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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Maldon Hospital, Victoria
    QSL card for VK7AB, Australia
    Wolsey Underwear
    St Georges C.E. Hurstville
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token engraved with the initials H.D. and S.S.
    Convict love token from Samual Phillips, May 2nd, 1820
    Convict love token from J. Dunham, 1835
    Convict love token engraved with the names H. Orum and H. Cutler

    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.

  • Ruby Lee collection(134)

    S.W.W.C.A. 1934 England Visit Australia
    Handwritten note by Betty Russell
    Handwritten poem
    Handwritten poem by Keith Dodd
  • People's Paraphernalia collection no. 10(3)

    NSW Welcomes President Johnson
    Poster titled 'Help Australia - Help yourself... buy WAR SAVINGS STAMPS and CERTIFICATES'
    Wartime patriotic poster titled 'Invest NOW in the SECOND VICTORY LOAN Your Bond is a Bridgehead'
  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1885, Second Prize
    Card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1887, First Prize
    Champion Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
    First Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, Wagga Wagga, 1887
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Group of people having tea in a garden
    School report
    Lilian Faithfull, Ann Deane, William Pitt Faithfull, Ethel Faithfull (nee Joplin), Florence Faithfull
    The Tourist.

    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)

    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Dorothy Burns
    Autographed photograph of US swimmer Ethelda Bleibtrey, Toowoomba, Queensland
    Black and white photographic postcard of the NSW Team of Swimmers and Supporters, Brisbane, 1911
    Black and white photograph of US swimmer Duke Kahanamoku of Honolulu
  • Nettie McColive collection(189)

    Correspondence School Super Primary Department Progress Certificate for Literature, Drawing and Applied art

    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.