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  • John Ulm collection(2)

    Charles Ulm's RAAF dress uniform cane
    Photograph of Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm and Garnet Malley, 1929

    The collection consists of a cane that was used as part of Charles Ulm's RAAF dress uniform, and a photograph showing Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm and Garnet Malley in their RAAF dress uniforms, following the investiture ceremony at Admiralty House, Sydney, 3 June 1929, where they received Air Force Crosses from the Governor-General, Lord Stonehaven.

    Kingsford Smith and Ulm became the first aviators to cross the Pacific Ocean by air in their Fokker tri-motor aircraft 'Southern Cross'. With American crewmembers Harry Lyon and James Warner, they took off from San Francisco, California, on 31 May 1928 and flew via Hawaii and Fiji to Brisbane, completing the 11,585 kilometre crossing in 83 hours, 38 minutes of flying time, landing at Eagle Farm aerodrome on 9 June 1928. Becoming instant celebrities, the aviators were honoured at many luncheons, dinners and other special events during the following weeks and months. Kingsford Smith and Ulm were awarded honorary commissions in the RAAF and granted the Air Force Cross in recognition of their trans-Pacific flight. The aviators continued to wear their RAAF uniforms during their subsequent flights and tours.

  • Bali Bombings 2002 Memorial - Parliament of Victoria collection(49)

    Letter of condolence
    Condolence card from Thien to the victims of the Bali bombings
    Condolence card to the victims of the Bali bombings

    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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pencil sketch depicting a milk maid
    Handwritten recipes
    Plate No. 6 in Carter's Floral Illustrations

    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)

    Kimberley point
    Aboriginal breastplate for Joey, Chief of Petraman
    Incised wooden shield
    Woven semi-circular basket
  • Hilda Creager collection no. 1(254)

    Letter written by Hilda Creager to her father
    Round, pale pink velvet powder applicator with a pink ribbon hand holder
    Small pale blue painted wooden commode chair for a child
    Small square handheld metal griller
  • Nettie McColive collection(189)

    Wildflowers quilt

    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Boat Fishing at Great Lake Tasmania
    Holy Trinity Church, Granville.  Destroyed by Fire 16/5/08
    Postcard of Junction Street Nowra
    Botanical Gardens
  • Ernest B Phillips collection(38)

    Metal and plastic headphone plug
    Stuzzi Memocord MT570 audio cassette tape in a blue plastic case

    Stuzzi Memocord MT570 audio cassette tape in a blue plastic case

    Headphone plug, lead, and speaker unit