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  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Handmade greeting card
    Florence Faithfull seated on a chair and Constance Faithfull seated on the floor beside her.
    Black and white framed photograph of the four Faithfull brothers involved in the bushranger incident
    Tirranna Picnic Races 15 January 1875

    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)

    Port Macquarie N.S.W.
    Postcard featuring a coloured printed drawing of naval sailors firing a ships gun at sea.
    Jubilee Park, Cootamundra, NSW
    Great Southern Hotel, Eden
  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from 1830
    Convict love token from Edward Hawkins, 1834
    Convict love token from Thomas Alsop, 1833
    Convict love token from Charles Betts, 1849

    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)

    Large natural gastropod shell for signalling that a turtle was caught
    The Djunkgao (Djung'kawu) Sisters at Goulburn Island
    The Women, Miwal and Wanu-wanu
  • Snowy Scheme - Christine Filiamundi collection(16)

    Florence and Christine Williamson under verandah, Munyang
    Florence and Christine Wililamson in pipeline at Munyang
    Munyang Power Station in winter
    Penstock to Munyang Power Station, 1953

    The Snowy Scheme - Christine Filiamundi Collection consists of sixteen photogrpahs of the construction phase of the Guthega project, including Munyang Power Station.

    The Snowy Scheme is Australia's largest engineering work and one of the great engineering feats of the world. Designed to produce irrigation water and electricity, the Scheme took 25 years to construct, 1949-74. Including 7 power stations, 16 dams and 225 kilometres of aqueducts and tunnels, the Scheme was built by a workforce of 100,000 people, two-thirds of whom came from overseas. The scheme played a major part in making Australia multi-cultural, and also in developing Australia's manufacturing, technical and engineering capacities. This collection, consisting of photographs taken by one of the engineers on the Guthega project, helps to reveal aspects of construction on this inaugural power station project, the experiences of Snowy people in winter, and the experiences of young families associated with the Scheme.

  • MacKenzie collection(1473)

    Phar Lap's Heart
    Wet specimen - Thylacine - paw
    Wet specimen - Wombat - heart
    Wet specimen - Bat - whole specimen preserved
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Dinner menu from R.M.S. Niagara with the autographs of the 1913 Australian Cricket team
    South Australian and Australian cricketer Bill Whitty
    Sepia photograph of the Australian Cricket team taken at Southend Ground, England 1921
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Lantern slide - Youth on raft, Worora people, George Water, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
    Film negative - Indigenous man shepherding goats and sheep, near Oodnadatta, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Decorated barbed spear from Bathurst Island
    Film negative - Aboriginal children bathing, Sunday Island, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916