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  • Professor Peter Spearritt collection no. 2(185)

    Glass replica diamond and emerald wattle arrangement brooch
    It'll grow back. Save our forrests. No Woodchips
    Commemorative book
    Souvenir flag of the Royal visit to Australia, 1954

    The Professor Peter Spearritt collection No. 2 is divided into four categories; British Royal Family memorabilia, Australian Republic Movement material, T-shirts with Indigenous motifs and anti-logging material. The British Royal Family memorabilia category predominantly relates to Queen Elizabeth II's 1954 tour of Australia. The items were specifically collected by the vendor for the 1993 exhibition entitled Australians and the Monarchy. The Australian Republic Movement material was also featured in this exhibition. The Indigenous motifs t-shirts and the anti-logging material were collected for the 1992 exhibition Lie of the Land. Both exhibitions were jointly created by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Spearritt was the head curator of both exhibitions.

  • Ken Ross collection(20)

    Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1926 - Fastest Time medal
    Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1930 - 13th place medal
    Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1928 - Winner's medal
    Six day race, Berlin 17-23 February 1922 - Winner's sash

    The Ken Ross collection comprises 11 medals, 9 sashes and 1 racing jersey which belonged to professional cyclist Ken Ross. Ross competed successfully as a road cyclist in New South Wales during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also among the few Australian cyclists competing in Europe after the First World War and was among the first English-speaking sportsmen to enter German after the conflict had ended. The collection includes medals and sashes won in Australia and Europe.

    The bicycle has played an important role in Australian life since the 1880s, both as a sport and as a means of transportation. Cycle racing was immediately popular with clubs forming in every state by the 1890s. The period after the First World War saw a great revival of competitive cycling and local and interstate competitions drew large crowds and full newspaper coverage. The few Australian cyclists who left Australia in the 1920s to compete overseas established a long tradition of professional cyclists who have achieved success at an international level.

  • Nettie McColive collection(189)


    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Geoff Pryor collection no. 3(3)

    Divining a site for the NMA
    Cartoon depicting Peter Costello tossing a coin into a cup labelled N.M.A.
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    George Street from near Central Railway Station, Sydney
    Group of school boys
    Pennington Gardens, Adelaide, SA
    Hotel Queanbeyan, Queanbeyan, near Canberra, ACT
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Black and white photograph of Edgar R. Mayne, P.S. Arnott, J.N. Crawford standing in front of Ottawa Cricket Pavilion in Canada
    T. Hayward from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
    Xmas, happy new year
    A.A. Lilley from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Two Christmas/NewYear greeting cards for 1917 with a verse written by Frances Lilian Anderson
    Black peaked jockey cap in silk satin
    Springfield Garden - gravel path and garden with female figure on path in the background
    Hatbox and contents

    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.

  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Embroidered pocket from Australian Women's Cricket Team blazer worn by Ruby Lee, 1934-1935, sewn onto green woollen jacket
    Certificate of thanks to Ruby Lee for donating $1 to the Australian Olympic Team, 1984
    Handwritten note by Betty Russell
    Handwritten poem