page loading
Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Collection Explorer



  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Beach & Picnic Reserve Cronulla N.S.W
    The weir, lower side, Yarrawonga, Vics
    A winter glow
    Catholic Church, Lorne, Vic
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Handwritten document titled 'My  Boy's Birthday'
    The Tourist.
    Clare Wilkinson (nee Faithfull) wearing a dark feathered hat

    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.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    1928/29 English Cricket team
    T. Hayward from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
    Handwritten note
  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Advice Note from Hants & Sussex Aviation Ltd
    Letter from Percival Aircraft Co. to Mons. F. Dufaux
    Logbook certificate from Light Plane Services listing work carried out for C of A renewal, 6 May 1981
    Certificate of Airworthiness for aircraft HB-OFU in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1937-1938

    The Neil Jensen collection consists of a Percival Gull Six aircraft, G-AERD, and associated archive. Made by the Percival Aircraft Company at Gravesend in Kent, England, in 1936, this aircraft was first purchased by Ariane Dufaux of Switzerland and registered as HB-OFU. After passing through several owners in Switzerland, the aircraft was sold to a collector and restored by Cliff Lovell in England where it was featured on the air show circuit and registered as G-AERD. Neil Jensen purchased G-AERD in 1983, and while it was based in Redhill, Surrey it was awarded the Percival Trophy by the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group.

    Born in Albury, New South Wales, in 1897, Edgar Wikner Percival served in Europe and Egypt with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Returning to Australia after the war, Percival operated a commercial aviation business while pursuing opportunities to design and manufacture new types of aircraft. In 1929, he travelled to England to work as a test pilot for the Bristol Aircraft Company, and in 1930 designed and manufactured the first low-wing cantilever monoplanes in the British Commonwealth. Percival formed the Percival Aircraft Company in 1932 and named the new aircraft series 'Gull'. Characterised by their graceful lines, the Gulls had light wooden frames covered with doped (lacquered) fabric and powerful four or six cylinder engines. PercivalÂ?s Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, with Percival designing racing versions named 'Mew Gulls', which won acclaim in the Kings Cup Air Race.

  • Gregg collection(1)

    Convict black leather side cap from Tasmania

    The Gregg Collection comprises one convict leather side cap. The cap was originally purchased in an auction of excess army and penal system stock during the 1940s in Tasmania. The convict cap has not been worn but is a good representation of the type issued to convicts from the 1830s.

    More than 160 000 convicts were transported to Australian colonies from 1788 to 1868. These convicts helped to establish the colonies through public works and private land holdings. From the 1790s various forms of convict uniform were issued in attempts to distinguish convicts from free settlers. Convict men wore similar clothing to Marines, both being marked with the broad arrow British government acceptance stamp. Often the arrow was accompanied by initials like BO for Board of Ordnance, WD for War Department or C&M for clothing munitions supplies.

  • Olive Pink collection(77)

    Head ornament
    Wooden toy shield
    Hooked boomerang
    Pigmented oval shield
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Painting depicting a crocodile, by David Milaybuma
    Birds by Jimmy Namiridali Nonganyari, Croker Island, 1965
    Opossum Tree Dreaming.
    Painting depicts four water goannas, the sons of
  • National Symbols Poster collection no. 2(4)

    Colour poster with the caption Buy Australian Sultanas, issued by the Empire Marketing Board
    Colour poster with the caption Buy New Zealand honey, issued by the Empire Marketing Board
    Colour poster with the caption Buy home-grown canned fruits, issued by the Empire Marketing Board
    Colour poster with the caption Irrigating currant vines,  Australia

    This collection consists of three colour lithographic posters designed by Frederick C. Herrick and one colour poster designed by Archibald Bertram Webb for the Empire Marketing Board. The EMB was established in 1926 by the British Government to promote the products of the British Empire within the United Kingdom. It is now perhaps best known for its publication of some 800 different poster and postcard designs, mainly for viewing by the British public through display on public hoardings and buildings, and in shop windows and some schools. The three posters by Herrick in the NMA collections feature a lion, a kangaroo with joey and a kiwi (symbolising Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand respectively) and slogans exhorting the public to 'BUY HOME-GROWN CANNED FRUITS' ('British' lion poster); 'BUY AUSTRALIAN SULTANAS' (kangaroo poster); and 'BUY NEW ZEALAND HONEY' (kiwi poster). The Webb poster is a print of a colour woodcut of a worker tending an irrigated crop, captioned 'Irrigating current vines, Australia'.

    These posters are highly significant historical artefacts, recording not only commercial art trends and the emergence of modern mass media, but the use of that media in a sophisticated peacetime government propaganda campaign. They are early examples of 'brand Australia' and the definition of the nation as a market. Designed by a English artist and and English immigrant to Australia, they also contribute to the iconography of the kangaroo and illustrate other understandings of Australia and its inhabitants by those living beyond its shores.