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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Railway Avenue, Bundanoon. View from Post Office towards Railway Station
    Lettercard - NSW
    City Hall, Brisbane
    'Oh dear, this is so sudden
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Captain Cook Bi-Centenary N.S.W Glouster Show for first prize for a tatted butterfly doily
    'Royal' of the West, Bathurst Show prize certificate awarded to V M Wilson, 1975
    Certificate awarded at the Mansfield Agricultural & Pastoral Society Spring Show, 1964 for first prize for a bridge cloth
  • Tooloyn Koortakay collection(28)

    Multi-coloured pastel drawing re-interpreting markings etched into the underside of an old possum skin cloak
    Reproduction of a possum skin cloak collected in 1872 from Lake Condah
    Coloured pastel drawing representing the markings on the underside of an old possum skin cloak

    The Tooloyn Koortakay Collection comprises thirty pieces including a reproduction of the Maiden's Punt Yorta Yorta possum skin cloak collected in 1853, a reproduction of the Lake Condah Gunditjmara possum skin cloak collected in 1872, pastel drawings, lino cuts, etchings, possum skin dance ornaments and a selection of tools for making possum skin cloaks. As the cloaks were well over one hundred years old and slowly deteriorating, Lee Darroch, Treahna Hamm, Vicki Couzens and Debra Couzens undertook the project as a commitment to cultural regeneration.

    Possum skin cloaks are a significant aspect of Aboriginal cultural heritage from Victoria and other parts of southeastern Australia. Prior to 1830 almost every person had his or her own possum skin cloak to wear during winter and use for a mattress or blanket. Cloaks were incised with designs representing clan identity, animals, plants and natural features. As there are only five cloaks from this region known to exist in the world, the Tooloyn Koortakay collection is an important historical record as well as a significant expression of contemporary cultural change and identity.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Kumpupirnily' by Billy Atkins, 2008
    Fibre basket by Janice Nixon, 2008
    'Kaningarra' by Manmarr Daisy Andrews, 2007
    'Cattle at Durba Springs' by Mervyn Street, 2007

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

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

    Djunkgao (Djung'kawu) and Madalait at Jelangbara (Yalangbara) - Yirrkala, 1948
    Unidentified Island
    The Yam, Garabara
    Woven pandanus fibre armband, pigmented in stripes
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Loch Scaraig Skye
    The revelation of God
    Oakhampton Castle
    Two small metal pieces of the hand and spring assembly from a Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver.

    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.

  • Count Dorsay Breastplate collection(1)

    Count Dorsay circular disc breastplate

    This collection is comprised of a small round metal Aboriginal breastplate inscribed "COUNT DORSAY". A radiant crown is engraved in the middle, and it is flanked by an emu on the proper right side and a kangaroo on the left side.

    Due to its round shape, this is a rare breastplate. Less than one per cent of known breastplates are round. Although there are no historical records about the Aboriginal person given this breastplate it is probable that they were named after Gédéon Gaspard Alfred de Grimand D'Orsay (1801-1852), who styled himself as Count D'Orsay. D'Orsay was a prominent artist and dandy in Britain during the mid-nineteenth century. This would place the date the breastplate was presented at between the 1820s and the 1850s.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Decorated pandanus leaf basket
    Bark painting 'The Sea Voyage of the Djang'gawu Sisters' by Djunmal, Yawurriawurrungur
    Wooden decorated carving, 'Jabiru', from Melville or Bathurst Island
    Bark painting 'The Sacred Law-Givers for the Yirritja People of North East Arnhem Land' by Birrikidji Gumana, Gangan