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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(2073)

    Daguerreotype portrait of man in military uniform mounted in a brown union case with a red velvet lining
    Constance Faithfull
    Faithfull family group outside Big House at Springfield

    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.

  • Sir Hubert Opperman collection no. 2(182)

    Paris - Brest - Paris, 1891-1991 [cycling]
    Collector's silver-plated teaspoon bearing figure of cyclist
    Certificate of The Australian Service Order to SIR HUBERT OPPERMAN, KT, OBE, KGC, GCSJ, ASO, 18 December, 1990

    The Sir Hubert Opperman Collection No. 2, comprises 181 objects relating to his cycling, political and RAAF careers. Items of note include a silver tray presented to him for duties as Immigration Minister in 1966; Knights Bachelor Medal awarded by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968; and a Basque Beret worn when he was awarded the Gold Medal of Paris in 1991 by Jacques Chirac.

    Sir Hubert Opperman, or 'Oppy' has he was affectionately known, became a household name in the 1920s and 1930s as a result of his cycling achievements. He set 101 state, national and world records and was the public face of Malvern Star Bicycle Company. From 1949 to1972, Opperman pursued a career in politics, holding several portfolios for the Liberal party, and became Australia's first High Commissioner to Malta in 1966. He was knighted in1968 and retired from politics in 1972. Sir Hubert Opperman died in 1996 at the aged of 92.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(3687)

    Sydney Heads
    Sanatorium, Little Bay Hospital, NSW
    Flemington Race Course
    Black duck
  • Milo Dunphy collection no. 1(74)

    Department of Lands, Sydney Warning Corwn Land
    Dog's coat in black fabric with bound edges associated with Milo Dunphy
    Flax canvas waterbag with a corked porcelain mouthpiece

    Pair of canvas and leather naval gaiters

    Included in the Milo Dunphy collection no. 1 are two Japara walkerÂ?s tents made for Harold Buckland, (original member of the Mountain Trails Club) a Japara gunny sack, dogÂ?s coat, billy cans, cooking implements, boots and clothing, fly safe mosquito net, cameras and photographic equipment, .22 revolver, double action six shot .22 revolver, brown leather holster, handmade leather dog shoes, folding wicker pram (known as Â?Kanangra ExpressÂ?) and canvas babyÂ?s pram panniers.

    Pioneering Australian architect, bushwalker and conservationist, Myles Dunphy OBE (1891-1985), was a passionate advocate and campaigner for the establishment of National Parks. The Mountain Trails Club, which Myles Dunphy established in 1914, with Roy Rudder and Bert Gallop, lead to the development of a bushwalking movement from which a voluntary conservation movement emerged. His son, Milo Dunphy AM (1928-1996), also an architect, inherited his fatherÂ?s passion and vision and followed in his footsteps as a bushwalker, explorer and conservationist. Milo Dunphy led successful campaigns to establish national parks within the Blue Mountains, stood as a candidate in two federal elections, was active in several conservation organizations and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1986. The DunphysÂ? work continues through the Dunphy Wilderness Fund, which spends one million dollars a year (since September 1996) to purchase leasehold and privately held areas of natural significance.

  • Nanette Ward collection(211)

    Man standing beneath a roll of honour in the club room of East Melbourne Cricket Club
    S.F. Barnes from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia.
    Edgar Richard Mayne's Australian cricket team cap
    Handwritten note
  • E Milne collection(178)

    Aboriginal breastplate for Tommy, King of Gongolgon
    Kimberley point
    Aboriginal breastplate for Joey, Chief of Petraman
    Aboriginal breastplate for Coomee, Last of Her Tribe, Murramarang
  • Tooloyn Koortakay collection(28)

    Coloured pastel drawing representing the markings on the underside of an old possum skin cloak
    Thanambool Yana
    Reproduction of a possum skin cloak collected in 1853 from Maiden's Punt (Echuca)
    Possum pelt with poker work designs burnt into the skin, and ochre added to the incised markings

    The Tooloyn Koortakay Collection comprises thirty pieces including a reproduction of the Maiden's Punt Yorta Yorta possum skin cloak collected in 1853, a reproduction of the Lake Condah Gunditjmara possum skin cloak collected in 1872, pastel drawings, lino cuts, etchings, possum skin dance ornaments and a selection of tools for making possum skin cloaks. As the cloaks were well over one hundred years old and slowly deteriorating, Lee Darroch, Treahna Hamm, Vicki Couzens and Debra Couzens undertook the project as a commitment to cultural regeneration.

    Possum skin cloaks are a significant aspect of Aboriginal cultural heritage from Victoria and other parts of southeastern Australia. Prior to 1830 almost every person had his or her own possum skin cloak to wear during winter and use for a mattress or blanket. Cloaks were incised with designs representing clan identity, animals, plants and natural features. As there are only five cloaks from this region known to exist in the world, the Tooloyn Koortakay collection is an important historical record as well as a significant expression of contemporary cultural change and identity.

  • Anne Stockton collection no. 1(168)

    Purchase slip from Takeda Bros. and Co., 1931
    Wou Teh Shing, Stone Contractor, Hankow, 29 January 1927