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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Adrienne Augarde and a Cobar Copper Mine, 1910
    Aboriginal 'bora' ceremony
    Postcard depicting Miss Vera Pearce
    The Winning Post and a bottle of port. My word, what a combination!
  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    Painting by Josephine Nangala, 2007
    'Puntuwarri' by Milly Kelly and Hayley Atkins, 2007
    'Cannibal Story' by Billy Atkins, 2003
    Fibre basket by Janice Nixon, 2008

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Bark painting 'Mythical Figure' by by Bob Balirrbalirr Dirdi, Gunbalanya, 1974
    Painting depicts kangaroo painted in the X-ray style
    'Trial by Fire', painted by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, 1975
    'Dreaming at Ilingaringa', painted by Billy Nolan Tjapangarti, 1976
  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Sheet of paper relating to Joan Richmond
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Baghdad
    Nandi Sacred Bull, Banares
    Envelope to Mrs. John Richmond

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.

  • Turner and Valentine Families collection(177)

    Photographic portrait of a man in ceremonial robes
    A black and white photograph entitled
    Scientific Expedition to Haymen Island May, 1934
    Colin Turner of Dunoon
  • Vane Lindesay collection no. 1(71)

    Letter from Vane Lindesay thanking Maurice Horn
    The inked-in image: a survey of Australian comic art
    Letter dated 9/10/1976 from Maurice Horn to Vane Lindesay
    Letter from Maurice Horn inviting Vane Lindesay to contribute material to
  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    The Ministers of State of the Commonwealth request the pleasure of the company meet the visiting South African Footballers, 1937
    Invitation to meet Hon. Nelson T. Johnson, Envoy extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, Canberra, 1941

    The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

    This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Royal Agricultural Society passes
    Handwritten recipes for potted beef
    Group of people having tea in a garden
    Handwritten recipe for rainbow cake

    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.