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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    The Post Office, Goulburn, NSW
    Adderley railway station located on a mountain side
    Town Hall, St Kilda, Melbourne, Vic
    Technical College
  • Canning Stock Route Collection(1)

    'Kulyayi' by Milkujung Jewess James, 2007

    The Jewess James collection consists of one acrylic painting titled 'Kulyayi' painted by Milkujung Jewess James in 2007. The painting shows mangkaja, wet weather shelters, with three windbreaks and campfires depicted at the edges of each shelter.

    Kulyayi or Well 42, is located along the Canning Stock Route in North Western Australia. As this painting is within the artists' country, it provides a perspective on the Canning Stock Route and its impact on Indigenous peoples and their country.

  • Gallaway-Gore collection(62)

    Hand written letter from Ch. Campbell dated 14 January 1835
    Receipt from Bank of Australasia
    Handmade booklet
    Photograph of an image of Graham Gore

    The Gallaway-Gore collection consists of a number of objects, including a sword and scabbard, a family bible and prayer book, several framed portraits, and a number of family papers including letters, deeds, wills, birth and marriage certificates pertaining to the Gore-Gallaway family.

    There is a long history of achievement among the generations of the Gore-Gallaway family, including three generations of maritime service, from Captain John Gore senior, who sailed with Captain James Cook on the Endeavour, his son Rear Admiral John Gore junior, who migrated to Australia and settled the property 'Gilmour' near Lake Bathurst, to his grandson Graham Gore, who was lost on the Franklin expedition. This history, as well as the family's subsequent experiences on 'Gilmour', are documented within the collection.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Tapu' by Wakartu Cory Surprise, 2007
    'Tika Tika' by Nola Campbell, 2008
    'Lipuru, Kukupanyu and Wajaparni' by Kuji Rosie Goodjie, 2007
    'Wikirri' by Jakayu Biljabu, 2007

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    A black spotted net lace day cap, trimmed with cream grosgrain ribbon and torchon bobbin lace
    Membership card for Mrs W.H. Faithfull Anderson to the Australian Polo Club
    Paxton's Flower Garden
    On the Death of Puss

    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.

  • Margot Child collection(1215)

    Wedding invitation
    Card to accompany cake
    Card to accompany cake
    Card of appreciation
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Second prize card awarded at the Yass Spring Show, 1906
    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
    First prize card awarded at the Yass Spring Show, 1906
    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
  • Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio Map collection(1)

    Map titled 'Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio'

    The Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio Map Collection consists of one hand-coloured engraved map of the Americas, printed in 1612 for the last edition of Ortelius' atlas, 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'. The map is in good condition.

    'Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio', the most accurate map of the Americas available in 1570, was updated twice over the life of the atlas in which it appeared. As a uniformly-sized compilation of maps, historical narratives, and source references, the 'Theatrum' was a novel and encyclopedic description of the known world, finally freeing cartography from the influence of Ptolemy. The map documents the exploration and exploitation of America, whose vast deposits of silver were shipped to Asia by European merchants for trade with China. The hope of discovering a second America, as the Great South Land was reputed to be, and gain new routes to the Indies lay behind James Cook's voyages to the Pacific and resulted in the claiming and colonising of Australia by the British.