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  • E Milne collection(652)

    Retouched flake [stone implement]
    Top grinding stone [stone implement]
    Aboriginal breastplate for Thomas Tinboy, King of Nelligan
    Aboriginal breastplate for Jemmy Muggle, King of Wiggley
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Sir Harry Rawson Laying Foundation Tablet, Masonic Hall, Ryde, 16.5.08
    CANBERRA - Hon. Andrew Fisher laying Foundation Stone 12.3.13 H&S
    The Spit, Middle Harbour, Sydney
    Surry Hills Methodist Church
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from John Palmer, 1829
    Convict love token from J. Hooper
    Convict love token from W. Barnett
    Convict love token from William Tugby, 1831

    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.

  • Political Humour Competition 1997 collection(5)

    Cannibals and Others
    Kim rolls over
    Ear-biter Bruce
    Quasimodo Colston
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Booklet detailing Tirranna races rules
    Transport by the Camel in Australia
    Album containing postcards collected during Lucian and Ethel Faithfull's European trip in 1914
    Pencil sketch depicting a woman

    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.

  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 4(75)

    Bark painting 'Gubabingu mortuary ceremony' by Binyinyuwuy, Milingimbi, 1967
    Bark painting 'The Formation of Clouds' by Bokarra Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1967
    Bark painting 'Wagilag Ritual' by Dawidi Djulwadak, Milingimbi, 1967
    Bark painting 'The Wagilag Story' by Dawidi Djulwadak, Milingimbi, 1967
  • Guiseppe Picone collection(28)

    Spanner with a 25mm jaw at one end and a 16mm hex at opposite end
    Metal 'hurricane' kerosene lamp with glass chimney, cotton wick and wire handle
    Handmade awl
    Carpenter's folding rule
  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Johnny Warren's Order of Australia Medal set in presentation box
    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1952-1956
    Blue hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1974
    Album and scrapbook containing photographs and ephemera from Japan, 1971

    The John 'Johnny' Warren Collection includes an extensive range of materials detailing his days playing for junior teams in the Botany area of South Sydney in the 1950s, through his senior club years in the 1960s and 1970s, and national representative career as a Socceroo from 1965 to 1974. The collection also details Warren's later work as a soccer coach and administrator, journalist and television commentator, and incorporates files and publications related to his work as a government advisor and advocate for the sport.

    Warren was Australia's most famous soccer player who tirelessly championed a sport regarded as a minor footballing code in this country. An attacking midfielder of great speed and skill, he played in the NSW State League and was chosen to represent Australia in 1965. His national representative career stretched over a decade, culminating in his participation in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. After retiring as a player, Warren worked as a coach, administrator, journalist and television commentator promoting the sport he loved. He became the face of Australian soccer, championing the sport for many years through a long and cherished partnership with his colleague and friend Les Murray on SBS Television.