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  • George W Barber collection(47)

    Discussion poster No.20 - Fuel and Power plans - October 18, 1948'
    Discussion poster No.61 - Can we develop our empty north? - May 15, 1950
    Discussion Poster No.21 - Where Your Taxes Go - November 1, 1948
    Discussion Poster No.15 - The Menace of Inflation -  August 9, 1948

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Sydney, N.S.W. - The City and Circular Quay showing ferry terminal, from Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon
    Flannel Flower Babies Grow in Australia (They bring love)
    LORD KITCHENER / Secretary of State for War
    Collins ST, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2(85)

    Bark painting depicting the sun at Wuriupi by Deaf Tommy in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965
    The painting consisting of three horizontal sections with the central section having a small circle
    Painting depicts fourteen small rectangles between band of pigment rendered across the top and the bottom
    Bark painting divided into 16 panels by three horizontal white bands with red outlines
  • Ian Charles Tongue collection(2)

    Portable folding bookmaker's board, which was used by Ted Eastman in Melbourne

    Portable folding bookmaker's board, headed in white lettering with VICTORIAN CLUB, TED EASTMAN...

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from George Morris, 1817
    Convict love token from Elizabeth Catchpole, 1830
    Convict love token from R. James, Nottingham, 1790
    Convict love token from John Woodfield, 1831

    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.

  • Vane Lindesay collection no. 1(71)

    Letter from Maurice Horn inviting Vane Lindesay to contribute material to
    Letter from Maurice Horn approving Vane Lindesay's suggestions regarding contribution to
    Biography of cartoonist William Ellis Greens
    Letter from Maurice Horn, 1977
  • Alick Tipoti collection no. 3(2)

    'Sugu Mawa' by Alick Tipoti, 2011
    'Maza Mawa (Wapiya) II' by Alick Tipoti, 2011
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Globularia Nudicaulis
    School report
    Pencil sketch depicting three women
    Cote D'Azur Jardin Fleuri

    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.