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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Cardboard box, with the words
    Jim Webb sitting at the wheel of a car with his wife Hope (nee Faithfull) standing beside him in the driveway
    Pencil sketch depicting a milk maid
    Ladies dyed pink satin right tango shoe, with a clear cut bead at the centre top

    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.

  • Thompson Family collection(335)

    Handwritten letter of congratulations from Dr Irene Crespin to Edna Thompson on her receipt of a British Empire Medal
    Notebook containing finances, salaries, household expenditure etc.
    Small notebook titled 'Canberra House and Land'
    Handwritten letter of congratulations from Hugh Patton to Edna Thompson on receipt of her British Empire Medal
  • Elizabeth Kay collection no. 2(19)

    An invitation to a garden party at Government House Canberra, 15 October 1936
    Invitation Mr C B Kay to attend a garden party at Government House, Canberra, in 1936
    Invitation to a State Ball at Parliament House, Canberra, on 25 October 1934
    Invitation to a Garden Party on 14 May 1937 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth

    The Elizabeth Kay Collection consists primarily of early Canberra tourist ephemera, dance cards and invitations for Canberra events during the 1930s, and a variety of other items dating from the 1920s and 1930s related to aviation, Boy Scouts, Commonwealth Railways and anthropological research. The material relates to Kay, her family and their interests.

    Mrs Kay (nee Moss) moved to Canberra in 1926, after completing her education in Melbourne, joining her father Mr HP Moss who had been working in the position of Chief Electrical Engineer in Canberra since 1912. The objects relating to aviation, the Commonwealth Railways and anthropological research came into Mrs Kay's possession through her father, who collected Aboriginal artefacts from a number of sites in the Canberra area. A program from the 1934 Australian Scout Jamboree Sunday service was given to Kay's brother, John Maxwell Moss, who attended the event. Kay's aunt, Hilda Maxwell (later Lyall) and eldest brother, James Maxwell Moss, are pirctured among the crowd watching Harry Hawker flying over Caulfield Racecourse in 1914. The invitations and dance cards for balls held at Old Parliament House and at the Forestry Commission during 1933, 1934 and 1936, relate directly to Mrs Kay and her husband, Cecil Kay, dating from before their marriage with 'Miss Elizabeth Moss' favoured for numerous dances on Mr Kay's dance cards. The Canberra tourist ephemera belonged to Cecil Kay and were likely purchased in 1932. The open letter written to Prince Edward of Wales on his Royal Tour in 1920 expressing the importance of patriotism towards the British Empire was given to Mrs Kay at her primary school in Melbourne.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    C. Blythe from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
    Black and white photograph of Edgar Richard Mayne and Sidney Hand Emery on board the S.S. Niagara
    Sepia toned photograph of William Gilbert (W.G.) Grace
    A.E. Stoddart bat, 1897
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Lion Island and Barrenjoey, Palm Beach, NSW
    Margaret Anglin
    Souvenir of Grand Opening New Drummoyne Theatre
    Clifton Gardens, Sydney Harbour
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - The game of 'gorri', Humbert River station, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Glass plate negative - The McAuley family, Karrathunka Waterhole, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Decorated barbed spear from Bathurst Island
    Glass plate negative - Men fighting with clubs called 'kutturu', Luritja people, Finke River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)


    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.

  • Frederick Edmunds collection(24)

    Black and white photograph - Edgar Percival between two assistants
    Documents regarding EW Percival eg letters correspondence, magazines and journals.
    Black and white photograph - Edgar Percival and Douglas Corrigan at Luton 1937.
    Gipsy Queen 2 repair manual

    The Frederick Edmunds collection consists of a Percival Proctor aircraft, photograph album, and associated aircraft maintenance manuals and log books.

    During the Second World War, the Percival Aircraft Company developed a military version of the company's most successful aircraft the Gull, named the Proctor, which was adopted as a trainer aircraft for the RAF. The MuseumÃ?Â?s Percival Proctor Aircraft MK1, VH-FEP, is an all wood construction, has a wing span of 39.5ft and is powered by a 210hp Gipsy Queen Series II engine. VH-FEP was manufactured in 1942 for the RAF and was used as a trainer until 1946 before being transferred to disposals. John Dyer, a former RAAF pilot bought the aircraft and flew it to Australia, where he sold to George Lewis of Kalgoorlie, proprietor of Goldfields Airways, in 1947. The Proctor was restored to flying standard in 1953, and Lewis made the aircraft available to the Royal Flying Doctor Service carrying out numerous mercy flights for injured miners, station workers, pastoralists and their families. The aircraft changed hands several times, eventually becoming a total wreck and languishing in a disused hangar in Perth until 1978 when Frederick Edmunds and his partner became joint owners. Edmunds spent the following five years (over 3000 hours) and $35,000 restoring the aircraft, replacing the panelling of its wooden fuselage and rebuilding the engine. The restoration process is recorded in the accompanying photograph album.