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  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Invitation 'To welcome the Rt Hon H.V Evatt upon his return to Australia', 1942
    Invitiation 'To meet His Excellency Dr. Hsu Mo, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Republic of China', 1941

    The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

    This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.

  • 1867 Melbourne Cup and Queen's Plate collection(2)

    1867 Queen's Plate trophy won by (Sydney) Tim Whiffler
    1867 Melbourne Cup won by (Sydney) Tim Whiffler
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Our Boys Blotter Correspondence Card
    U.S.A. Marines passing The Exchange, Sydney
    Sydney Railway Station Illuminations, U.S.A. Fleet Visit
    Five men and two camels.
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Digitalis Ambigua
    Cricket team in uniforms on a pitch
    The Sun, London, Thursday, June 28, 1838
    Typescript of Pearl Faithfull's [Lady Dilke] reminiscences of Springfield

    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.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Second Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1889
    Ram in front of a fence with farm buildings on either side
  • Raymond Holliday collection(78)

    Viola made by William Holliday, 1963
    Volin case for John Devereux violin
    Violin made by William Auchterlonie, 1939
    Violin made by John Devereux

    The Raymond Holliday collection comprise 64 violins, two viola, four violin bows, 23 music cases, one display case demonstrating flute-head making, and three booklets. The collection also features significant documentation detailing information about Australian violin makers and a selection of material representing Raymond Holliday's flute-making business.

    The collection is representative of one century of Australian violin-making from the 1800s to the late 1900s. It demonstrates the variety of makers and skills in the craft. It is also distinguished by the collector's hand - his creations, his life-long passion for violins, and his important role in advocating recognition of Australian musical instrument making. The collection features violins and violas, most of which were made by a very wide cross-section of Australian makers including well known professionals, or makers using Australian timbers. The handmade display of flute head joints used to promote Holliday's business at instrument-making fairs and music exhibitions is a poignant object showing his flute-making activities. The collection reflects the value of music in everyday life and the determination to innovate, experiment and create.

  • Warakurna History Paintings collection(33)

    NPY Women's Council by Eunice Yunurupa Porter
    Early Days Ways by Judith Yinyika Chambers
    Olympic Games Opening Ceremony by Judith Yinyika Chambers
    Lasseter Story by Eunice Yunurupa Porter

    This collection consists of thirty-three paintings produced by Warakurna Artists for a collaborative commercial exhibition with the Outstation Gallery in Darwin. The exhibition, 'History Paintings - All the Stories got into our minds and eyes', opened in May 2011.

    The collection is significant as a broad and comprehensive body of work that presents a series of (related) Aboriginal perspectives on events in Australian history, some of which fundamentally challenge other accounts in the historical record. The collection documents the historical perspective of Ngaanyatjarra people who currently reside in the community of Warakurna. Contextualised by more customary mythic narratives, most of the works address historical events and provide an insight into the Aboriginal experience of contact on the colonial frontier. Taken together, from the Seven Sisters Dreaming to football carnivals in Warakurna today, the collection encompasses 100 years (and more) of history in the Ngaanyatjarra lands.

  • Liesl Rockchild collection(68)

    Horse and Cowboy 1998
    Camel, Rider and Pack Camel
    Buggy 1999
    Horses and Cowboys 1999

    This collection contains sixty-eight bush toys commissioned for the Bush Toys exhibition and created from 1997 to 1999. The workd were made by evelven emerging and established artists from three Eastern Arrente communities from Central Australia. Â? Tristan Young, Calvin Smith, Christopher Wallace and Douglas Wallace, Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa Mission); David Wallace and Johnny Young from Titjikala (Maryvale Station); Lindsay James, Clifford Tilmouth, Davey Tilmouth, Maxi Wehr and Michael Wehr from Engawala (Alcoota Station). Prior to their acquisition by the Museum, these works were exhibited as Bush Toys at a number of venues in rural and remote Australia.

    The objects are made from found and salvaged materials and are based on the toys that they either used or made as children and still make for their children or in Tristan Young's case still make and play with. Aboriginal communities have always produced toys for their children as teaching tools to prepare them for adulthood. Historically these were miniature versions of implements and utensils that were essential for daily survival such as toy spears, toy shields and toy boomerangs. Since the introduction of new materials like metal, plastic and glass, these toys have evolved to reflect the environment and lifestyle of the makers. Since the 1970s when many of the adults became involved in working on cattle stations, some of the toys modelled a horse and rider, some incorporated scenes of stockmen, stockyards and rodeos. Over time toys reflected changing technology in use on cattle stations. Trucks, motorbikes, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft were made.