page loading
Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Collection Explorer



  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Statue standing in a lake, in the Botanical Gardens, Sydney
    The Butcher
    Cleveland Street School
    Cockburn Creek, Tamworth, 1910
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, First Prize
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1886, Second Prize
    Second Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1889
    First prize card awarded at the Yass Spring Show, 1906
  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Johnny Warren's Order of Australia Medal set in presentation box
    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career 1969
    1963 - 1973 St.George - Budapest Soccer Club trophy
    Hall of Champions award

    The John 'Johnny' Warren Collection includes an extensive range of materials detailing his days playing for junior teams in the Botany area of South Sydney in the 1950s, through his senior club years in the 1960s and 1970s, and national representative career as a Socceroo from 1965 to 1974. The collection also details Warren's later work as a soccer coach and administrator, journalist and television commentator, and incorporates files and publications related to his work as a government advisor and advocate for the sport.

    Warren was Australia's most famous soccer player who tirelessly championed a sport regarded as a minor footballing code in this country. An attacking midfielder of great speed and skill, he played in the NSW State League and was chosen to represent Australia in 1965. His national representative career stretched over a decade, culminating in his participation in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. After retiring as a player, Warren worked as a coach, administrator, journalist and television commentator promoting the sport he loved. He became the face of Australian soccer, championing the sport for many years through a long and cherished partnership with his colleague and friend Les Murray on SBS Television.

  • Milleese Morrow Boughton collection(139)

    Invitation to meet Paul and Eslanda Robeson, Paddington Town Hall, 10 November 1960
    Invitation to attend the Conseil Mondial de la Paix session de Budapest, 1953, to Bill Morrow
    Funeral card for William Morrow 1980
    Invitation from the New South Wales Peace Committee for International Co-operation and Disarmament to Meet the Robesons, 1960

    This collection is of great interest because it documents various aspects of the life of William Morrow. While not well known, Morrow is a significant figure in Australian labour history. He came from a working class background, was politicised at an early age, worked in the trade union movement, was elected as a Senator (Tasmania, ALP) and finished his career working for the NSW Peace Council. His strong commitment to international socialism led to his expulsion from the Labor Party on two separate occasions. Following his political career provides an insight into some of the major ideological and political disputes in twentieth century Australia. The collection consists of an oil portrait of Morrow, a pencil portrait and associated ephemera documenting Morrow's political career.

  • 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.26 - What's wrong with this room? -  January 10, 1949
    Discussion Poster No.21 - Where Your Taxes Go - November 1, 1948
    Discussion Poster No.47 - Good Taste -  October 31, 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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Loch Scaraig Skye
    Jessie Harris (nee Baker) with her children,  Jessie, Phyllis, George (Tom)
    Florence Faithfull seated sitting on a step next to a small terrier
    Envelope addressed to W P Faithfull, Springfield, Goulburn

    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.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Indigenous man shepherding goats and sheep, near Oodnadatta, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Stone knife and sheath
    Glass plate negative - Women and children at campsite, Darwin, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Glass plate negative - Distributing sweets to school children at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
  • Sir Littleton Groom collection(21)

    First Anzac Day, 25th April, 1916 for Classes V and VI
    Varnished wooden walking stick
    Letter from Sir Littleton Groom dated June 26th 1905
    Canberra and the Territory for the Seat of Government of the Commonwealth Souvenir of the Visit of the Empire Parliamentary Assoc. to Canberra, October 1926

    The Sir Littleton Groom collection consists of eleven objects relating to the political career and achievements of this long-serving Australian federal politician, Minister and Speaker of the House of Representatives. These items include gifts given to Sir Littleton Groom, commemorative medallions, items relating to the conferring of his knighthood and souvenirs.

    Sir Littleton Ernest Groom was an administrative and constitutional lawyer and a federal politician who held office as a Member of the House of Representatives (1901-1929) and as Speaker of the House of Representatives (1926-1929). As a politician he was a protectionist and a strong nationalist. Many of the causes and issues he took up in the course of his parliamentary life were directed towards national development and the assertion of Commonwealth power over the States. In his various Ministerial roles Sir Littleton Groom negotiated with the States over the federal capital site, was instrumental in establishing a Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics and drafted and carried through the Parliament legislation for the provision of old age and invalid pensions. As Minister for External Affairs he presented a bill to provide for an Australian High Commissioner in London and he held the portfolio of Attorney-General for four years from 1921, during which time he extended the industrial powers of the Commonwealth and introduced a public service superannuation scheme. Groom was an enthusiastic supporter of the war effort, and served as assistant Minister for Defence and later as Vice-President of the Executive Council. Sir Littleton Groom was knighted in 1924, made Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1926, and presided over the first parliamentary sittings in the new Parliament House in Canberra.