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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Dryblowing for gold, day dawn, Murchison, WA
    Washing day in camp
    Presbyterian Church, Beecroft
    Postcard featuring a section drawing of a German UC5 mine-laying submarine
  • Warakurna History Paintings collection(33)

    NPY Women's Council by Eunice Yunurupa Porter
    Early Days Ways by Judith Yinyika Chambers
    Warakurna Community by Tracy Yates
    Tjamu Tjukurrpa by Cecily Winiragu Yates

    This collection consists of thirty-three paintings produced by Warakurna Artists for a collaborative commercial exhibition with the Outstation Gallery in Darwin. The exhibition, 'History Paintings - All the Stories got into our minds and eyes', opened in May 2011.

    The collection is significant as a broad and comprehensive body of work that presents a series of (related) Aboriginal perspectives on events in Australian history, some of which fundamentally challenge other accounts in the historical record. The collection documents the historical perspective of Ngaanyatjarra people who currently reside in the community of Warakurna. Contextualised by more customary mythic narratives, most of the works address historical events and provide an insight into the Aboriginal experience of contact on the colonial frontier. Taken together, from the Seven Sisters Dreaming to football carnivals in Warakurna today, the collection encompasses 100 years (and more) of history in the Ngaanyatjarra lands.

  • Dorothy Bennett collection(167)

    Bark painting depicts six human figures with hair gathered into cone shape at top of heads
    A Mopadrrunga, Spirit of the Dead, on Bark: A  Mopaditti.  Inv:
    The Strange Snake
    Decorated pandanus leaf basket
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1885
    Ram 'Field Marshal  Jnr'
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1886, Champion Prize
  • Elizabeth Kay collection no. 2(19)

    Invitation to a Garden Party on 14 May 1937 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth
    Invitation to a State Ball at Parliament House, Canberra, on 25 October 1934
    Supper card for the 1934 State Ball at Old Parliament House
    Dance card from the Seventh Annual Ball of the Commonwealth Forestry Bureau in 1933

    The Elizabeth Kay Collection consists primarily of early Canberra tourist ephemera, dance cards and invitations for Canberra events during the 1930s, and a variety of other items dating from the 1920s and 1930s related to aviation, Boy Scouts, Commonwealth Railways and anthropological research. The material relates to Kay, her family and their interests.

    Mrs Kay (nee Moss) moved to Canberra in 1926, after completing her education in Melbourne, joining her father Mr HP Moss who had been working in the position of Chief Electrical Engineer in Canberra since 1912. The objects relating to aviation, the Commonwealth Railways and anthropological research came into Mrs Kay's possession through her father, who collected Aboriginal artefacts from a number of sites in the Canberra area. A program from the 1934 Australian Scout Jamboree Sunday service was given to Kay's brother, John Maxwell Moss, who attended the event. Kay's aunt, Hilda Maxwell (later Lyall) and eldest brother, James Maxwell Moss, are pirctured among the crowd watching Harry Hawker flying over Caulfield Racecourse in 1914. The invitations and dance cards for balls held at Old Parliament House and at the Forestry Commission during 1933, 1934 and 1936, relate directly to Mrs Kay and her husband, Cecil Kay, dating from before their marriage with 'Miss Elizabeth Moss' favoured for numerous dances on Mr Kay's dance cards. The Canberra tourist ephemera belonged to Cecil Kay and were likely purchased in 1932. The open letter written to Prince Edward of Wales on his Royal Tour in 1920 expressing the importance of patriotism towards the British Empire was given to Mrs Kay at her primary school in Melbourne.

  • Claude Dunshea collection no. 1(4)

    Handmade wooden gold mining cradle on rockers
    Gold pan associated with Claude Dunshea
    Miner's short-handled pick
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The chancle of All Saint's Tumut
    Pencil sketch depicting two sheep
    School report
    Florence Faithfull

    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.

  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Australia XIX Olympic Games Mexico 68 pennant
    Autographed photograph of Australian swimmer Mina Wylie
    Souvenir miniature cricket bat, signed by the 1987 Australian and English women's cricket teams
    Black and white photograph of women's swimming team, possibly Ella Smith, c.1920s