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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    View at Lorne, Vic
    View, La Perouse
    Beneath the Fern, Bulli Pass, NSW
    Houses of Parliament Melbourne Australia
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Xmas, happy new year
    Last season of the East Melbourne Cricket ground, 1921
    Dinner menu from R.M.S. Otway that has been signed by the Australian cricket team of 1912
    Photograph of Edgar Richard Mayne standing in front of the scoreboard of the East Melbourne Cricket Club
  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Bark painting 'Female spirit figure'
    Painting depicts male (left) and female modjarki, freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni)
    'Snake Dreaming at Naruingya', by Yumpuluru Tjungurrayi, 1976
    'Wilkinkarra Men's Camp', painted by Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, 1975
  • Emanuel Family collection(121)

    Silver medallion presented to S Emanuel to commemorate the visit of HRH Prince Alfred in 1868
    Photograph album of Derby and station scenes associated with the Emanuel family
    Emanuel Family photograph album of Go Go Station, about 1959-1963
    Silver medallion fom Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia presented to S Emanuel in 1905
  • Thelma Jean Smith collection(1)

    Rabbit skin rug

    The Thelma Jean Smith Collection consists of a rug made from pelts of the European Rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus. The patchwork rug comprises 40 full and 8 part pelts collected about 1946 near Coolamon, 41kms from Wagga Wagga, NSW. The rug is backed by doubled green felt with a scalloped edge and is in very good condition.

    Introduction of the rabbit to Australia ranks as one of the most significant human interventions in this country's environmental history. Yet while the species has caused ecological and agricultural devastation, it has also secured a central place in the country's collective memory. Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have hunted rabbits for meat and hides, especially in times of hardship and distress. Rabbit skins have been used for felt-making, and in patchwork quilts and coats. Frequently, small rural businesses such as tanneries and furriers have relied on the relative abundance of rabbits to sustain production. The rug in this collection is an excellent example of the way in which rabbits have been valued and incorporated into the national story.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from W. James, 1826
    Convict love token with a cross on a stand
    Convict love token from Kettle, 1832
    Convict love token from J.B.H.

    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)

    Tirranna race club members card
    Royal Agricultural Society passes
    Envelope addressed to Dame Pattie Menzies, GBE
    The Tourist.

    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.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting depicting pike, file snake, diver bird, water goanna and kangaroo by David Malangi, Milingimbi, 1965
    Painting depicts a crocodile and other creatures
    Painting depicts an abstract pattern with figures by Mungurrawuy Yunapingu, Yirrkala, 1966
    Narra ceremony.