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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    HMS Mallow
    The Goulburn Seed & Nursery Col
    Australia, Lane Cove, Sydney
    Botanical Gardens, Sydney
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Malayan-type hollow cylindrical wooden pipe with metal bowl and its surface incised in 'rark' patterning
    painting depicts a tall rectangular object, outlined in red with a 'spout' attached at the top
    Weapon - Spear
    South East Wind
  • Vane Lindesay collection no. 1(71)

    Biography of cartoonist Cecil White
    Biography of cartoonist William Ellis Greens
    Biography of cartoonist Geoffrey Raynor Hook
    The inked-in image: a survey of Australian comic art
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Bark painting 'Rainbow Serpent wrapped around tree' by Yuwunyuwun Marruwarr, Gunbalanya, 1974
    'Travels of Mala the Hare Wallaby', painted by Timmy Tjugudai Tjungurrayi, 1981
    Stone with incised Wandjina figures
    'Flying Ant Dreaming', painted by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1976
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Ned Sims, 1856
    Convict love token from James Broker, 1820
    Convict love token from Samuel Sergent, 1830
    Convict love token from David Freeman, 1818

    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.

  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Sheet of paper relating to Joan Richmond
    Letter from Joan Richmond - Montelimar
    Letter and envelope from Kathleen Howell - Italy
    Handwritten letter from Joan Richmond to her mother

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Photograph - Hughie McClelland with his stockmen bring in a mob of ewes for shearing 1950
    Paper fragment from a book with handwriting
    Pencil sketch depicting two women by a river near the ruins of a church
    Blotting paper

    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.

  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)

    Certificate
    Certificate
    Certificate
    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.

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