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  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting depicting the log on which Barama floated to Gangan by Garwirrin Gumana, Yirrkala, 1965
    Bark painting depicting two Nyapililngu ancestral women by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1966
    Painting depicts 11 human figures and 2 wallabies
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Australia - A Sheep Station
    Mrs Bland Holt
    Cows by a Pond
    Municipal Buildings, hasings
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    School report
    Primula Vulgaris
    Photograph - Hughie McClelland with his stockmen bring in a mob of ewes for shearing 1950
    School report

    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.

  • Colledge Family collection(296)

    GRANVILLE SHOW 1952, blue felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text
    GRANVILLE SHOW 1952, blue felt show pennant with gold-coloured block text
    Royal Melbourne Show Third Prize certificate awarded to MISS E. ROACH, Exhibit THE VICTOREE FOOD PRODUCTS, LADIES RIDING COMP. OVER FENCES, Class 239 No. 3880
  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Bark painting depicts four creatures, possibly frogs
    A Strange Sea-Creature.
    Bark painting 'The first firing of the bush at Caledon Bay' by Mungurrawuy Yunapingu, Port Bradshaw
    A bullroarer design
  • Lake Alexandrina 'Sister' Basket collection(1)

    Lake Alexandrina 'Sister' Basket

    This collection is a woven basket made in the Lake Alexandrina region of South Australia, traditional land of the Ngarrindjeri people, in the nineteenth century. It is a coiled basket made from sedge, which grow as tufted marsh plants beside the lakes, rivers and wetlands of the area. The basket is made of two joined identical halves, a style commonly referred to as a 'sister' basket, which is traditional to and continued by the Ngarrindjeri people.

    Basket making is considered to be one of the oldest forms of craft in the world. It is revered for both its practical and artistic qualities, and is used for utilitarian and religious purposes. Fibre weaving and basket making is a practice common to many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, having been used for carrying food, personal items, and infants. The Ngarrindjeri have retained a number of their traditional customs and Dreaming stories. The women of the region have passed the knowledge of basket making from generation to generation, and in more recent times have sold their woven baskets and mats to the tourist market.

  • Dr Robert C Percival collection(155)

    Technical drawings titled
    Painting of a plane in flight by Herman R Bollin
    diagrams of EP 10 aeroplane
    Copy of Freedom of the City of London, dated 28 May 1959

    The Dr Robert C Percival collection consists of hundreds of objects recording the career of Edgar W Percival and his aircraft manufacturing companies, between 1897 and 1984. Items include material from Percival's military service in the AIF and RFC from 1915 to 1918; photographs, flying helmet and gloves from his commercial flying activities in Australia during the 1920s; photographs and documents recording his design and manufacturing work with Percival Aircraft Company in England during the 1930s and 1940s; trophies, certificates and medals awarded to Percival; travel documents, photographs and correspondence related to Percival's aircraft design and manufacturing work during the 1950s and 1960s; and documents and audio recordings made by Edgar Percival and his younger brother Robert Percival documenting the achievements and life story of Percival's aviation career.

    Edgar Wikner Percival was born in Albury on 23 February 1897. He was inventive and mechanically minded from an early age, working with his father, William Percival, on their property, Clarendon Park, at Richmond, New South Wales. While Percival studied engineering at Sydney Technical College and was apprentice to a marine engineering firm in Sydney, he was able to watch and fly with William (Bill) Hart, the first qualified pilot in Australia, when he moved his aviation school operations from Penrith to Ham Common, now Richmond Aerodrome, a short distance from Clarendon Park. In 1915, Percival joined the AIF, lying about his age to pursue a commission with the Royal Flying Corps which he achieved in 1917. After the war, Percival returned to Australia and undertook a variety of commercial flying activies, including aerial photography, map-making, geological surveying, joyflights and advertising. In 1929, Percival travelled to England hoping to sell one of his aircraft designs to an English manufacturer, but without success. Instead, Percival founded his own company, Percival Aircraft Company, to design and manufacture Great BritainÂ?s first low-wing cantilevered monoplane, the Gull. Percival won many competitions and awards flying his own aircraft, and the Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, attracting the era's most daring pilots.

  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Second of a set of three postcards from Joan Richmond - England
    Third of a set of three postcards from Joan Richmond - England
    Envelope containing a letter from Joan Richmond to her mother
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Cairo

    The Joan Richmond collection consists of items related to the motor racing career of Joan Richmond. These include a racing suit, goggles, a trophy, number plates, a personal journal, letters, photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Joan Richmond (1905-1999) was a successful racing car driver at a time when women racing drivers were not only a rarity, but competed in the same events as men. Richmond's first major event was the 1931 Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in which she drove a Riley and placed a creditable fifth. Shortly after, Richmond and four friends embarked on an overland journey from Australia to Europe in order to compete in the Monte Carlo rally. This journey is credited as the first international overland tour to have originated from Australia. Following the group's successful completion of the rally, Victor Riley offerd to sponsor Richmond and in 1932, she supported the English racing car driver, Elsie Wisdom, to win the 1000 Mile Race at Brooklands. Throughout the 1930s, Richmond stayed in England and competed in more motor racing events, including several Monte Carlo rallies and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. She returned to Australia in the 1940s but was unable to continue her motor racing career due to a lack of money and sponsorship. Joan Richmond died in Melbourne in 1999.