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  • Burrell collection(48)

    Mounted specimen - Platypus - Whole specimen mounted
    Wet specimen - Platypus - Nestling - 14 days old
    Wet specimen - Platypus - tongue and mandible
    Wet specimen - Platypus - eggs
  • Papunya Art 2008 collection(15)

    Pencil and watercolour, on paper in Papunya style by unknown Pintupi artist, 1971
    Pencil and watercolour on paper in Papunya style by an unknown Pintupi artist, 1971
    Pencil and watercolour on paper in Papunya style by unknown Pintupi artist, 1971
    Snake Dreaming for Children by  Uta Uta Tjangala, 1972  polymer on board

    The Papunya Art 2008 Collection consists of fifteen artworks, comprising eleven untitled watercolours and drawings on paper produced by Pintupi artists in 1971, 'Goanna Corroboree at Mirkantji' painted on plywood by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa in 1971, 'Snake Dreaming for Children' painted on particle board by Uta Uta Tjangala in 1971, an untitled work painted on wooden board by Anatjari Tjakamarra in 1972, and an untitled work on linen by Uta Uta Tjangala painted in 1986. It also includes some supporting documentation held in the Archive collection.

    The works in this collection are all significant Indigenous works, representing different stages and some of the major artists involved in the development of the Western Desert art movement at Papunya, which has become internationally renowned as the origin of the contemporary Aboriginal acrylic painting industry. The fourteen works from 1971 and 1972 represent the very earliest phase of the movement at Papunya. The eleven watercolours and drawings on paper , three attributed to Uta Uta Tjangala, represent a formative moment in this movement when artists began experimenting with different media.The sketching of designs on paper took place prior to the production of acrylic paintings. Although the designs themselves had been produced traditionally by the artists as body decoration, ground and cave paintings, when Papunya school teacher Geoffrey Bardon supplied the Pintupi men with paper, watercolour and pencil, this was the first time their designs had been applied to a non-traditional surface. Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, Uta Uta Tjangala and Anatjari Tjakamarra were all important artists who contributed to the birth and subsequent development of the Papunya painting movement. The three paintings on boards in this collection, done during 1971 and 1972, therefore enhance the Museum's holdings of significant works from this early period. The 1986 Uta Uta Tjangala painting is also a significant addition to the NMA's growing holdings of this important artist. Overall, the items in this collection are significant in expanding the chronological sweep of the NMA's holdings of Papunya related material, beyond its current strengths in the 1974-1981 period.

  • Milo Dunphy collection no. 1(102)

    Dog's coat in black fabric with bound edges associated with Milo Dunphy
    Department of Lands, Sydney Warning Corwn Land
    .22 revolver with a black handle and leather holster associated with Milo Dunphy

    Bullawarring (Two Wallabies) Track

    Included in the Milo Dunphy collection no. 1 are two Japara walkerÂ?s tents made for Harold Buckland, (original member of the Mountain Trails Club) a Japara gunny sack, dogÂ?s coat, billy cans, cooking implements, boots and clothing, fly safe mosquito net, cameras and photographic equipment, .22 revolver, double action six shot .22 revolver, brown leather holster, handmade leather dog shoes, folding wicker pram (known as Â?Kanangra ExpressÂ?) and canvas babyÂ?s pram panniers.

    Pioneering Australian architect, bushwalker and conservationist, Myles Dunphy OBE (1891-1985), was a passionate advocate and campaigner for the establishment of National Parks. The Mountain Trails Club, which Myles Dunphy established in 1914, with Roy Rudder and Bert Gallop, lead to the development of a bushwalking movement from which a voluntary conservation movement emerged. His son, Milo Dunphy AM (1928-1996), also an architect, inherited his fatherÂ?s passion and vision and followed in his footsteps as a bushwalker, explorer and conservationist. Milo Dunphy led successful campaigns to establish national parks within the Blue Mountains, stood as a candidate in two federal elections, was active in several conservation organizations and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1986. The DunphysÂ? work continues through the Dunphy Wilderness Fund, which spends one million dollars a year (since September 1996) to purchase leasehold and privately held areas of natural significance.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A gum leaf from the golden south
    Alice in Anderson's Wonderland City Bondi
    Wellington, NZ - Jervois Quay
    Photographic postcard of James 'Jimmy' Smith of the Richmond VFL football club
  • Enid Bowden collection(227)

    Painting depicts abstract design - Narratjin, northeast Arnhem Land
    Cylindrical basket
    Seed necklace
    Hollow cylinder of wood forming a smoking pipe with a wooden bowl
  • George Henry Taylor collection(175)

    Bench axe and blade cover associated with George Taylor

    Wood carving tool

    Auger bits

    Wood carving tool

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pencil sketch depicting a church
    Envelope addressed to W P Faithfull Springfield Goulburn
    Two  photographs. One depicts Camelot, the other depicts trees with a coastline and a sailing ship in the background
    Hope Faithfull seated in the studio with her husband

    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.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from George Rain, 1831
    Convict love token from George Corney, 1831
    Convict love token from Charles Betts, 1849
    Convict love token from Michal Newby, 1841

    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.