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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Alexandra Fountain, Bendigo, Vic
    House and water tank behind some trees
    TheTimber Industry at the Huon, Tasmania
    To Commemorate the visit of the American Fleet to Australia
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting 'Stingray dance performed in the Yirritja Narra Ceremonies' by Birrikidji Gumana, Tirrkala, 1966
    Painting depicting a crocodile, by David Milaybuma
    Fire dreaming
    Opossum Tree  Dreaming.
  • Bob Brown collection no. 1(161)

    Bob Brown's life jacket, 1976-1981
    Protesters and police during the campaign to save the Franklin River.
    Note with jumper depicting the wild rivers logo by the Tasmanian Wilderness Society.
    Protests during the campaign to save the Franklin River.

    This collection of approximately 3000 items consists of ephemera, documents and personal artefacts relating to the life and work of Senator (Bob) Robert James Brown, one of Australia's most prominent conservationists and environmental activists. The collection is particularly strong in relation to ephemera from the 'Save the Franklin' campaign of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but also includes some pro-dam ephemera that shows the opposition's point of view. Material from the earlier 'Save Lake Pedder' campaign is also well represented.

    Dr Bob Brown, a medical doctor, rose to prominence in the late 1970s after taking on the directorship of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society (TWS) and becoming one of Australia's most outspoken and high profile opponents of the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Commission's plans to flood the Gordon and Franklin Rivers in Tasmania's largely untamed southwest. Building on the impetus of earlier campaigns against the flooding of Lake Pedder, the TWS was spectacularly successful in galvanising national public opinion against the Gordon and Franklin dam proposal. This reached its zenith with the 'No Dams' campaign that commenced in 1981 and culminated in the July 1983 decision by the High Court of Australia against the construction of the dam. This decision also had broader political and constitutional ramifications because it was seen by some as an undermining of state rights, while others saw it as a milestone in national conservation awareness that underscored the power of environmental issues in national politics.

    As a result of his very public efforts to preserve Australia's natural heritage Dr Bob Brown was made Australian of the Year in 1983, and received the UNEP Global 500 Award 1987, and the Goldman Environmental Prize USA 1990. He was elected as an independent to the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 1983 and has served as a federal senator for the Australian Greens since 1996.

  • Christies Auction collection(172)

    Black and white lantern slide - Victorian Mounted Police Party
    Pages 33 to 36 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Pages 25 to 28 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Black and white lantern slide of a sketch - Troopers
  • Rosa Cappelluti collection(14)

    Song of Australia card issued to Mr Capelluti after his naturalisation from the Good Neighbour Council, 1962
    Department of Immigration card verifying Mr Capelluti's change of address in 1958
    Travel document issued to Mr Capelluti to enable him to travel to his place of work 18 September 1945

    L'Amico del Prigionero

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Alfred Maple-Brown
    Black top hat
    Welcome home noble brothers
    River at Brewarrina

    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.

  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Menu for Luncheon on the 27th September 1945 at Parliament House, Canberra
    The Ministers of State of the Commonwealth request the pleasure of the company meet the visiting South African Footballers, 1937
    Album containing 20 menus, 12 seating plans and 23 photographs from Parliament House in Canberra, dating from 1927 to 1944

    The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

    This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.

  • Alexander Mussen collection(33)

    Letter from J.A. Sharpe to Thomas Mussen, July 1865
    Letter from William Mussen to Alexander Mussen, September 1864
    Letter from William Mussen to Alexander Mussen, May 1863
    Letter from William Mussen to Alexander Mussen, December 1862

    The Alexander Mussen Collection consists of 3 sketches, one ambrotype portrait, newspaper clippings, 13 letters and a death certificate relating to Alexander Mussen, his time on the NSW goldfields and his death, in 1864, at the hand of bushrangers. Alexander Mussen was a young Canadian, the son of a well known merchant in Montreal. It seems he fell into some disrepute and debt in Canada and travelled to the NSW goldfields to both try his luck and redeem the family name.

    The gold rush in Australia had a major impact on society, culture, the environment and politics. The population increased dramatically, society became more diversified, colonial governments had to respond to the changes and the rest of the world became increasingly aware of Australia's wealth. The Mussen collection provides a personal and intimate insight into the practical workings of some New South Wales diggings, society more generally, law and order on the goldfields and the continuing connection between those who came to Australia and family left behind.