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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Public School and Residence, Laggan
    Seal Bay, part of a pressed up ice ridge
    Sailing Sydney Harbour, Bonnington Irish Moss
    Botanical Gardens, Sydney, NSW
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Bribbaree P.A.H. & I. Association 37th Exhibition, 1962  for first prize for a bridge cloth
    Certificate awarded to V.M. Wilson at the Meckering Agricultural Society Annual Show, 1970 for second prize for a painted table centre
    Certificate awarded at the Margaret River And Districts Agricultural Society 31st Annual Show, 1965 for first prize for an appliqued doily
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Cudal Agricultural and Pastoral Society 66th Annual Show, 1967 for first prize for a bridge cloth
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Embroidery patterns
    Voiture de Gala, Musee des Voitures a Trianon
    Men, women and children standing with the foremost row of children sitting on a bench. Empire Day Picnic and Sports in aid of Belgian fund 1915
    Pencil sketch of a building with a tower and a flag at half mast

    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.

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

    Armband from Milingimbi, N.T.Used in Narva ceremony, 'Yiritja', Cape Stewart.
    Pigmented cylindrical basket
    Weapon - Spearthrower Groote Eylandt
  • Tooloyn Koortakay collection(28)

    Thanambool Yana
    Coloured pastel drawing representing the markings on the underside of an old possum skin cloak
    Morrom - wrist ornament
    Reproduction of a possum skin cloak collected in 1853 from Maiden's Punt (Echuca)

    The Tooloyn Koortakay Collection comprises thirty pieces including a reproduction of the Maiden's Punt Yorta Yorta possum skin cloak collected in 1853, a reproduction of the Lake Condah Gunditjmara possum skin cloak collected in 1872, pastel drawings, lino cuts, etchings, possum skin dance ornaments and a selection of tools for making possum skin cloaks. As the cloaks were well over one hundred years old and slowly deteriorating, Lee Darroch, Treahna Hamm, Vicki Couzens and Debra Couzens undertook the project as a commitment to cultural regeneration.

    Possum skin cloaks are a significant aspect of Aboriginal cultural heritage from Victoria and other parts of southeastern Australia. Prior to 1830 almost every person had his or her own possum skin cloak to wear during winter and use for a mattress or blanket. Cloaks were incised with designs representing clan identity, animals, plants and natural features. As there are only five cloaks from this region known to exist in the world, the Tooloyn Koortakay collection is an important historical record as well as a significant expression of contemporary cultural change and identity.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    'Dreaming Story at Warlugulong (Warlukulangu)' by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 1976
    Painting depcits a kangaroo in the X-ray
    Painting depicts Namarrkon, the Lightning Spirit and dancing mimi spirits by Jimmy Nakkurridjdjilmi Nganjmirra of Gunbalanya, 1970
    'Honey Ant Hunt, painted by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, 1975
  • Australian Institute of Anatomy collection(164)

    Woven plant fibre basket, with bands of fabric and feathers
    Aboriginal breastplate for Dennis, Chief of Morbringer
    Aboriginal breastplate for Tumberilagong, Chief of the Nuneree Tribe
    Aboriginal breastplate for Dick, King of Evesham, Darr River
  • Jim Pike collection(3)

    Riding crop used by Jim Pike
    Black skull cap
    Pair of boots used by Jim Pike.

    The Jim Pike collection consists of a pair of riding boots, skull cap and riding whip used by jockey Jim Pike in the 1930s. Pike rode Phar Lap to victory in the 1930 Melbourne Cup and was a well known sporting celebrity.

    Horseracing has been an important and widespread part of Australian sporting culture since European settlement of the continent. The Premier horserace in Australia is the Melbourne Cup, held continuously at Flemington racecourse since 1861. Arguably the best known winner of this race is Phar Lap who won in 1930. Phar Lap and Jim Pike made a formidible combination with a record of 27 wins out of 30 races on him both were sporting celebrities in the Depression years.