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  • Olive Pink collection(77)

    Hooked boomerang
    Pigmented oval shield
    Head ornament
    Pointed metal knife blade hafted into a rounded knob of adhesive
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Postcard featuring a coloured drawing of a British bulldog, with Union Jack and Australian flags on his collar
    Five children, an older boy, and a man standing under a weeping willow tree on the banks of the Macquarie River at Bathurst
    Sepia photograph of boy standing in front of partly-demolished building
    Hyde Street, Bellingen, 1921
  • Fred Daly collection(476)

    Album containing 109 pages photographs of Fred Daly with various people at a variety of events and places
    Ben Chifley and the First Holden
    Photograph of Bill Hayden and Fred Daly outside Parliament House
    Photograph of Bill Hayden and Fred Daly
  • Harold Stevens collection(4)

    Autographic Kodak Junior camera
    Picture taking with the No.1A Autographic Kodak Junior...
    Kodak camera case
    Camera tripod with telescopic legs

    The Harold Stevens collection comprises an A1 Autographic Kodak Junior camera, camera case, instruction booklet and tripod. Amateur photographer Harold Stevens used this equipment during the 1920s and 1930s to document family life at his home in Rockdale, Sydney, and to record activities and scenes on holiday trips.

    Photography has been one of Australia's most popular leisure activities since American George Eastman released the Pocket Kodak camera on to the Australian market in 1896. The new roll-film cameras enabled everyday people to become competent 'snapshot photographers', and by the 1920s most families owned a camera. Amateur photographers created records of their lives, families and experiences. The production and sharing of these images has constituted a significant means by which Australians recorded and narrated their individual histories, family genealogies and social milieu.

  • Christies Auction collection(172)

    Pages 9 to 12 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Black and white lantern slide - Victorian Mounted Police Party
    Book titled 'The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay', 1789.
    Pages 5 to 8 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Lilian Faithfull and William Anderson on their wedding day.
    Loch Scaraig Skye
    School report
    Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver with accompanying leather holster and label referring to the bushranger incident.

    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.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Wayampajarti' by Wakartu Cory Surprise, 2007
    'Minyma Kutjarra' by Pulpurru Davies, 2008
    'Mangarri' by Elizabeth Nyumi, 2007
    'Kumpupirntily' by Yanjimi Peter Rowlands, 2008

    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..

  • Margot Child collection(1215)

    Card to accompany cake
    Advertisement from Town and Country Journal, 11 May 1910
    Transcription of Hobart Monument