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  • Matthew Flinders collection(4)

    Terra Australis or Australia, the Parts Explored Bewteen 1798 and 1803 by Matthew Flinders
    Matthew Flinders' 'A Voyage to Terra Australis' (1814), Volume 1
    Matthew Flinders' 'A Voyage to Terra Australis' (1814) , Volume 2
    Stream anchor from Matthew Flinders' ship the 'Investigator'

    The Matthew Flinders Collection comprises one copy of Matthew Flinders (1814, London) A Voyage to Terra Australia comprising two volumes of text plus an atlas. The text traces the coastal exploration of Australia to 1803 whilst the charts in the atlas represent the state of British knowledge of the Australian coastline in 1810-11. The text volumes and atlas were purchased from the collection of Kevin Crotty at an Australian Book Auctions auction.

    Matthew Flinders (1774-1814) was an accomplished navigator who served in Australian waters from 1795 to 1803, engaged mostly on coastal survey work. His most notable achievements were to demonstrate that Van Diemen's Land was not part of New South Wales and that New Holland and New south Wales were part of one continental mass. Flinders is generally acknowledged as the first to use the term 'Australia' to name that continent.

  • E Milne collection(652)

    Aboriginal breastplate for U Robert, King of Big Leather and Big River Tribes
    Aboriginal breastplate for King Billy, King of the Barwon Blacks
    Aboriginal breastplate for Timothy, Chief of Merricumbene
    Kimberley point
  • Myrtle Wilson collection(87)

    Certificate awarded at the Launceston National Agricultural and Pastoral Society of Tasmania for first prize for a bridge cloth
    Certificate awarded at the Royal Society Agricultural of Tasmania Royal Show, Hobart, 1966 for first prize for a tatted butterfly doily
    Certificate awarded at the Parramatta Agricultural & Industrial Society Annual Show, 1967 for third prize for an organdie throwover
    Certificate awarded at the Nhill Agricultural and Pastoral Society Annual Show, 1969 for first prize for a painted table centre
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Horts Chronology and Ancient History.
    Cream-coloured partial dance program 'VICTORIA BARRACKS [Military & Civil Cricket Club Ball], 4th October 1865'
    A small illustration entititled 'Welsh Costume  No. 6 / The Bidding'.
    Two-piece [skirt and bodice] full-length dress in sheer black fabric with white spot print

    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(7551)

    Nellies Grotto, Jenolan Caves, NSW
    A woman with a bicycle, standing outside a timber house with a veranda
    Portrait of a sports team of boys
    Postcard depicting Florence Bland Holt
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection(2104)

    Painting by Gordon Syron - Miners Cottage, 1982
    Two Snakes by Jack Wunuwun
    Painting of 'walka', a brightly coloured pattern
    Silk batik orange and brown colours

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.

    The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.

  • Christies Auction collection(172)

    Pages 17 to 20 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Pages 13 to 16 of the copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally composed by Ned Kelly
    Black and white lantern slide - Victorian Mounted Police Party
    Envelope for a copy of the Jerilderie Letter, which was originally written by Ned Kelly
  • Professor WEH Stanner collection no. 2(23)

    Hafted stone hatchet
    Painting on masonite depicting a human figure with elbows bent & hands upraised.
    Painting depicts a human figure with elbows bent & hands upraised
    Bark painting depicting camping scene with trees, low hills, a stream and animals