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  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    Scrapbook with a green hardcover containing newspaper clippings, telegrams and some photographs from 1915-1958 documenting the motoring life of Jack Burton
    Invitation addressed to Mr and Mrs Burton for the wedding of Elizabeth Duffield and Howard Dossor, 1958
    GRANVILLE SHOW 1952, blue felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text
    Photograph of the horse
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Cream cotton apron altered for Red Cross use during WWI fundraising
    Typed document on the death of Mr W P Faithfull
    Length of string used to tie around dance cards
    Photograph of William Faithfull, father of William Pitt 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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Aboriginals, NSW
    Queensland Aboriginal, Tree Climbing
    Ladies' Baths and View of Wollongong
    Panorama at Mt Gambier, SA
  • The Christensen Fund collection no. 1(67)

    Native dwellings
    Fishing No.1
    Portraits of the Aboriginal inhabitants
    Habitations XV
  • Dr Robert Wishart collection(968)

    Kimberley points
    Hollow cylindrical wood pipe, blocked at the distal end and with a crab claw bowl inserted in a hole
    Digging stick

    Bifacially flaked pebble tool [stone implement]

  • Everitt and George Family collection(911)

    Manuscript titled 'From Sleeping Beauty's stage'
    Photographic print depicting the toy theatre
    Photographic prints depicting the toy theatre
    Front stage for a toy theatre

    The Everitt and George Family collection consists of over 800 objects including a Toy Theatre with a 'Redington' proscenium and a second back stage, play booklets and associated scenery, photographs of the Toy Theatre, and documents and working notes related to the collection. The collection is in good condition.

    The Toy Theatre was invented in England around 1811, reflecting the popularity of pantomimes and plays performed in the leading theatres around London in the same period. They soon became a favourite pastime for teenage boys and adult collectors alike, with a long list of publishers producing a wealth of material. B Pollock was one of the most famous of these publishers and the earliest pieces in this collection have been attributed to Pollock. Though this was largely an English tradition the collection reflects the first owner Edward Everitt's heritage, who migrated to Australia in the 19th century bringing parts of the Toy Theatre with him.

  • George W Barber collection(47)

    Discussion Poster No.42 - Trusteeship, UN stands guard over the rights of primitive people - August 22, 1949
    Discussion Poster No.47 - Good Taste -  October 31, 1949
    Discussion Poster No.15 - The Menace of Inflation -  August 9, 1948
    Discussion Poster No.26 - What's wrong with this room? -  January 10, 1949

    This collection consists of forty-six colour paper wall posters and one A5 paperback booklet, 'This Changing World: An Atlas of Current Events - No. 1: The Pacific', issued by the Commonwealth Office of Education between 1948 and 1950. The heavily-illustrated posters present simplified viewpoints about world and national events and were designed for group discussion in schools, adult education organisations, community organisations and private enterprise. The booklet is a ready reference to post-war social, political, economic and geographic data on nations in the Asia-Pacific region and Antarctica. The objects were salvaged from the Maryborough Technical School, Victoria, which provided classes for ex-service personnel under the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme (1944-1950) as well as general vocational training.

    The Commonwealth Office of Education was created in 1945 under the Chifley Government as an agency of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction. The posters and booklet provide insight into a society undergoing profound change and embody official efforts to explain Australians' socio-economic and political position. Imaging an increasingly independent Australia forging a new role in the global and regional community, the collection documents the nation's industrial expansion and social restructuring at a time of full employment, a booming population and an increasingly sophisticated urban society. It also represents the Chifley Government's drive to stimulate post-war intellectual life and to reassert the concepts of democracy, egalitarianism and social justice. The posters additionally demonstrate contemporary ideas and techniques in pedagogy and graphic design.

  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia Inc., 1960 for first prize for an organdie throwover
    Certificate awarded to V.M. Wilson at the Narromine Show for second prize for a painted table centre
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Wynard Agricultural and Pastoral Society Annual Show, 1968 for first prize for a tapestry bag
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Mirboo North A. and P. Society Annual Show, 1970 for first prize for a table centre