order to find a 'home' in Australia. The collection includes his cane-cutting knife, fruit-picking apron, grape picking basket, camera, bicycle, kerosene stove and Remitter's Record Card which he used to send money to his mother in war-ravaged Sicily.

    The Mirabelli collection reflects aspects of post-WWII Italian migration. It is representative of itinerant or seasonal workers lives in the post war period and how these flows of people connected Queensland to Victoria. The fact that Mr Mirabelli encouraged other cane cutters to pick fruit in Shepparton supports this. The collection adds to the understanding of post war agricultural history, particularly that of fruit picking and cane cutting which are not represented in the NHC. The Mirabelli collection also illustrates how phases of mobility and consolidation were part of the Italian male migrant experience in the post war era.

  • Papuan Official collection(1043)

    Shell money
    Shell money
    Carved wallaby
    Carved human head
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Malayan-type pigmented hollow cylindrical wood pipe with metal bowl
    Canoe Kangaroo Men Fish
    Weapon - Spearthrower
    South East Wind