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  • People's Paraphernalia collection no. 8(6)

    Invitation from the Government of Victoria to Mr Bolton and Lady to attend the Royal Review at Flemington on 10 May 1901
    Invitation to the Returning Officer for Williamstown, Mr F.H. Bolton & Lady, in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Thursday 9th May 1901, to witness the Opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth
    War Relief fundraising certificate issued to May Knowles in 1944
    Invitation to the opening of the Parliament of the Commonwealth by his Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Birds by Jimmy Namiridali Nonganyari, Croker Island, 1965
    Bark painting
    Bark painting depicting two Nyapililngu ancestral women by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1966
    Bark painting 'Water lily bulbs' by Mithinarri Gurruwiwi, Yirrkala, 1965
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Stud ewes bred by Lucian Faithfull.
    School report
    Castle Mona Hotel, from the Air Douglas, I.O.M
    Mr Scott's country cottage. Mrs S. & Wenty at the door

    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.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Post Office, Bowral, 1909
    Good Luck from Marrickville
    A woman standing behind a barrier, with a cave in the background.
    Saddling Paddock, Randwick
  • Nettie McColive collection(189)


    Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

    This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

    Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

  • Australian National Railways Commission collection(39)

    Railways of Australia Gold Life Pass issued to Sir Robert Menzies
    Railways of Australia Gold Life Pass issued to the Hon Harold Holt
    Commonwealth Railways oval cast metal plaque
    Railways of Australia Gold Life Pass issued to the Hon King O'Malley
  • Betty Hall collection(58)

    Album containing 20 menus, 12 seating plans and 23 photographs from Parliament House in Canberra, dating from 1927 to 1944
    The Ministers of State of the Commonwealth request the pleasure of the company meet the visiting South African Footballers, 1937
    Invitation 'To have the honour of meeting Her Excellency, the Viscountess Galway...', 1938

    The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

    This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Special Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    Small, off-white calling card, with