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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Western Australias Phenomenal Gold Yield
    Industrial buildings with chimneys that are billowing smoke
    QSL card for VK3C
    Plumber Gasfitter
  • Alexander Mussen collection(33)

    Letter from Alexander Mussen to Thomas Mussen, February 1856
    Pages of scrapbook containing sketch of Alexander Mussen's grave
    Sketch of Joseph Sharpe's store where Alexander Mussen was shot
    Letter from William Mussen to Alexander Mussen, December 1862

    The Alexander Mussen Collection consists of 3 sketches, one ambrotype portrait, newspaper clippings, 13 letters and a death certificate relating to Alexander Mussen, his time on the NSW goldfields and his death, in 1864, at the hand of bushrangers. Alexander Mussen was a young Canadian, the son of a well known merchant in Montreal. It seems he fell into some disrepute and debt in Canada and travelled to the NSW goldfields to both try his luck and redeem the family name.

    The gold rush in Australia had a major impact on society, culture, the environment and politics. The population increased dramatically, society became more diversified, colonial governments had to respond to the changes and the rest of the world became increasingly aware of Australia's wealth. The Mussen collection provides a personal and intimate insight into the practical workings of some New South Wales diggings, society more generally, law and order on the goldfields and the continuing connection between those who came to Australia and family left behind.

  • Australian Bicentennial Authority collection(214)

    Living Together

    Poster 'Australia Biennale 1988'

    Sheet containing 35 stickers of various sizes, shapes and colours, with names and symbols of A...

    Arts flag

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Aquilegia Alpine
    Royal Agricultural Society passes
    Vertically-aligned rectangular brown medal presentation case with gold border around the edge of the lid
    Cream coloured Christmas card with robin decoration

    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.

  • Turner and Valentine Families collection(177)

    Photograph of Mary Turner and Ian Brown at Isla Villa, Dunoon
    Scientific Expedition to Haymen Island May, 1934
    Photograph of John Turner
    Exercise book containing handwritten compositions
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Fresh-water Tortoise work on paper, Oenpelli, 1948
    Weapon - Spear
    Woven pandanus fibre armband, pigmented in stripes
  • EV Llewellyn collection(12)

    Copy of a 'Brescian School' viola, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1952
    Copy of Stradivari's 'Maurin' violin, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1946
    Copy of Stradivari's 'Alard' violin, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1954
    Copy of Stradivari's 'Haussman' cello, made by Australian mastercraftsman A E Smith in 1953

    The collection comprises a quartet of matched stringed musical instruments made by Arthur Edward Smith. They are a copy of Stradivari's 'Maurin' violin - 1946, a copy of Stradivari's 'Alard' violin - 1954, a copy of the 'Brecian School' viola -1952, and a copy of Stradivari's 'Haussman' cello - 1953. The collection also includes cases for each of the instruments, two silk scarves, and a 1979 program for a chamber music concert held in 1979 at which the instruments were played.

    This is a unique quartet of instruments made by A E Smith, widely regarded as the 'father' of Australian violin-making. After emigrating to Australia from England in 1909, Smith set up his business in Hunter Street, Sydney. A E Smith & Co. remained in operation until 1972 and was renowned for high quality repairs, imports and offering locally-made stringed instruments. Smith made about 170 violins, 40 violas and 3 cellos, favouring traditional European timbers and methods. He created a training ground for Australian instrument makers, many of whom have pursued successful careers and been innovative in their use of Australian timbers and styles of violins.

  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Handwritten note
    South Australian and Australian cricketer Bill Whitty
    Group of dignitaries seated in a grand stand watching a cricket match
    Black and white photograph of E.R. Mayne walking off the cricket field, 1921