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  • Papuan Official collection(1043)

    Wooden shield
    Carved and mounted coconut
    Wooden bowl
    Wooden bowl
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Bllom Mill Engine
    Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW
    Union Club, Sydney
    Panorama of Kiama, South Coast, NSW
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    The Tourist.
    Lilian Hazel Faithfull on her wedding day to Henry Yorke Graham Henderson on 11 July 1922
    Florence Faithfull seated sitting on a step next to a small terrier
    Christmas card

    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.

  • Peter Nicholson collection no. 3B(9)

    Retreat from Kirribilli
    Sculptural bronze bust caricature of Malcolm Fraser
    Kerry Packer
    Mixed media construction or installation titled 'Anybank'
  • Keith and Elsie de Witte collection(2)

    Creatures of the Sea
    Fishing with native net and spears

    The Keith and Elsie de Witte collection comprises one Mornington Island headdress made by Dick Roughsey and two Dick Roughsey bark paintings. The headdress is in excellent condition for its age and the bark paintings are also in good condition.

    Keith de Witte (1928-2007) and Dick Roughsey (c.1920-1985) (Goobalathaldin) met at Karumba Lodge, then run by the Ansett company, in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the 1950s. This is significant as it was at Karumba Lodge that Roughsey was introduced to Percy Tresize. Roughsey and Tresize were to collaborate together for much of their lives, producing among other things a series of children's books, including 'The Rainbow Serpent' (1975) which won a Children's Picture Book of the Year Award. The headdress, bark paintings and photographs from the de Witte's wedding on Mornington Island in 1955 are significant as they illustrate the story of a friendship across cultures. The Lardil influences on the de Witte's wedding ceremony held on Mornington Island provide a snapshot of cultural continuation on a mission in northern Australia in the 1950s.

  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token with the name and date removed
    Convict love token from G. Johnson, 1841
    Convict love token from William Clark, 1839
    Convict love token from E.A.

    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.

  • Maningrida Arts and Crafts 1982 collection(22)

    Bark painting depicts four fish
    Bark painting depicting two birds and three bottle-shaped objects
    Yarrpany - Dhuwa Honey.
    Bark painting depicting a centre rectangular pole, probably a log coffin, and includes fish and a bird
  • Ben Chifley collection no. 3(53)

    Bathurst Lions Club
    Two menus and a concert program
    Bathurst Eisteddfod Society
    United Hospital Auxiliaries of N.S.W.

    The objects in the Ben Chifley Collection refer to the lives of Ben and Elizabeth Chifley, primarily from the Chifleys' days as Prime Minister and Prime Minister's wife, but stretching beyond Ben's death in 1951 until Elizabeth's death in 1962. Significant objects include a letter of condolence to Elizabeth Chifley from Elsie Curtin (former PM John Curtin's wife) on the death of Ben Chifley (above), photos of Chifley as a young boy and a bible on which Chifley was sworn in as minister in the short-lived Scullin government of 1931.

    Joseph Benedict Chifley was Australia's sixteenth Prime Minister, leading the Australian government between 1945 and 1949. This period was one of particular importance in Australian history, being the time during which many of the contours of post-War Australian social and economic development were established. Chifley also articulated the values of the reforming Labor Party in his "Light on the Hill" speech of 1949. However, the election of December that year saw the beginning of a drastic re-alignment of political allegiances in voting behaviour, leading to over twenty years of conservative dominance in Australian politics. An understanding of Ben Chifley, in both his private and public guises, illustrates much about this crucial era in post-War Australian history.