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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Gravel Rash
    Constitution Hill, Bundanoon, 1916
    QSL card for VK7AB, Australia
  • Christies Auction collection(172)

    Pages 25 to 28 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Pages 29 to 32 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Pages 33 to 36 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Pages 37 to 40 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Blind Man's Buff
    Sir Ernest Cable's property, Devon 1915
    Blue envelope
    Pencil sketch depicting a bridge

    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)

    Film negative - Entrance to Wangalinnya caves, Limestone caves in the Napier Range, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Glass plate negative - Women's camp fight, photographed by Herbert Basedow
    Glass plate negative - Punch (Arrerika) watering camels, central Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1920
    Glass plate negative - Aboriginal prisoners, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1905
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from Noah Minns, 1832
    Convict love token from Charles Croughton, March 4 1781
    Convict love token from John Fulcher, 1831
    Convict love token engraved with the initials J.D., 1825

    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.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    The Crocodile, Tungarapia and the Wallaby, Ubraitja
    Armband - Milingimbi, N.T.
    Cylindrical fibre basket
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    Prize card awarded to Mr AL Faithfull Yass 1906
    Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887
  • National Sports Information Centre collection(37)

    Black and white autographed photographic postcard of Australian swimmer Les Boardman
    Black and white photograph of Randwick Junior Rugby Union Football Club, 3rd Grade Premiers, 1920
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Ethelda Bleibtrey
    Black and white photograph of the Tasmanian Team at the Interstate Lacrosse Carnival, Melbourne, 1912