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  • Australian Institute of Anatomy collection(160)

    Aboriginal breastplate for Bulgra, King of Arremutta 1920
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Fire at Grafton May 27th 1908
    Rose Bay, Sydney
    Australian Natives - The Bicycle Race
    Double Bay and Darling Point
  • JR Lawson Pty Ltd Auctioneers collection no. 3(5)

    Novelty brown glazed ceramic paperweight caricature of the head of Australian Prime Minister William (Billy) Hughes
    Novelty cast iron doorstop or paperweight caricature of former Australian prime minister Sir George Houstoun Reid

    Novelty ceramic ashtray or pin tray in the form of a young girl

    Ceramic tankard with an Australian scene on its side that is titled 'Mine Like a Plurry Drink'

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1890
    Card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887, First Prize
    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1886, Champion Prize
  • Arrival of the Australian fleet in 1913 collection(1)

    Royal Australian Navy pamphlet

    The Arrival of the Australian Fleet in 1913 collection contains one colour pamphlet, which measures 29.6 x 20.3cm when closed. It has slight tears to the edges and minor discolouration overall, but is otherwise in good condition.

    In the first decade of the 20th century, Australians realised that they could no longer rely on the British Navy to protect them from the perceived threat of invasion. The creation of a navy was deemed necessary for defence and became a symbol of national cohesion, identity and pride. The 18,000 ton battle-cruiser, HMAS Australia, was the flagship of the fleet. It enjoyed popular adulation and its size gave Australians a sense of security during the naval arms race which preceeded World War I. The government wanted the upcoming generation of Australians to appreciate the significance of the new Royal Australian Navy and invited two children from every state school in country NSW to Sydney to watch the arrival of the fleet on 4 October 1913. The children were given this pamphlet to remember their visit. The pamphlet is ripe with Australian symbolism: wattle, the Australian coat of arms and the flag are all present. The young woman heralding the fleet's arrival into Sydney harbour symbolises the young, recently federated nation of Australia.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Bark painting 'The Story of Djirt' by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala
    Preparing for the Pukamani.
    Hunting by the Sea.
    Bark painting 'The Sacred Law-Givers for the Yirritja People of North East Arnhem Land' by Birrikidji Gumana, Gangan
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Pink cotton ribbon.
    Handwritten recipe for elderberry wine

    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.

  • Joan Richmond collection(50)

    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - London
    Letter with envelope - Darwin
    Letter and envelope from Joan Richmond - Sydney
    1932 Brooklands 1000 Miles Race trophy awarded to Joan Richmond

    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.