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  • Warakurna History Paintings collection(33)

    Mr McDougall and Tommy Dodd by Judith Yinyika Chambers
    Warakurna Community by Tracy Yates
    Early Days Ways by Judith Yinyika Chambers
    Warburton Mission: Leaving Time by Judith Yinyika Chambers

    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.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    School report
    Tirranna program 1899
    Handwritten recipes for preserving butter and parsnips
    Clare Wilkinson (nee Faithfull) sitting on a wall, wearing a long white dress and very large hat

    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.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    The Springfield Stud Goulburn. New South Wales
    Photograph of 1884 winning rams
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    I'm Trying So Hard to Forget You
    Hotel Lorne, Lorne, Vic
    Cutting the cards
    Motot boat, Lachlan River
  • Social History Museums (South Australia) collection(172)

    Wattle Day, Our Emblem, Our Defenders, W.D.L. Ambulance Fund
    Wattle Day League, S.A, 1918
    War Orphans Appeal, Lest We forget, Legacy Club
    Australia Day 1916
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Third Prize awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for 'Best Handworked Table Centre or Tray Cloth' at the 1971 Broken Hill Show
    First Prize awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson for 'Prettiest Tea-Cosy' at the Carcoar P.A. & H. Society Annual Show 1962
    Certificate awarded to Mrs V.M. Wilson at the Cudal Agricultural and Pastoral Society 66th Annual Show, 1967 for first prize for a bridge cloth
  • Douglas Seaton collection(33)

    Hatchet head
    Hatchet head
    Bottom grinding stone
  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token for Mary Gibbs, 1787
    Convict love token from John Fulcher, 1831
    Convict love token from M. Lang, 1840
    Convict love token from W. Palmer

    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.