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  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Prize card awarded to Mr A. L. Faithfull 1890
    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    Yass Spring Show, 1906, Second Prize
  • Matthew Flinders collection(4)

    Stream anchor from Matthew Flinders' ship the 'Investigator'
    Terra Australis or Australia, the Parts Explored Bewteen 1798 and 1803 by Matthew Flinders
    Matthew Flinders' 'A Voyage to Terra Australis' (1814), Volume 1
    Matthew Flinders' 'A Voyage to Terra Australis' (1814) , Volume 2

    The Matthew Flinders collection comprises a wrought iron, fisherman's style stream anchor from Matthew Flinders' ship, the "Investigator". The anchor has a long straight shank, which has the remains of a ring at one end, and two curved arms at the other end. The surface of the anchor is corroded.

    On 18 July 1801, Matthew Flinders, commander of H.M.S. Investigator, set sail to explore and to chart the Australian coastline. Returning via Timor down the West Australian coast, in a badly leaking vessel, and with a number of his crew suffering from dysentery and fever, Flinders stopped at Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago on 17 May 1803, for the purposes of procuring geese, seal oil and salt for his ailing crew. According to research by Mr Robert Sexton, maritime historian of Adelaide, Flinders found, on his departure four days later, that a fresh breeze was driving the Investigator towards rocks before the sails had been loosened. Using the shipÂ?s spare anchors to hold the ship off the rocks, Flinders cut the anchor cables as the ship departed, losing his bower anchor and stream anchor as a result. Instead of recovering the anchors, as was usual practice, Flinders left them to be picked up at a later date. In 1972, Doug Seton from the South Australian Museum organized an expedition with fellow members of the Underwater Explorers Club of South Australia to find and raise the two anchors, which were located in Goose Island Bay on 14th January 1973 by members of the Underwater Explorers Club of SA. This collection highlights one of the important voyages of discovery and the naming of Australia by Matthew Flinders. Flinders circumnavigated Australia and confirmed its island status after many years of conjecture and uncertainty.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Under the Old Flag at Tamworth
    Camp fire yarns
    QSL card for VK-NS
    U.S. Naval Display Jamestown, Hampton Roads Virginia
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pencil sketch depicting two men with hounds, looking at a cottage
    Pencil sketch depicting two sheep
    William Faithfull land grant
    Pencil sketch depicting four deer

    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.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from J. Cooper, September 15th 1813
    Convict love token from George Paine, 1830
    Convict love token from H. Honey, 1834
    Convict love token from Charles Lamb, 1826

    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 B Young Ltd collection(228)

    Special resolution passed at meetings of the Members of J.B Young Limited, 1936
    Program for the official opening of J.B Young Limited, Queanbeyan, May 23 1956
    International award to firm
    Grace Bros Annual General Meeting form of proxy
  • J Wyszogrodzki collection no. 1(25)

    Sheet of paper with a speech by the Captain of the M.V. 'Fair Sea' written in pencil on one side
    Sheet of lined paper with 'Mc' printed in red and a speech written in pencil
    Envelope containing handwritten letter addressed to J Wyszogrodzki from Archbishop Mannix 1951
    Pencil sketch of crossed flags and emblems and a drawn table of numbers
  • Social History Museums (South Australia) collection(172)

    Coo-ee!  Australia Day, Unley, Ausgust 1917
    Australia Day Port Victoria 1918
    Wattle Day League, S.A, 1918
    I will help until the war is won