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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Good wishes from the land of the golden fleece to the stars and stripes
    Bullandelah [sic] and Alum Mountain from Raymond Terrace Rd
    Maitland Post office
    Botanical Gardens, Sydney
  • J B Young Ltd collection(228)

    J B Young Limited furniture store, Fyshwick
    Canberra retailer to receive international award
    Telegram sent to J B Young Limited for the attention of J Colman
    Letter to Mr R C Davey, Chief Finance Officer, New York, from Jim Coleman of J B Young, mentioning an earlier letter sent to Mr H C Menzies
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from Mary Smith, 1826
    Convict love token from Elijah Swainson, 5th July, 1817
    Convict love token from Thomas Harris, 1841
    Convict love token engraved with the initials G.W., J.W. and W.W., 1834

    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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Print - Carter's Floral Illustrations
    Brass 360 degree protractor
    Cream-coloured partial dance program titled 'AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY'S BALL, 5th MAY 1869'
    Long-handled carriage whip.

    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.

  • Enid Treadgold collection(375)

    Welcome home to the 10th and 11th East Yorkshire Battalions and the 146th Heavy Battery programme
    Letter from Phillips Electrical Industries about the company's EIIR electric light decoration for the royal visit in 1954
    Photograph - Sesquicentenary parade, Sydney, 1938.
    Envelope for letter from 'Nephew & Cousin George' to 'Aunty, Uncle & Enid'
  • Dr Robert C Percival collection(153)

    Aviation technical drawing titled
    Technical drawing for a Percival aircraft titled
    Technical drawing for a Percival aircraft titled
    Technical drawing of a Percival Mew Gull E3H aircraft

    The Dr Robert C Percival collection consists of hundreds of objects recording the career of Edgar W Percival and his aircraft manufacturing companies, between 1897 and 1984. Items include material from Percival's military service in the AIF and RFC from 1915 to 1918; photographs, flying helmet and gloves from his commercial flying activities in Australia during the 1920s; photographs and documents recording his design and manufacturing work with Percival Aircraft Company in England during the 1930s and 1940s; trophies, certificates and medals awarded to Percival; travel documents, photographs and correspondence related to Percival's aircraft design and manufacturing work during the 1950s and 1960s; and documents and audio recordings made by Edgar Percival and his younger brother Robert Percival documenting the achievements and life story of Percival's aviation career.

    Edgar Wikner Percival was born in Albury on 23 February 1897. He was inventive and mechanically minded from an early age, working with his father, William Percival, on their property, Clarendon Park, at Richmond, New South Wales. While Percival studied engineering at Sydney Technical College and was apprentice to a marine engineering firm in Sydney, he was able to watch and fly with William (Bill) Hart, the first qualified pilot in Australia, when he moved his aviation school operations from Penrith to Ham Common, now Richmond Aerodrome, a short distance from Clarendon Park. In 1915, Percival joined the AIF, lying about his age to pursue a commission with the Royal Flying Corps which he achieved in 1917. After the war, Percival returned to Australia and undertook a variety of commercial flying activies, including aerial photography, map-making, geological surveying, joyflights and advertising. In 1929, Percival travelled to England hoping to sell one of his aircraft designs to an English manufacturer, but without success. Instead, Percival founded his own company, Percival Aircraft Company, to design and manufacture Great BritainÃ?Â?s first low-wing cantilevered monoplane, the Gull. Percival won many competitions and awards flying his own aircraft, and the Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, attracting the era's most daring pilots.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    The Strange Snake
    A bullroarer design
    Wooden decorated carving of a snake by Nangunyarri I
    Wooden decorated dotting comb from Melville or Bathurst Island
  • Fred Myers collection(4)

    'Possum Men of Yirtjurunya', painted by Anatjarri Tjakamarra
    'Ngurrapalangu', painted by Uta Uta Tjangala, 1974
    'Wanatjalnga', painted by  Anatjarri Tjakamarra and Charlie Tjaruru Tjungurrayi, 1974
    'Ngunarrmanya', painted by Freddy Tjugudi West Tjakamarra, 1974