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  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(425)

    Film negative - Bert Oliffe (left) and Frank Feast doing the dishes, lunch camp, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Film negative - Aboriginal children bathing, Sunday Island, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Film negative - A woman showing one method of carrying an infant, north of the Musgrave Ranges photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Expedition buggy on bed of Todd River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)

    Royal Melbourne Show 1986 Third prize certificate

    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    First prize card awarded at the Yass Spring Show, 1906
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887, First Prize
    Yass Spring Show, 1906, Second Prize
    Card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887, First Prize
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Nowra Bridge
    Cooktown, N.Queensland
    Postcard of The Lawn - Flemington Race Course
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Mrs Lilian Anderson seated with Clarice standing
    The revelation of God
    New Years card
    Chemin de fer Glion - Rochers de Naye.  Altitude 2044 metres.

    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.

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

    Painting has a central image of a cross surrounded by a square infilled with linear patterning
    Bark painting representing a Prukupali pattern by Deaf Tommy in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965
    Bark painting depicts a hunter in white, with short limbs, holding a raised spear and shield
    Carved and decorated wooden stingray made by Mani Luki in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965
  • Adrian Luck collection no. 1(56)

    Beni Souef Bank of Egypt
    Heliopolis Camp, Cairo
    Le Caire Heliopolis
    General Military Hospital Heliopolis
  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Puntuwarri' by Milly Kelly and Hayley Atkins, 2007
    Fibre basket by Renette Biljabu, 2008
    Painting by Josephine Nangala, 2007
    Fibre basket by Janice Nixon, 2008

    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..