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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    A street, probably in Bathurst.
    Postcard featuring a sepia photograph image of
    Wellington NZ
    Australia, Coogee near Sydney
  • ET Fealy collection(252)

    Breadcarters (Northumberland) (Variation), 21 May 1947, details award wage regulations
    Bread carter's book
    Commonwealth of Australia Remittance by Group Employer, 1968
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from George Morris, 1817
    Convict love token from Alex D. Senior, 1839
    Convict love token from Joseph Hickman, 1829
    Convict love token from Charles Fry, 1833

    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.

  • People's Paraphernalia collection no. 20(1)

    Poster depicting the Provisional Parliament House, Canberra, from the air
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pencil sketch depicting a church and lake
    Loch Scaraig Skye
    Three children sitting in a sulky with a small boy and a dog on the left and a girl on a pony on the right.
    Cream-coloured partial dance program titled 'MASONIC HALL, 15th August 1867'

    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.

  • Emanuel Family collection(121)

    Silver medallion fom Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia presented to S Emanuel in 1905
    Emanuel Brothers stamp
    Photograph album of Derby and station scenes associated with the Emanuel family
    Silver medallion fom Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia presented to S Emanuel in 1905
  • Department of Defence collection(118)

    Winding key for chronometer, used in HMAS Tamworth
    Loseby Two Day Marine Chronometer No 109, with accessories in a wooden case
    Joseph Sewell Marine Chronometer No 9143 in a wooden case, used in HMAS Tamworth
    Browne Marine Chronometer No 16728 in a wood and glass case
  • Professor Peter Spearritt collection no. 2(185)

    Paul Keating caricature fridge magnet
    Queen Elizabeth II
    The Marriage of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, Wednesday 29th July 1981
    Royal Visit Souvenir 1954 - Welcome to Australia pennant

    The Professor Peter Spearritt collection No. 2 is divided into four categories; British Royal Family memorabilia, Australian Republic Movement material, T-shirts with Indigenous motifs and anti-logging material. The British Royal Family memorabilia category predominantly relates to Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 tour of Australia. The items were specifically collected by the vendor for the 1993 exhibition entitled Australians and the Monarchy. The Australian Republic Movement material was also featured in this exhibition. The Indigenous motifs T-shirts and the anti-logging material were collected for the 1992 exhibition Lie of the Land. Both exhibitions were jointly created by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Spearritt was the head curator of both exhibitions.