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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Cumberland River, Lorne
    Nobby's, Newcastle, New South Wales
    The Hunter at Raymond Terrace
  • Political Humour Competition 2001 collection(137)

    Cartoon titled 'UnAustralian'
    Cartoon titled 'Foreign Policy'
    Cartoon titled 'Fortress Australia'
    Cartoon titled 'Stop, Revive, Survive'.

    This collection consists of 150 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National MuseumÂ?s 2001 National political Humour Competition. There are 41 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Geoff Pryor, Cathy Wilcox, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward OÂ?Neil. The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 2001. Major topics addressed within the collection include the 2001 election, asylum seekers (including the Tampa controversy) and the war in Afghanistan. There are examples from all major metropolitan newspapers as well as material from regional publications. There are traditional black and white editorial and pocket cartoons as well as colour illustrations and caricatures. Taken together the collection provides a archive of Australian political events in 2001 and demonstrate the quality of Australian cartooning and illustration.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Benjamin Cox, 1839
    Convict love token from Heney Murphy, 1830
    Convict love token engraved with the initials J.T. and S.B., 1827
    Convict love token from G. Coats, 1836

    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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Camelot, home of Lilian Faithfull after her marriage to William Hugh Anderson.
    Florence Faithfull in profile seated on a rocking chair.
    Handwritten recipes for preserving butter and parsnips
     Lucian and Ethel Faithfull standing on the veranda of Bluestone Cottage

    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.

  • Alfred Ronalds collection(11)

    List of fishing flies
    Handwritten list of Hackle Flies and Winged Flies
    Notes on Colourless Wax
    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.

  • Papuan Official collection(1043)

    Shell money
    Carved and mounted coconut
    Shell money
    Wooden bowl
  • Dr William Warner collection(123)

    Headband of fibre string
    Spearthrower with triple ringtail incisions
    Bark canoe
    Ornamental shoulder band
  • EV Llewellyn collection(12)

    Copy of Stradivari's 'Haussman' cello, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1953
    Copy of Stradivari's 'Alard' violin, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1954
    Copy of a 'Brescian School' viola, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1952
    Copy of Stradivari's 'Maurin' violin, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1946

    The collection comprises a quartet of matched stringed musical instruments made by Arthur Edward Smith. They are a copy of Stradivari's 'Maurin' violin - 1946, a copy of Stradivari's 'Alard' violin - 1954, a copy of the 'Brecian School' viola -1952, and a copy of Stradivari's 'Haussman' cello - 1953. The collection also includes cases for each of the instruments, two silk scarves, and a 1979 program for a chamber music concert held in 1979 at which the instruments were played.

    This is a unique quartet of instruments made by A E Smith, widely regarded as the 'father' of Australian violin-making. After emigrating to Australia from England in 1909, Smith set up his business in Hunter Street, Sydney. A E Smith & Co. remained in operation until 1972 and was renowned for high quality repairs, imports and offering locally-made stringed instruments. Smith made about 170 violins, 40 violas and 3 cellos, favouring traditional European timbers and methods. He created a training ground for Australian instrument makers, many of whom have pursued successful careers and been innovative in their use of Australian timbers and styles of violins.