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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Women serving on a confectionery stall at a fete
    Girl sitting on a log and a boy picking up basket of wood.
    The Ferns Accommodation guest house
    Water Chute, Manly, N.S.W.
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
  • School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine collection(121)

    Western electrical voltmeter, model 45 no. 24360
    Zeiss binocular microscope and case
    Oertling 62FM beam balance
    Photo-micrographic apparatus stand and accessories
  • Nettie McColive collection(189)

    Certificate
    Certificate
    Wildflowers quilt
    Certificate

    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Cash book
    Essay by Jim Maple-Brown titled Transport by the Camel in Australia
    The Tourist.
    School report

    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 James Duffield, 1833
    Convict love token from H. Saunders, 1827
    Convict love token from Wm Hy. Stanford, April 28, 1820
    Convict love token from J.E.

    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.

  • Adrian Luck collection no. 1(56)

    Malta-Maltese Cab (Carrozin)
    Beni Souef Bank of Egypt
    General Military Hospital Heliopolis
    Australian Engineers, Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Greeting card 'France, Christmas 1916'
  • Diana Boyer collection(137)

    'Time Change'
    Sketchbook, 'RDS Garden', Diana Boyer
    'Time Change'
    'Time Change'

    The Diana Boyer collection comprises artworks, annotated sketches and other recordings of life on 'Bobbara Creek', a rural property in the Binalong district of southern NSW, between 1981 and 2007. There are twenty eight items and groups of items in the collection. All are in good condition.

    This collection records the imaginative and emotional processes by which Diana Boyer, a migrant from Argentina, settled in an Australian place. The artworks, sketchbooks and other items show Diana's engagement with the ecological particularities of the Binalong district, and with significant issues arising from the social and economic dynamics of colonial history and the present. The items record Diana's exploration of a range of topics related to her life and work on 'Bobbara Creek', including Aboriginal dispossession, the representation of rural women, the value of biological diversity, the broader implications of introducing genetically modified canola to Australia, and the possible consequences of global warming for Australian agriculture.

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