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  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Narra ceremony.
    Bark painting depicting the Wawilak Sisters story by Mathaman Marika, Yirrkala, 1965
    Painting depicts an abstract design with flying foxes
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    The Widow's Mite
    Mercy Hospital, East Melbourne, Vic
    Circular Quay, from the Harbour, Sydney
    QSL card for VKAET, Amateur Receiving Station
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pencil sketch depicting a castle
    Syv Sostre Hilsen fra Ceiranger [depicts a waterfall]
    Blue and gold coloured dance program with a cherub decoration on the front and a green ribbon attached

    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.

  • Vane Lindesay collection no. 1(71)

    Letter from Maurice Horn informing Vane Lindesay, 1976
    Letter from Maurice Horn, thanking Vane Lindesay for the 20 entries he contributed to the
    Biography of cartoonist Cecil White
    Letter from Vane Lindesay thanking Maurice Horn
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - Dinjimanne and family, South of Mt Woodroffe, south-central Musgrave Ranges, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Munjinna Bill, who accompanied the explorer R. F. Maurice on all his expeditions, at Maurice's grave, Yalata station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative of 17 Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, spears against trellis fence with board bearing a wooden tape measure, photographed by Herbert Basedow, between 1911 and 1914
  • 19th Century NSW Aboriginal Artefacts collection(7)

    Burnished, wooden fighting club
    Burnished, wooden fighting club

    The collection of 19th century north-west NSW Aboriginal artefacts consists of one unusual shield, one rare lil-lil club, three incised boomerangs and two fluted fighting clubs. The collection is in excellent condition.

    Aboriginal groups across Australia have designs that are uniquely theirs and which, when presented in particular orders, make strong statements about group and personal identities. These 19th century artefacts - with their high degree of intricate decoration particular to south-east Australia - are an important acquisition for this reason and because they originate from a region notoriously difficult to document with Indigenous material.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Bark Painting, Fishing Scene showing Dugong and Turtle, from Groote Eylandt, 1948
    Weapon - Spear
    Weapon - Spear
    Weapon - Spear
  • Bob Brown collection no. 1(161)

    The Tasmanian Conservation Trust, North-West Branch, presents Tasmania's Unique South-West...
    Protests during the campaign to save the Franklin River.
    Bob Brown's life jacket, 1976-1981

    This collection of approximately 3000 items consists of ephemera, documents and personal artefacts relates to the life and work of Senator (Bob) Robert James Brown, one of Australia's most prominent conservationists and environmental activists. The collection is particularly strong in relation to ephemera from the 'Save the Franklin' campaign of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but also includes some pro-dam ephemera that shows the opposition's point of view. Material from the earlier 'Save Lake Pedder' campaign is also well represented.

    Dr Bob Brown, a medical doctor, rose to prominence in the late 1970s after taking on the directorship of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society (TWS) and becoming one of Australia's most outspoken and high profile opponents of the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Commission's plans to flood the Gordon and Franklin Rivers in Tasmania's largely untamed southwest. Building on the impetus of earlier campaigns against the flooding of Lake Pedder, the TWS was spectacularly successful in galvanising national public opinion against the Gordon and Franklin dam proposal. This reached its zenith with the 'No Dams' campaign that commenced in 1981 and culminated in the July 1983 decision by the High Court of Australia against the construction of the dam. This decision also had broader political and constitutional ramifications because it was seen by some as an undermining of state rights, while others saw it as a milestone in national conservation awareness that underscored the power of environmental issues in national politics.

    As a result of his very public efforts to preserve Australia's natural heritage Dr Bob Brown was made Australian of the Year in 1983, and received the UNEP Global 500 Award 1987, and the Goldman Environmental Prize USA 1990. He was elected as an independent to the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 1983 and has served as a federal senator for the Australian Greens since 1996.