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  • Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection(65)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
  • Y Pettinato collection(42)

    Bark painting titled Ngarra Ceremony by Djawa
    Dances from Manarrngu  Hollow Log Ceremony.
    Djambarrpuyngu Mortuary Rites.
  • History of Netball - Margaret Pewtress collection(68)

    Victoria versus New South Wales 4 Sept 1964
    Sung to the Tune of 'Oh what a mouth'
    Second World Netball Tournament Australia 1967
    Interstate carnival 26th August 1968

    The History of Netball collection consists of material relating to the history of national and international level netball in Australia from the 1930s to the present day. The collection of thirty three objects has been formed through donations by seven separate donors representing different eras and roles in netball history.

    Sport has always been a large part of Australian life and Australians have always enjoyed success on the international sporting arena. Australian women in particular have consistently been high achievers in international sporting events and netball is one sport where this has been proven repeatedly. The sport evolved and developed in Commonwealth Countries in the early 1900s. In Australia this resulted in a unique local style and a strong Australian contribution to international rules and standards of play. Netball enjoys the third highest participant rate among all sports played in Australia, is the most popular women's sport and is enjoyed both in the country and the city.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Wooden sculpture, representing a freshwater turtle
    Oval basket
    Painting depicts a fresh water crocodile surrounded by one
    Bark painting depicting a dilly bag fish trap made by the Wawilak sisters by Dawidi Djuwarak, Milingimbi, 1966
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Australian Tom Thumb
    Postcard depicting an image of Mr E.I Cole and Mr W.H. Ayr of the Bohemian Dramatic Company
    Child holding a basket of eggs, with chickens in the foreground
    Begger's Opera. Red Cross Fete, 1922
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded to V.M. Wilson at the Meckering Agricultural Society Annual Show, 1970 for second prize for a painted table centre
    Special award certificate given at the Hay Pastoral & Agricultural Association 94th Annual Show, 1966 for a cross stitch delphinium tray cloth
    Certificate for First Prize...Best Worked Table Centre to Mrs V.M. Wilson for her Round Rose tablecloth
    Certificate awarded to V.M. Wilson at the Narromine Show for second prize for a painted table centre
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Depicts a flower
    Handwritten recipe entitled
    Coloured pencil illustration of flowers
    Buxton and its gardens

    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.

  • Snowy Scheme - Snowy Hydro collection(46)

    Large light box showing the respective locations of the Snowy Mountains Scheme
    Pair of brown leather work boots associated with the Snowy Scheme
    Large timber-framed light box, with a panel showing the Snowy Mountains Scheme in cross section
    Current flow meter in box, with accessories

    The Snowy Scheme - Snowy Hydro Collection consists of a variety of objects relating to the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. These include stream gauging meters, snow survey tubes, work boots, jackhammers, a rock bolt, drill cores, models, surveyors' record sheets, interpretative light boxes, a snow-clearing sign, and a sporting cup.

    The Snowy Scheme is Australia's largest engineering work and one of the great engineering feats of the world. Designed to produce irrigation water and electricity, the Scheme took 25 years to construct, 1949-74. Including 7 power stations, 16 dams and 225 kilometres of aqueducts and tunnels, the Scheme was built by a workforce of 100,000 people, two-thirds of whom came from overseas. The scheme played a major part in making Australia multi-cultural, and also in developing Australia's manufacturing, technical and engineering capacities. This collection, consisting of a broad range of Snowy objects, reflects many aspects of the Scheme, from investigation, construction and social life through to promotion of the Scheme to the public.