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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Postcard featuring a photograph of German sailors and officials on Wingecarribee Riverbank, Berrima, N.S.W.
    Four men standing on rocks at the beach
    A town near water
    View from docks, Hobart, Tas
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2(85)

    Bark painting outlined in white with black dots, divided into three panels by two horizontal lines of yellow and white with black dots
    Bark painting representing kulama initiation by Deaf Tommy in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965
    Bark painting divided into two panels by a band of white lines with circle in centre
    Painting has a central image of a cross surrounded by a square infilled with linear patterning
  • Department of Administrative Services collection(10)

    Ferrier's Lever Wool Press, Serial No 1831, made by Humble & Sons, Geelong, c.1912

    Mahogany single bed with empire scroll sides from the Prime Minister's Lodge, Canberra

    Five-horse power Lundell electric motor, used at the Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney

    George IV extendable wooden dining table on pedestal from the Prime Minister's Lodge, Canberra

    Painted green with 'FERRIER'S / TRADE-MARK / Lever / WOOLPRESS / 1831 / HUMBLE / & / SONS / Makers / GEELONG / 1831' in yellow on the front, this double box wool press with a central pole and a conical drum rope winch or fuzee is one of several items that make up the Department of Administrative Services collection. This large and high quality press was designed to be used in large sheds where wool had to be pressed quickly. Originally purchased from Humble and Sons around 1912 by Australian Estates and Mortgage Co Ltd, wool and produce selling brokers and stock and station agents, the press was sold to a Mr D T Boyd of Victoria. In 1952 the press was sold to the NSW Department of Transport.

    The Ferrier's Press was invented by David Ferrier from Surat, Queensland, and first manufactured by Humble and Nicholson of Geelong. The Press obtained first prize and first order of merit at the Melbourne International Exhibition, I881, and received glowing testimonials from customers who referred to its cheap price, speed and efficiency. Compressing shorn wool into bales remains the standard method of packing wool, and the bale is still the standard trading unit for wool on the wholesale national and international markets. Efficient, cost-effective baling technology has been essential to the growth of Australia's wool export industry, one of Australia's most important export industries, and the early presses are an example of the ingenuity and enterprise of Australian settlers. Manual woolpressing remained, nevertheless, hard, tiring work and the early presses, which were very labour intensive, were later discarded for more efficient fuel and electricity-driven types.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    An outdoors scene
    Sketch of a cottage by R Faithfull
    Hargraves' leather belt
    Design pattern

    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.

  • E Milne collection(652)

    Aboriginal breastplate for Neddy, King of Neis Valley
    Top grinding stone [stone implement]
    Aboriginal breastplate for U Robert, King of Big Leather and Big River Tribes
    Aboriginal breastplate for John Neville, King of Mahaderree
  • Alfred Ronalds collection(11)

    Handwritten list of Hackle Flies and Winged Flies
    Note titled 'No.1'
    List of fishing flies
    List of fishing flies

    The Alfred Ronalds Collection consists of a copy of the third edition of The Fly-Fisher's Entomology, published in England in 1844. The book contains a detailed description of the art of fly-fishing, plus fifty artificial flies and instructions about how to make them. There are also twenty plates displaying a hundred delicately coloured illustrations of insects and their imitations. This copy of the book was owned by A J Lane, an early fly-fishing enthusiast. Writing in his journal of 1843, Lane describes the fish, the fishing, and the flies of southern England in great detail. A J Lane has embellished this book with thirty-two mounted artificial flies, and added extensive notes.

    Alfred Ronalds first published The Fly-Fisher's Entomology in 1836, the result of his thoughts, observations and experiments undertaken in a purpose-built hut on the banks of the Blythe River in Staffordshire, England. Acclaim for Ronalds and his book, was immediate and long-lasting. It is still regarded as one of the greatest achievements in angling literature, particularly in connecting the practice of fly-fishing with the science of entomology. The scientific basis of the book influenced angling techniques and their consequent development world wide. The fame of Alfred Ronalds and his book preceded his arrival in Australia. He died in 1860, just four years before trout were introduced to Australia by Tasmanian pastoralist James Youl. Ronalds' daughter, Maria Shanklin, continued the tradition of fly-tying during the 1860s and 1870s, and her design, named the Wennel, is still used by Australian fly-fishers. Fly-fishing today is one of the most popular forms of fishing in Australia.

  • Political Humour Competition 1998 collection(129)

    Dog of a Year
    Scare Campaign
    The FU Holden Howard
    Reith - Closet Republican
  • Geoff Pryor collection no. 2(3)

    Thong Thrown at Owner of the First Victa.....
    Two illustrations - First Victa Lawnmower and First Ear Muffs
    Boot Thrown at the Owner of the First Victa