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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    West Australian Flora no.4
    Black and white photographic postcard of Hotel Bondi
    Wishing well and bowling green, Lorne, Vic
    Watts River, Vic
  • Stan Mitchell collection(1320)

    Palaeolithic European hand axe
    Top grinding stone [stone implement]
    Wooden Container
    Utilised core [stone implement]
  • Buku-Larrngay Arts collection no. 1(44)

    Painting depicts a canoe-shaped design in centre with figure inside by Bumiti - Yingapungapu
    Turtle Hunt Series (2 of 3).
    Clouds (painting of clouds design sacred to  Manggalili people).
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Deception Creek, Red Gorge, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, between 1905 and 1914
    Film negative - Travelling through rough sandstone tablelands in the interior of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory,  photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Glass plate negative - Hermannsburg mission station, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Film negative - Woman holding baby on her back, Denial Bay, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Clovelly, High Street
    Man and woman (Ethel Faithfull) outside the Bluestone Cottage.

    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.

  • Ron Westwood collection(1)

    1923 5CV 'Type C' torpedo' Citroen motor car that Nevill Westwood drove on the first around Australia circuit by a car in 1925

    The Ron Westwood Collection comprises a 1923 5CV Citroen, a collection of lantern slides with a lantern slide projector and a collection of newspaper articles, letters, photographs and other paperwork. The car underwent some restoration in the 1970s and is in reasonable condition.

    The Citroen was the first car to be driven around Australia. The journey was undertaken by Nevill Westwood, a Seventh day Adventist missionary, between August and December 1925. While each item, the car, lantern slides and ephemera resonate on their own, as a collection they represent an important moment in Australia's motoring and tourism heritage. The 1920s was a boom time in car ownership and the motor allowed people to travel further for work and leisure. The Westwood trip is an important example of the way people utilised the car to explore the land and the intense interest there was in the capabilities of the car when pitted against the Australian landscape. The fact that Westwood undertook the trip as a missionary also provides an insight to the activities of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in the 1920s.

  • John Murray collection(7)

    Silk postcard with embroidered butterfly and flower imagery relating to Alf Barkle and his World War One service
    Souvenir silk handkerchief embroidered with the Rising Sun badge, Union Jack and Commonwealth flags relating to Alf Barkle and his World War I service
    Main section of postcard sent by Alf Barkle to his mother 24 August 1918 during World War One
    1916 Anzac Day program

    The John Murray collection comprises two embroidered silk postcards and two embroidered silk handkerchiefs dating from World War One, and a program for Anzac Day ceremonies held at Serapeum, Egypt, in 1916. The handkerchiefs and postcards were sent by Norman and Alfred Barkle to their mother in Sydney while the men were serving with the First Australian Imperial Force in France and Belgium.

    During World War One, embroidered silk postcards and handkerchiefs became popular souvenirs for Australians serving on the Western Front. Local women and small factories produced these items for sale to Allied troops through regimental canteens. The cards and handkerchiefs featured a variety of patriotic and sentimental motifs and messages and Australians sent thousands home to family and friends.

  • 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.