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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Scots Church - Church Hill
    Postcard featuring a photograph portrait of W.F. Lloyd as a Labor Candidate in the Enoggera General Election 1912
    Dingoes about
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Holster for a Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver
    Chequebook owned by Wm Percy Faithfull
    The Tourist.
    Mounted copy of William Pitt Faithfull and Mary Deane's marriage certificate

    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.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Glass plate negative - Jim, the Chinese gardener, Durham Downs station, Queensland, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
    Glass plate negative of containers collected by Herbert Basedow at Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, in 1911, photographed by Herbert Basedow between 1911 and 1914
    Glass plate negative - Baobab marked by Captain Lort Stokes' party in 1838, May River, off Stokes Bay, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Flock of sheep, Kimberley Downs station, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Mansfield Agricultural & Pastoral Society Spring Show, 1964 for first prize for a bridge cloth
    'Royal' of the West, Bathurst Show prize certificate awarded to V M Wilson, 1975
    Certificate awarded at the Inverelle P & A Association, 1973 for second prize for a tatted butterfly doily
    Certificate awarded at the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia Royal Show, 1952  for Second Prize for a dark green quilted cushion cover
  • Turner and Valentine Families collection(177)

    Australian Pictorial Diary for 1967, containing details of daily personal and school events
    The Stool Journals
    Grandfather Turner. Father of John Turner
    Colin Turner of Dunoon
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Plaster bust
    Carving of a lizard
    Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters) at Warnarn Rockhole
    Young Girls by Wally Mandarrk

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token inscribed with the initials R.L and S.L., 1819
    Convict love token from Miss Smith, March 21, 1781
    Convict love token engraved with the initials S.C., 1822
    Convict love token from J. Dunham, 1835

    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.

  • Meredith Hinchliffe collection no. 1(9)

    International Women's Year -  A Woman's Place is Everywhere
    Freedom of Opportunity - International Women's Year 1975
    Women's Liberation March on March 11

    The collection consists of a large number of items, including stickers, badges, posters and t-shirts, collected during the early 1970s relating to International Women's Year and Women's Electoral Lobby activities. The collection covers a fairly wide spectrum of organisations and activities associated with the women's movement in the early 1970s and shows links with other countries which had similar movements, including Canada and New Zealand.

    The women's liberation or feminist movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s differed from the 'first wave' feminists of the late nineteenth century, who mainly campaigned for women's suffrage and enhanced roles for women's domestic and familial roles. The later feminist movement involved a large and vociferous group of women who were determined to extend women's choices and rights, and who aimed to change women's social, economic and political roles. They demanded equality in employment, income and education, access to childcare and control over their own bodies through safe abortion and contraception. Various items in this collection symbolise the issues and concerns of the women's movement at this time, including badges on abortion and posters advertising women's liberation marches.