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  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1886, First Prize
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, First Prize
    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Ground floor verandah of main house at Springfield
    Pencil sketch depicting a milk maid
    Pearl Faithfull in a studio setting holding a large ruched bonnet  in her right hand.
    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon 1915, depicting the interior of the house

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    The Chalet, Mt Hotham, Vic
    Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tas
    Black and white photographic postcard of Hotel Bondi
    View over a town, with hills in the background
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Hives of Wild Honey
    The Lizard, Tjunda - Yirrkala, 1948
    Wood carving - female human figure
    Cylindrical basket
  • Nettie McColive collection(189)


    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • National Museum of Australia History Through Art Award 2012 collection(1)

    Linocut titled Badu Harbour, by Joseph Au, 2012

    This collection consists of one artwork from the Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award 2012, which received the National Museum of Australia's History Through Art Award. 'Badu Harbour' is a black and white lino print on paper by the artist Joseph Au, produced in response to the Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award theme 'Land and sea rights'. The print shows three pearling luggers at anchor in the harbour at Badu Island (Mulgrave Island) in the Torres Strait. The ocean is in-filled with dense patterning and the horizon shows the basalt rocks and light vegetation of the island.

    Historically, pearling was an important industry in the Torres Strait. This work recalls a time when Badu Harbour would fill up with hundreds of pearling luggers at anchor. People would jump from deck to deck as they ventured out to visit their family members and socialise before the ships headed back to sea. Joseph Au is one of the founders of the Badu Art Centre. His work has been collected by a number of major galleries and private collectors around the country. Printmaking in the Torres Strait has a long history and is one of the dominant art forms coming out of this region.

  • William and Jeanette Derham Family - Bendigo Pottery collection(417)

    Ceramic Toby jug titled J Arthur
    Water Filter with lid and tap
    Canoe shaped ceramic vase
    Ceramic cheese dish with lid

    The William and Jeanette Derham family collection is the physical manifestation of Mr Derham's commitment to documenting the work of Bendigo Pottery, its wares and institutional history, as well as the association he and his family had with the business between 1968 and 1983. The collection consists of historic Bendigo Pottery ceramics from the 19th and 20th centuries which illustrate the diversity of wares produced between 1858 and 1971, as well as a comprehensive range of items manufactured during the Derham era. This material is supported by a unique collection of stamps and printing blocks used as part of the manufacturing and advertising processes as well as documentary materials, photographs and ephemera which illustrate working life at Bendigo Pottery.

    Since its establishment in 1858, Bendigo Pottery has played a significant role in the history of Australian ceramics, producing wares ranging from the domestic and decorative, to the utilitarian and industrial. The history of the business illustrates the process of technological transfer in the decorative arts, the adaptation of imported ceramic traditions to local markets and the development of distinctively Australian imagery, styles and pottery products. Bendigo Pottery has provided useful products and employment opportunities to the community for 150 years and on an aesthetic level ensured that the skills of the potter, which so easily could have been lost with the advent of mass production techniques, have been preserved for posterity.

  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Gertrude Ederle, New York, 1922
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Charlotte Boyle, 1917
    Black and white autographed photographic postcard of Mary E, 1917
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Ethelda Bleibtrey receiving Olympic trophies from the King of Belgium, 1920