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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Australia, the world's tuckerbox
    Dungog, NSW
    Coogee Bay, Sydney, NSW
    Group of school boys in class 3C
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Framed colour photograph of a stud ram
    FIRST PRIZE, GOULBURN, 1907, A., P., AND H SOCIETY, Section J Class 122, Exhibitor A. L. Faithfull, Ewe 1 1/2 & under 2 1/2  Yrs
    Side view of a ram 'Coronation'
  • Keith Goddard collection(252)

    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point
    Kimberley point - stone
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Illustration of flowers and a Christmas verse,
    Handwritten recipe for rainbow cake
    Jessie Harris (nee Baker) with her children,  Jessie, Phyllis, George (Tom)

    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.

  • Mount Stromlo Observatory collection(5)

    Piece of blackened clear glass telescope lens, a relic from the 2003 bush fire that destroyed the Mount Stromlo Observatory
    Scorched teacup, a relic from the 2003 bush fire that destroyed the Mount Stromlo Observatory
    Piece of fractured yellow Pyrex mirror blank, a relic from the 2003 bush fire that destroyed the Mount Stromlo Observatory
    Damaged auto-collimator, a relic from the 2003 bush fire that destroyed the Mount Stromlo Observatory

    The Mount Stromlo Observatory Collection consists of one molten telescope mirror; one molten optical glass (flint); one burnt auto collimator from late 1950s (above); one yellow pyrex mirror blank; one teacup with molten aluminium roof attached (above).

    In early January, fires were started by lightening in Namagi National Park in the ACT. Efforts to contain the fires were unsuccessful and several fires combined on 18 January and swept into western Canberra over Mount Stromlo. In the course of that day, four lives were lost and almost five hundred homes destroyed. For the MSO the fires were devastating. All five of the Observatory's telescopes were lost as well as the 1924 heritage building, accommodating the administration staff. Only the Visitor Centre, and the Wooley and Duffield buildings (housing the academic staff and computing resources) were spared. The loss of the observatory was not only a loss to Australia's scientific community, but to the international scientific community also.

  • Nettie McColive collection(189)


    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.

  • World Trade Center Australian Flag collection(1)

    Australian flag recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Center, New York, after September 11, 2001

    The collection consists of an Australian flag measuring approximately 1200mm by 1780mm. It is intact but crumpled with minor tears and soiled with debris. The flag was flown at Australian ceremonial occasions at the World Trade Center in New York prior to September 2001.

    The flag survived the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on 11 September 2001. It was one of thousands of objects excavated from the ruins of the World Trade Center site in the months following the tragedy. While the flag may have been in one of the twin towers, it is more likely that it comes from the hotel in the World Trade Center 3 building that once stood on the plaza between the towers. This building was largely destroyed by falling debris from the two towers. The New York Police Department presented the flag to Australia's Consul-General in New York, who collected it on behalf of the Australian people.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Henry Barton, 1825
    Convict love token from 1832
    Convict love token from James Duffield, 1833
    Convict love token from J.J. or T.T. 1832

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.