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  • Daphne Harding collection(1)

    1948 Queensland Clothing Ration Card

    The Daphne Harding collection consists of one unused clothing ration card belonging to the donor's late mother, Zena Majorie Hansen.

    This ration card opens investigation into civilian living conditions in Australia during WWII. Clothing rationing was introduced in 1942 and continued till 1949, four years after the end of World War Two (WWII). Rationing greatly reduced the consumption of clothes and allowed resources to be diverted into support for the armed services. People like Mrs Hansen further helped the home war effort by not using their allocated ration. This collection also allows a study of life in Rockhampton during WWII.

  • Political Cartooning 2006 collection - Sean Leahy(1)

    The Treasurer rushes

    The Political Cartooning 2006 collection consists of 109 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum of Australia's 2005 2007 Political cartooning targeted collecting project and the Behind the Lines 2006 political cartooning exhibition. There are 48 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, John Spooner, Mark Knight, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Cathy Wilcox and Ward O'Neill.

    The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics and society in 2006. Major topics addressed within the collection include issues such as the Cronulla race riots; Work Choices policy; the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) scandal; Australia's military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands; the continuing threat of global terrorist attacks; the economy; and global warming. Taken together the collection provides a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2006 and demonstrates the quality of Australian political cartooning and illustration.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Print - A Frost / we are all the warmer for running on whilst they changed
    Small booklet of soap leaves
    Wedding of Jessie Baker and William Harris with Lucian Faithfull standing on left
    Photograph of painting of a pale coloured horse.

    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.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Bark painting 'The Sacred Law-Givers for the Yirritja People of North East Arnhem Land' by Birrikidji Gumana, Gangan
    Bark painting 'The Dead Spirit' by Yirawala, Marrgulidban
    Totemic Kangaroo
    The  Wawilag Spirits of Marwiyu - A Mandalbui Dreaming.
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Postcard with text 'Allies in Defence against Defiance' and featuring an image of King George V
    New South Wales
    Panorama of Wagge no. 2
    The Corso, Manly, NSW
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    The Boer Armament and Col Baden-Powell at Mafeking - Story of the Siege
    Card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887, Special Prize
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Program of cricket matches scheduled by the South Australian Cricket Association for season 1906-07
    Handwritten note
    T. Hayward from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia
  • Bali Bombings 2002 Memorial - Parliament of Victoria collection(49)

    Love and Peace Forever
    Australians unite
    Hand-made sympathy card
    Indonesian 10,000 Rupiah

    The Bali Bombings 2002 Memorial Collection - Parliament of Victoria collection is a small sample of the large amount of material left on the Victorian Parliamentary steps in the two weeks following the Bali bombing on 12 October 2002. The collection is made up of cards, letters, various paintings by children, wooden Catholic cross with fabric lei, wooden sculpture of a Balinese surfer carrying a surfboard, soft toys such as butterflies, soft koala teddy bears, dolls and football, two small Australian flags, small pieces of jewellery, some textile objects such as a satin throw and fabric flowers, vegemite jar, a 'In Memory' book signed by the members of the Ivanhoe Grammar School and community and a bound collection of children's drawings and letters from the students of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar schools.

    Late on the evening of Saturday 12 October 2002, two bombs exploded in the crowded Paddy's Bar and the Sari nightclub on Jalan Legian, Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Shortly afterwards a third bomb exploded at the US consulate in Denpassar, Bali. Exact figures were difficult to substantiate, but at least 202 people were killed in the first two blasts and over 300 injured. Of the two hundred or more dead, eighty-eight were Australians. The deadly attacks produced profound shock in Australia. For many, this event seemed to bring home the immediacy of global terrorism, which had come to public prominence the previous year in New York and Washington.