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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Sydney Government House
    The Hello Man Entertains the Children at 2FC
    Two people standing near a small waterfall
    Lassetter's The Leading Universal Providers, Sydney - Sydney Harbour
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pencil sketch depicting two women by a river near the ruins of a church
    Handwritten recipes for potted beef
    Envelope addressed to W P Faithfull Springfield, Goulburn

    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.

  • Dot Butler collection no. 1(3)

    Billy can
    Dot Butler's backpack
    Billy can
  • Meredith Hinchliffe collection no. 1(9)

    Women's Liberation March on March 11
    Freedom of Opportunity - International Women's Year 1975
    International Women's Year -  A Woman's Place is Everywhere

    The collection consists of a large number of items, including stickers, badges, posters and t-shirts, collected during the early 1970s relating to International Women's Year and Women's Electoral Lobby activities. The collection covers a fairly wide spectrum of organisations and activities associated with the women's movement in the early 1970s and shows links with other countries which had similar movements, including Canada and New Zealand.

    The women's liberation or feminist movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s differed from the 'first wave' feminists of the late nineteenth century, who mainly campaigned for women's suffrage and enhanced roles for women's domestic and familial roles. The later feminist movement involved a large and vociferous group of women who were determined to extend women's choices and rights, and who aimed to change women's social, economic and political roles. They demanded equality in employment, income and education, access to childcare and control over their own bodies through safe abortion and contraception. Various items in this collection symbolise the issues and concerns of the women's movement at this time, including badges on abortion and posters advertising women's liberation marches.

  • Harold Stevens collection(4)

    Kodak camera case
    Picture taking with the No.1A Autographic Kodak Junior...
    Camera tripod with telescopic legs
    Autographic Kodak Junior camera

    The Harold Stevens collection comprises an A1 Autographic Kodak Junior camera, camera case, instruction booklet and tripod. Amateur photographer Harold Stevens used this equipment during the 1920s and 1930s to document family life at his home in Rockdale, Sydney, and to record activities and scenes on holiday trips.

    Photography has been one of Australia's most popular leisure activities since American George Eastman released the Pocket Kodak camera on to the Australian market in 1896. The new roll-film cameras enabled everyday people to become competent 'snapshot photographers', and by the 1920s most families owned a camera. Amateur photographers created records of their lives, families and experiences. The production and sharing of these images has constituted a significant means by which Australians recorded and narrated their individual histories, family genealogies and social milieu.

  • Australian Women's Cricket Council collection(80)

    Letter from Margaret Peden to Miss M.G. Wood, 28 October 1930
    Single page paper insert that details the fund raising aims of the cricket match

    Menu Card, House of Commons lunch

    Programme - MARINA, Act II

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from William Hancock, 1832
    Convict love token from John Harris, 1830
    Convict love token from John Harris, 1829
    Convict love token from James Duffield, 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 in the John Dixon case; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside of the names of prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation and a 60 page handwritten manuscript account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported on two occasions 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.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Girl, Unnrubinna, tobogganing on the granite slopes at Kurrekapinya Soakage, Ayers Ranges, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Flock of sheep, Kimberley Downs station, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Film negative - Indigenous man shepherding goats and sheep, near Oodnadatta, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Film negative - Cutherson Falls, upper Liverpool River,  Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928