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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Fighting the Flames.  A Great Fire in the City
    Boondara, showing horse teams pulling wagons loaded with wool bales
    Group of people in swimsuits, kneeling in a line on the beach
    Romeo and Juliet
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(425)

    Film negative - Portrait of a woman, Ooldea, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Film negative - Moving horses across the crossing near Victoria River Downs station, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1922
    Film negative - Neighbour, a recipient of the the Albert Medal bravery award, Roper River, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1928
    Film negative - A pioneer, Mr Thomson, the furthest-out settler north of Oodnadatta, South Australia, with un-named girl, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Menu for a Luncheon on the 7th of July 1942 at Parliament House Canberra

    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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Tourist.
    Florence and Lilian Faithfull seated in a studio setting.
    School report
    School report

    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 and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection no. 2(37)

    Glass Trophy with wooden base  - Prime Minister's XI against  ATSIC XI
    Photo of first meeting of NAC, 13 December 1973
    Woven basket by Dorothy Dullman
    Woven basket, bi-cornual by Christine Dooley
  • Margot Child collection(1215)

    Description of wedding
    Card of appreciation
    Card to accompany cake
    Menu from wedding reception
  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    Photograph of Emilie Roach next to mount 'Dungog'
    The Royal Agricultural Society Victoria,
    Photograph of the horse
    Photograph of Emilie Roach on mount
  • 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.