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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney
    George's River, Lorne
    Man on a horse outside a bar
    I'm Rather Upset [Caricature of a kangaroo playing cricket]
  • Emanuel Family collection(121)

    Emanuel Family photograph album of Go Go Station, about 1959-1963
    Silver Yass medallion presented to S Emanuel in 1878
    Emanuel Family photograph album of Go Go Station, about 1963-1967
    Black and white photograph of cattle scene associated with Emanuel family
  • E Milne collection(652)

    Top grinding stone [stone implement]
    Aboriginal breastplate for Tommy, King of Gongolgon
    Aboriginal breastplate for Billy Hippie, King of Minnon
    Bottom grinding stone [stone implement]
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pencil sketch depicting a milk maid
    Aerial photograph of Springfield
    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon 1915
    Large bed of hyacinths at Springfield with a female figure in the background

    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(2104)

    Wooden carving of a crocodile
    Risk Management Track, by Joolama, Paddy Gwambany Carlton
    Two Snakes by Jack Wunuwun
    Wandjina with Rainbow Serpent and boomerangs

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton collection no. 1(3)

    Dress worn by Lindy Chamberlain at the first inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain, 1980
    Dress worn by Lindy Chamberlain at Federal Court, 1983
    Dress worn by Lindy Chamberlain at the second inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain

    The Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton collection no. 1 contains items relating to events surrounding the death of Azaria Chamberlain. This includes items of clothing worn by Michael and Lindy Chamberlain, props from the film 'Evil Angels' and gifts sent to Lindy and other objects relating to her time in prison.

    The disappearance of Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain (11 June - 17 August 1980) has become one of the most infamous events in contemporary Australian history. The explanation of her disappearance, that she was prey to a dingo at Ayers Rock (now Uluru), was soon treated with suspicion by the general public. After two coronial inquests, Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murder and imprisoned for over three years, until mounting evidence forced a royal commission that ultimately resulted in the exoneration of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain by the Supreme Court of Darwin. The National Museum holds the largest public collection of material culture relating to the case.

  • World War Board Game collection no. 1(2)

    'Trencho' board game.
    Commonwealth Navy

    The World War Board Games collection no.1 consists of two games, 'Trencho' and 'Commonwealth Navy', both produced during World War One (1914-1918).

    'Trencho' is a board game produced by an English company for an Australian market. Trench warfare featured heavily in the Australian soldier experience and this game reveals an attempt to link those at home to those in service. 'Commonwealth Navy' is an Australian made game by the Melbourne based National Board Games company. It is an excellent example of nationalistic propaganda surrounding the formation of Australia's own naval fleet. It also reveals the story of a successful Australian board game company.

  • Stan Mitchell collection(1320)

    Utilised core [stone implement]
    Palaeolithic European hand axe
    Emu feather headdress