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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Jens Hotel, Mt Gambier, SA
    Two storey building with thick ivy growing over the top, and four men standing outside
    Meal time
    The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Vic
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Typescript of Pearl Faithfull's [Lady Dilke] reminiscences of Springfield
    Embroidery patterns
    Christmas card from Governor General William Slim, 1958

    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.

  • Australian Survey Office collection no. 1(106)

    Electronic microscope S/N 398522
    Scintrex DHP-4 electromagnetic drill hole probe
    BMR Type 739 search coils S/N [123, 124 or 125] for Turam Equipment
    Three shot boxes for combination communication system blaster for miscellaneous seismic equipment
  • Neil Jensen collection(72)

    Voucher for half-bottle of wine in honour of the Queen's Silver Jubilee
    Logbook certificate from Light Plane Services listing inspection and repairs, 6 May 1981
    Account from the Hotel George V, Paris, 13 September 1936
    Certificate of Airworthiness for G-AERD issued by UK Civil Aviation Authority, 7 May 1981

    The Neil Jensen collection consists of a Percival Gull Six aircraft, G-AERD, and associated archive. Made by the Percival Aircraft Company at Gravesend in Kent, England, in 1936, this aircraft was first purchased by Ariane Dufaux of Switzerland and registered as HB-OFU. After passing through several owners in Switzerland, the aircraft was sold to a collector and restored by Cliff Lovell in England where it was featured on the air show circuit and registered as G-AERD. Neil Jensen purchased G-AERD in 1983, and while it was based in Redhill, Surrey it was awarded the Percival Trophy by the Cotswold Aircraft Restoration Group.

    Born in Albury, New South Wales, in 1897, Edgar Wikner Percival served in Europe and Egypt with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Returning to Australia after the war, Percival operated a commercial aviation business while pursuing opportunities to design and manufacture new types of aircraft. In 1929, he travelled to England to work as a test pilot for the Bristol Aircraft Company, and in 1930 designed and manufactured the first low-wing cantilever monoplanes in the British Commonwealth. Percival formed the Percival Aircraft Company in 1932 and named the new aircraft series 'Gull'. Characterised by their graceful lines, the Gulls had light wooden frames covered with doped (lacquered) fabric and powerful four or six cylinder engines. PercivalÂ?s Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, with Percival designing racing versions named 'Mew Gulls', which won acclaim in the Kings Cup Air Race.

  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6(44)

    Snake Jiningbirna.
  • Behind the Lines 2008 collection(35)

    Hysterical Penguins
    Turnbull - claws out
    So you think you can lead ?
    A business cycle chasing a recovery

    The Behind the Lines 2008 collection consists of 35 political cartoons collected for Behind the Lines 2008 political cartooning exhibition. There are 47 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Cathy Wilcox, Jon Kudelka, David Rowe, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward O'Neill.

    The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 2008. Major topics addressed within the collection include issues such as Kevin Rudd's first year as Prime Minister of Australia, National Sorry day, The Liberal party leadership showdown between Brendan Nelson and Malcolm Turnbull, the climate change debate and the word financial crisis. Taken together the collection provides a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2008 and demonstrates the quality of Australian political cartooning and illustration.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Painting depicts a rectangular figure with a diamond pattern down the centre
    Weapon - Spearthrower
    Weapon - Spear
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Joseph Podmore and John Sheperd, 1769
    Convict love token from J. Cooper, September 15th 1813
    Convict love token from William Kennedy, 1832
    Convict love token from S. Hart, 1844

    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.