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  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - London
    Handwritten letter from Joan Richmond to her mother
    Envelope to Mrs. John Richmond
    Album containing black and white photos with hand written annotations

    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)

    Horse, Boston, with saddle and bridle standing in a field
    Aerial photograph of Springfield
    Heather Henderson (nee Menzies) with her daughter Edwina

    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.

  • Meredith Hinchliffe collection no. 1(9)

    Freedom of Opportunity - International Women's Year 1975
    Women's Liberation March on March 11
    International Women's Year -  A Woman's Place is Everywhere

    The collection consists of a large number of items, including stickers, badges, posters and t-shirts, collected during the early 1970s relating to International Women's Year and Women's Electoral Lobby activities. The collection covers a fairly wide spectrum of organisations and activities associated with the women's movement in the early 1970s and shows links with other countries which had similar movements, including Canada and New Zealand.

    The women's liberation or feminist movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s differed from the 'first wave' feminists of the late nineteenth century, who mainly campaigned for women's suffrage and enhanced roles for women's domestic and familial roles. The later feminist movement involved a large and vociferous group of women who were determined to extend women's choices and rights, and who aimed to change women's social, economic and political roles. They demanded equality in employment, income and education, access to childcare and control over their own bodies through safe abortion and contraception. Various items in this collection symbolise the issues and concerns of the women's movement at this time, including badges on abortion and posters advertising women's liberation marches.

  • Vane Lindesay collection no. 1(71)

    Letter from Maurice Horn inviting Vane Lindesay to contribute material to
    Biography of cartoonist Cecil White
    Letter from Maurice Horn, 1977
    Biography of cartoonist George Molnar
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    The Macleay River and Bridge, Kempsey
    Coogee Beach N.S.W
    Jubilee Point and Back Beach, Sorrento, Vic
    Mosman Bay, NSW
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Weapon - Spear
    Armband from Milingimbi, N.T.Used in Narva ceremony, 'Yiritja', Cape Stewart.
    Weapon - Spear
  • Petronella Wensing collection no. 1(229)

    Certificate of naturalisation for Michael Victor Wensing
    Pattern for knitting machine
    Pattern for knitting machine
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Bairnsdale and District Agricultural Society 82nd Annual Show, 1960  for second prize for a nasturtium luncheon set of table linen
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Evandale Agricultural Society Autumn Show, 1975 for second prize for a tapestry bag
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V. Wilson at the West Wyalong  P.A.H. & I. Association Annual Show, 1966 for first prize for a jug cover
    Certificate awarded at the The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia Inc., 1960 for first prize for an organdie throwover