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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Sketches of Tommy's life - At the Base - No 5
    Rushcutters Bay, Sydney
    Mary and her little lamb
    Hotel Rex, Potts Pt, Sydney, NSW
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Piece of Springfield Merino note paper
    Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War - Britons for ever.
    Pencil sketch depicting a cottage
    Pen and ink sketch depicting a woman on horseback, a boy and cows

    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.

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

    Malay Prau
    Two-ply fibre string looped to form long narrow mesh bag
    Weapon - Spearthrower
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Preparing for an emu hunt, Wogait people, Anson Bay, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905-1911
    Glass plate negative - Children in front of dwellings, The Bungalow, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Luritja man demonstrating method of attack with boomerang under cover of shield, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Pigmented bent bark ceremonial armband
  • Bernice Spence Fryer collection(5)

    Souvenir cup from the opening of Old Parliament House on 9 May 1927

    'Picturesque views - Canberra - The Capital of Australia Federal Territory.'

    Views of the Federal Capital Territory. Australia

    Souvenir saucer from the opening of Old Parliament House on 9 May 1927

  • Department of Defence collection(118)

    Loseby Two Day Marine Chronometer No 109, with accessories in a wooden case
    Royal Australian Navy Flag Officers sword belt
    Joseph Sewell Marine Chronometer No 9143 in a wooden case, used in HMAS Tamworth
    Fastening pin for latch on chronometer, used in HMAS Tamworth
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from R. Myers, 1837
    Convict love token from Peter Martin, 1836
    Convict love token from William Franklin, June 23, 1819
    Convict love token captioned

    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.

  • 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.