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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    A man leaning on a shelter in the bush
    Circular Quay, from the Harbour, Sydney
    SS Seang Bee A48
    Cottage Hospital, Croydon, N.S.W
  • Y Pettinato collection(42)

    Bark painting Freshwater Turtles and Grass Snakes by Djikululu
    Bark painting titled Emu and Small Birds Feeding on Wild Berries by Bunyuwuy, Milingimbi, Northern Territory
    Bark painting 'Waterhole Life' by David Malangi, Milingimbi
    Diver Dance
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Blue-green felt shako with leather brim and band
    The Tourist.
    Brass drafting instrument and accompanying wooden case
    Handwritten recipe for ham sandwich

    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.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Henry Bidulph, 1827
    Convict love token from C. Allen., 1844
    Convict love token from G. Holt, 1822
    Convict love token from James Brooker, 1820

    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.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Small palm trees and other vegetation, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Film negative - Typical porcupine grass country on Northern Territory boundary, Musgrave Ranges, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Film negative - Ullparidja people, Tomkinson Range, north of Mt Davies, South  Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Film negative - A pioneer, Mr Thomson, the furthest-out settler north of Oodnadatta, South Australia, with un-named girl, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
  • John 'Johnny' Warren collection(384)

    Red-brown hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, MISC 79 (Cosmos) 1983
    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1970-1972
    Blue hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career, 1974
    Red hard cover elephant folio scrapbook relating to John [Johnny] Warrens' soccer career 1973

    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.

  • Social History Museums (South Australia) collection(172)

    Australia Day 1918
    Coo-ee!  Australia Day, Unley, Ausgust 1917
    Anzac Day - Lest We forget Gallipoli, 25 April, 1915
    War Orphans Appeal, Lest We forget, Legacy Club
  • Petronella Wensing collection no. 1(229)

    Pattern for knitting machine
    Menu card for passengers of MS 'Sibajak', dated 11 Juni 1953
    Certificate of naturalisation for Michael Victor Wensing
    Pattern for knitting machine