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  • E Milne collection(652)

    Aboriginal breastplate for Sawyer, King of Wickham Hill
    Aboriginal breastplate for James Fearnought, King of Merigal
    Bottom grinding stone [stone implement]
    Aboriginal breastplate for Mr Briney of Pialliway
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Painting depicts three human figures, an echidna and hunting tools.
    Ancestral goannas at the  Gurkawuy River.
    'Mala and the bad uncles at Tjikarri', painted by Johnny Warangula Tjupurrula, 1976
    Bark painting depicting circles in a geometric design by P. Teeampi, Bathurst Island
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Aquilegia Alpine
    A label with text starting
    School report
    Envelope addressed to Mrs A. I. Maple Brown

    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.

  • Mount Stromlo Observatory collection(5)

    Damaged auto-collimator, a relic from the 2003 bush fire that destroyed the Mount Stromlo Observatory
    Piece of fractured yellow Pyrex mirror blank, a relic from the 2003 bush fire that destroyed the Mount Stromlo Observatory
    Scorched teacup, a relic from the 2003 bush fire that destroyed the Mount Stromlo Observatory
    Piece of blackened clear glass telescope lens, a relic from the 2003 bush fire that destroyed the Mount Stromlo Observatory

    The Mount Stromlo Observatory Collection consists of one molten telescope mirror; one molten optical glass (flint); one burnt auto collimator from late 1950s (above); one yellow pyrex mirror blank; one teacup with molten aluminium roof attached (above).

    In early January, fires were started by lightening in Namagi National Park in the ACT. Efforts to contain the fires were unsuccessful and several fires combined on 18 January and swept into western Canberra over Mount Stromlo. In the course of that day, four lives were lost and almost five hundred homes destroyed. For the MSO the fires were devastating. All five of the Observatory's telescopes were lost as well as the 1924 heritage building, accommodating the administration staff. Only the Visitor Centre, and the Wooley and Duffield buildings (housing the academic staff and computing resources) were spared. The loss of the observatory was not only a loss to Australia's scientific community, but to the international scientific community also.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    George's River, Como, NSW
    A View in Botanic Gardens. Sydney
    Court House, Yass
    Newcastle Post Office
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Lantern slide - Pitjantjatjara men wearing wooden hair ornaments known as 'elenba', central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920-1924
    Film negative - Jetty, Fowlers Bay, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Film negative - Red Lily Lagoon, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Glass plate negative - Hut decked with porcupine grass, eastern Arrernte people, Arltunga, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Judy and Ian McPhee collection(167)

    Pair of white cotton knickers
    Black metal
    Pair of white, cotton crocheted gloves
    White, cotton, sleeveless nightdress
  • Everitt and George Family collection(911)

    Photographic print depicting the toy theatre
    Film-script titled 'Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured'
    Photographic print depicting Mr George with a toy theatre
    Toy Theatre Drury Lane 19th Century

    The Everitt and George Family collection consists of over 800 objects including a Toy Theatre with a 'Redington' proscenium and a second back stage, play booklets and associated scenery, photographs of the Toy Theatre, and documents and working notes related to the collection. The collection is in good condition.

    The Toy Theatre was invented in England around 1811, reflecting the popularity of pantomimes and plays performed in the leading theatres around London in the same period. They soon became a favourite pastime for teenage boys and adult collectors alike, with a long list of publishers producing a wealth of material. B Pollock was one of the most famous of these publishers and the earliest pieces in this collection have been attributed to Pollock. Though this was largely an English tradition the collection reflects the first owner Edward Everitt's heritage, who migrated to Australia in the 19th century bringing parts of the Toy Theatre with him.