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  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of US swimmers Leslie Bunyan, Charlotte Boyle, Alice Lord and Ethelda Bleibtrey
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Frances Cowells
    Australian swimmers Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie with British swimmer Jennie Fletcher
    Black and white photograph of US swimmers and twins, Ruth and Eleanor Smith
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Second Prize awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1890
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Postcard showing tulips
    Florence Faithfull seated on a chair and Constance Faithfull seated on the floor beside her.
    Three children sitting in a sulky with a small boy and a dog on the left and a girl on a pony on the right.
    Cloth badge, 1870

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A Speedy and Safe Return To My Soldier Friend
    What a fright she got!
    A hospital ward, with a nurse standing in the middle of a group of uniformed men
    Woman writing letter by holding pen with her toes
  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(1158)

    Telegram to Mr Aumuller Kamo Maru, Thursday Island
    LCO Aumuller Powhattan Hankow. Home Sick Nankin Love Innes
    Silverwear Dept, Memo Lane Crawford Ltd. Gold Watch and gold bracelet
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - River scene, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Glass plate negative - Rock paintings, Forrest River, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - two men with cuts of meat hanging from roof of dwelling, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905 or 1911
    Glass plate negative - Sub-manager's children, Cadelga station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Richard Kedge, 1849
    Convict love token from I.B., 1843
    Convict love token from March Barber, 1832
    Convict love token from T.N.

    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.

  • Maningrida Arts and Crafts 1982 collection(22)

    Bark painting depicting a centre rectangular pole, probably a log coffin, and includes fish and a bird
    Bark painting depicts four fish
    Bark painting depicting two birds and three bottle-shaped objects
    Yarrpany - Dhuwa Honey.