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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    The Tortures of a Jewish Fast Day
    Fijian war dance, Vanua Levu
    Queen Elizabeth Park, Mt Gambier, SA, showing rowan tree planted by Queen Elizabeth II, Feb 1954
    Double storey building with three female nurses and three other people standing on the upper storey veranda
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 4(75)

    Bark painting 'Death and Mortuary Rites' by Mathaman Marika, Yirrkala, 1967
    Painting is divided into 8 sections with 4 birds & 4 lizards
    Bark painting 'Djeigung the Galbu Snake' by Mithinarri Gurruwiwi, Yirrkala, 1967
    Bark painting depicting a goanna, a tree and a drum, by Libunja, Milingimbi, 1967
  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Kiriwirri' by Jan Billycan, 2008
    'Kumpupirntily' by Yanjimi Peter Rowlands, 2008
    'Wayampajarti' by Wakartu Cory Surprise, 2007
    'Kurrkumalu' by Mayapu Elsie Thomas, 2007

    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..

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Richard Box, 1831
    Convict love token from John Harris, 1829
    Convict love token from Benjamin Cox, 1839
    Convict love token from Samual Phillips, May 2nd, 1820

    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.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting depicting six crabs by Tom Djawa, Milingimbi, 1965
    Painting depicts black turtles
    Split cane basket
    Bark painting 'Flying Fox' by George Milpurrurru, Milingimbi, 1966
  • Barry Williams collection(60)

    Scout's 1st Cords badge certificate
    Scout's Cyclist badge certificate
    Scout's Metalworker badge certificate
    Scout's Electrician badge certificate

    The Barry Williams collection comprises 53 items of 1940s scout memorabilia, including awards and items of uniform from the Surry Hills scout troop, Sydney. Awards such as badges, cords, shoulder tabs and dated certificates are a complete material record of the donor's progress from scout to king's scout. The collection contains the full range of awards available to scouts in the 1940s, except for two awards.

    This collection records a scouting experience that is typically Australian. The 1940s marks a stage of great popularity for the Scouting movement when they were a very visible presence in Australia. The Surry Hills scout troop was disbanded in the 1990s, the demise of the group was probably caused by the changing demographic and social values, of the people living in Surry Hills. This collection is a record of a past urban scouting experience in Australia. It is also evocative of some of the social changes that have taken place in Australia, that have contributed to the decrease in popularity, of the scouting movement.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    Fonthill Sire, 1983, 2 year old, 6 months wool
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Extract from Mr Charles Matcham's letters to a relative in England 1834
    Embroidery patterns
    Folder belonging to George Faithfull

    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.