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  • Wedgwood & Bentley Portrait Medallions collection(4)

    Wedgwood & Bentley blue jasper medallion portrait of navigator and explorer Captain James Cook, RN
    Wedgwood & Bentley blue jasper medallion portrait of botanist Daniel Solander
    Wedgwood & Bentley blue jasper medallion portrait of botanist, physician, zoologist and taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus
    Wedgwood & Bentley blue jasper portrait medallion of naturalist Johann Reinhold Forster

    The Wedgwood & Bentley Portrait Medallions Collection comprises cameo portrait medallions of the famous 18th century naturalists Carolus Linnaeus, Daniel Carl Solander and Johann Reinhold Forster, and the navigator and explorer Captain James Cook. The jasper medallions are inscribed with the name of the sitter, and each one displays the Wedgwood & Bentley mark, indicating that all were produced at the company's Etruria factories at Burslem between 1775 and 1780. The portrait of Linneaus has been broken and restuck and there is a fine crack in the portrait of Daniel Solander, otherwise the collection is in good condition.

    Cook's voyages of discovery to the Pacific and the specimens collected from distant regions of the world like Australia had profound impacts: on the development of particular scientific disciplines, like Botany and Zoology; on the systematisation and dissemination of knowledge generally; and on the colonisation and exploitation of the world's resources. In celebrating Cook, Solander, Forster and Linnaeus in their 'Illustrious Moderns' portrait series, Wedgwood & Bentley were acknowledging the important roles they played in advancing science and empire. In Australia today, these medallions commemorate some of the individuals who helped establish Australia in the European imagination.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 6(9)

    See the better farming train
    Poster advertising 'To Western Australia by Trans-Australian Railway'
    Australia - Land of Tomorrow
    An advertising sign for Pelaco shirts, collars and pyjamas.

    This collection consists of 10 excellent examples of Australian advertising posters. Artists represented include Percy Tromf, James Northfield, Norman Lindsay and May Gibbs . The majority of the posters were produced as lithographs.

    The poster as a form of advertising was popular in Australian throughout the twentieth century, particularly before the age of radio and television. The posters in this particular collection document a number of different types of advertising campaigns including war time recruitment, public health and safety, product endorsement and railway travel.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Sunset over a river, with embossed plants and snow.  Wishing you a merry Christmas
    Queenstown, Tas
    Melba Falls, Lorne
    Murwillumbah Fire. 15/9/07, Main St, Looking towards Post Office
  • Department of Defence collection(118)

    Brass fastening pin for latch
    Loseby Two Day Marine Chronometer No 109, with accessories in a wooden case
    John Rodgers Marine Chronometer No 1/1853, with accessories in a wooden case
    Brass fastening latch
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from John Bryan, 1835
    Convict love token from G. Needham, 1818
    Convict love token from H.H.
    Convict love token given to S.K., April 3rd, 1816

    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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Black top hat
    Brass drafting instrument and accompanying wooden case
    Presented by The Australian Red Cross Council in recogntion of Twenty Years' Loyal Service

    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.

  • Bureau of Mineral Resources collection no. 1(534)

    DTMCIW magnetometer S/N 18
    Hunting Adastra Gulf airborne magnetometer
    DTMCIW magnetometer S/N 16
    Parkinson & Frodsham No 1208
  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Envelope containing a letter from Joan Richmond to her mother
    Second of a set of three postcards from Joan Richmond - England
    Handwritten letter to Joan Richmond from her mother, 1932
    Handwritten letter from Joan Richmond to her mother

    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.