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  • Carmelo Mirabelli collection no. 1(20)

    Carmelo Mirabelli's suitcase and suitcase straps
    Homemade Barramundi fishing line
    Fruit picking apron
    Kerosene fueled stove with a single burner

    The Carmelo Mirabelli collection consists of 16 items relating to Mr Mirabelli's six years of itinerant work after migrating from Sicily to Australia in 1951. He travelled between Ingham, Qld; Shepparton and Mildura, Vic. following the seasonal harvests of sugar cane in Queensland and stone fruit and grapes in Victoria in order to find a 'home' in Australia. The collection includes his cane-cutting knife, fruit-picking apron, grape picking basket, camera, bicycle, kerosene stove and Remitter's Record Card which he used to send money to his mother in war-ravaged Sicily.

    The Mirabelli collection reflects aspects of post-WWII Italian migration. It is representative of itinerant or seasonal workers lives in the post war period and how these flows of people connected Queensland to Victoria. The fact that Mr Mirabelli encouraged other cane cutters to pick fruit in Shepparton supports this. The collection adds to the understanding of post war agricultural history, particularly that of fruit picking and cane cutting which are not represented in the NHC. The Mirabelli collection also illustrates how phases of mobility and consolidation were part of the Italian male migrant experience in the post war era.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    QSL card for VK5GF, South Australia
    Finishing Mill Dept. (Including Magnet Cranes & Portion of Stock Yard)
    Ferries coming into a wharf (Circular Quay)
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    The Springfield Stud Goulburn. New South Wales
    Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    A man and a woman on a park bench with a cow in the background.
    Pencil sketch of a cat and a dog
    The Woman's World 1888
    The Crown Prince of Johore and Equerry at the Coppice Coal Mines Cannock Chase

    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.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Land Kangaroo
    'Trial by Fire', painted by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, 1975
    Glazed ceramic bowl with a narrow base
    Painting depicts three x-ray style fish
  • Ben Chifley collection no. 3(53)

    Six documents, and a lace sample
    United Hospital Auxiliaries of N.S.W.
    Presbyterian Church
    advertising leaflet and lace sample

    The objects in the Ben Chifley Collection refer to the lives of Ben and Elizabeth Chifley, primarily from the Chifleys' days as Prime Minister and Prime Minister's wife, but stretching beyond Ben's death in 1951 until Elizabeth's death in 1962. Significant objects include a letter of condolence to Elizabeth Chifley from Elsie Curtin (former PM John Curtin's wife) on the death of Ben Chifley (above), photos of Chifley as a young boy and a bible on which Chifley was sworn in as minister in the short-lived Scullin government of 1931.

    Joseph Benedict Chifley was Australia's sixteenth Prime Minister, leading the Australian government between 1945 and 1949. This period was one of particular importance in Australian history, being the time during which many of the contours of post-War Australian social and economic development were established. Chifley also articulated the values of the reforming Labor Party in his "Light on the Hill" speech of 1949. However, the election of December that year saw the beginning of a drastic re-alignment of political allegiances in voting behaviour, leading to over twenty years of conservative dominance in Australian politics. An understanding of Ben Chifley, in both his private and public guises, illustrates much about this crucial era in post-War Australian history.

  • Ainslie Primary School collection no. 2(15)

    Letter from Olga J Fraser to the principal of Ainslie Public School

    Eight black and white photographs - Children at Ainslie Primary School.

    Letter from Commonwealth of Australia to Headmaster of Ainslie Public School

    Black and white photograph - Two children looking through library index cards.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Bark painting 'The Story of Djirt' by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala
    Bark painting ' 'Cursing the Lovers' A painting of retribution' by Paddy Compass Namatbara
    Decorated pandanus leaf basket
    Bark painting 'Mirarrmina Sacred Well of Liagalawumirr' by Binyinyuwuy