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  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from W. Clements, 1827
    Convict love token engraved with the initials J.D., 1825
    Convict love token from G. Barker, 1843
    Convict love token from William Clark, 1839

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Swimming pool, Garden of the Moon, Hollywood, Arthur's Seat, Vic
    Merrigong Street, Bowral, 1907
    House on a hill overlooking the ocean
    Buildings beside water, lit by moonlight
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Syv Sostre Hilsen fra Ceiranger [depicts a waterfall]
    Leather photograph wallet with the initials W. P. F.
    Exercises for Ladies to Improve and Perfect Beauty
    Blue-green felt shako with leather brim and band

    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.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Kiriwirri' by Jan Billycan, 2008
    Coolamon by Pampirla Hansen Boxer, 2008
    'Wayampajarti' by Wakartu Cory Surprise, 2007
    'Punmu' by Mary Meribida, 2008

    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..

  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    Handwritten note by Marge Tait
    S.W.W.C.A. 1934 England Visit Australia
    Handwritten note about friendship
    Six women playing cricket
  • Inada Holdings 19/08/1985 collection(4)

    Circular black and red badge with central yellow circle [Aboriginal flag]
    Pay the Rent
    Aboriginal Land Rights
    Aboriginal sovereignty
  • The Christensen Fund collection no. 1(67)

    Warriors of New S. Wales
    Throwing the spear
    Fishing No.2
    Climbing trees
  • Ken Ross collection(20)

    Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1926 - Fastest Time medal
    Bathurst to Sydney 1927 - Fastest time sash
    Cycling jersey that belonged to Ken Ross
    Goulburn to Sydney Road Race 1931 - Fastest time medal

    The Ken Ross collection comprises 11 medals, 9 sashes and 1 racing jersey which belonged to professional cyclist Ken Ross. Ross competed successfully as a road cyclist in New South Wales during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also among the few Australian cyclists competing in Europe after the First World War and was among the first English-speaking sportsmen to enter German after the conflict had ended. The collection includes medals and sashes won in Australia and Europe.

    The bicycle has played an important role in Australian life since the 1880s, both as a sport and as a means of transportation. Cycle racing was immediately popular with clubs forming in every state by the 1890s. The period after the First World War saw a great revival of competitive cycling and local and interstate competitions drew large crowds and full newspaper coverage. The few Australian cyclists who left Australia in the 1920s to compete overseas established a long tradition of professional cyclists who have achieved success at an international level.