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  • Petronella Wensing collection no. 1(229)

    Pattern for knitting machine
    Certificate with envelope and note
    Pattern for knitting machine
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Ditton 25th March 1908
    Playing with the bubbles
    QSL card for VK-RJ
  • Sir Roger Tichborne Staffordshire Figurine collection(1)

    Staffordshire figurine of Sir R Tichborne c.1873

    The Sir Roger Tichborne Staffordshire Figurine collection comprises one polychrome enamelled ceramic figurine of Arthur Orton, widely known as the Tichborne Claimant. The figure dates from c.1873 and shows evidence of minor restoration. The collection is in good condition.

    Between 1866 when he sailed for England to claim the Tichborne Estate and 1874 when he was sentenced to 14 years hard labour for perjury, Arthur Orton, a butcher from Wagga Wagga, represented himself as the English Baronet Sir Roger Tichborne. Two lengthy trials, one civil, one criminal, were required to establish Orton's identity and both generated huge interest in a man who was variously depicted as a lying scoundrel and a victim of plots by the Jesuits and the English Aristocracy. The trials polarised the public along class and religious lines, and figurines, photographs and other memorabilia were produced to satisfy the demand for mementos of 'Roger'.

  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Cannibal Story' by Billy Atkins, 2003
    'Natawalu' by Helicopter Tjungurrayi, 2007
    'Kumpupirntily' by Yanjimi Peter Rowlands, 2008
    Majarrka shield by Yanpiyarti Ned Cox, 2007

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

  • Sydney 2000 Olympic Games collection(14)

    Head and torso of large scale Kewpie doll performance prop
    Supporting metal armature of large scale Kewpie doll performance prop
    Shoe tricycle with striped fur, used during Closing Ceremony of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, in musical segment Drag Queens on Bikes
    Proper right arm of large scale Kewpie doll performance prop

    The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Collection is comprised of 4 objects from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

    The Sydney 2000 Olympics were held from the 13th September - 1 October, and were the biggest sporting event ever staged in Australia. The Games were attended by over one million spectators and watched on television by billions of people around the world. They were considered a huge success both nationally and internationally, with many commentators expressing pride in the way that Australia's image had been projected locally and globally, particularly during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Australia's athletes also performed above expectation. The Games also tapped into Australia's process of Reconciliation between indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, which had culminated in massive marches supportive of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in May 2000. However, the Games did not pass off without controversy, particularly over resistance to the Bondi Volleyball Stadium, and protests at the World Economic Forum's Asia-Pacific Economic Summit held in Melbourne between 11-13 September, which was staged just prior to the Games.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Handwritten recipe
    Blotting paper
    Tissue paper
    Circumferentor surveying instrument

    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.

  • Hans Kohl collection(103)

    Black and white photograph - Adelmann in front of his house, Herbersthill, 1904
    Black and white photograph - Adelmann family with Kandas and Karoline at Herbertshill
    Black and white photograph - Bridge over Matahan River near Namatanai.
    Black and white photograph  - Mr and Mrs Adelmann at Namatanai in 1908.
  • David Westcott collection no. 6(22)

    Embroidered silk postcard from World War One
    Embroidered silk postcard from World War One
    Embroidered silk postcard from World War One

    The Bradman, World War One and agricultural collection (David Westcott) consists of five World War One silk postcards; six 19th century agricultural show prizes; eight "Japanese invasion money" notes from the Netherlands East Indies; one book on Donald Bradman (1948).

    With the separation caused by overseas service during World War One, postcards became an important way to reduce the pain of absence for those at the front and those at home. Silk postcards, initially hand-made in France but later mass produced, were a popular souvenir to send home. The Japanese Government authorised various printings of so-called "invasion money" to equate approximately with each occupied country's pre-war currency. After Japanese forces were defeated, the Allies destroyed all known "invasion money" issues, but many examples were souvenired by servicemen. The agricultural show certificates provide and important link into the agricultural economy of Federation-era Australia (in particularly the Victoria-New South Wales border). The book on Donald Bradman was written by journalist and selector AG Moyes. Moyes was a State selector who helped bring Bradman into top class cricket. He was clearly a great admirer of Bradman, as well as a friend. The book is an example of the development of the Bradman legend at a key moment in "The Don's" career.