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  • Canning Stock Route collection(124)

    'Witji Rock Holes' by Jane Gimme, 2007
    'Kiriwirri' by Jan Billycan, 2008
    'Kartamarti' by Jukuja Dolly Snell, 2007
    'Tapu Country' by Jukuna Mona Chuguna, 2008

    The Canning Stock Route collection is comprised of 125 works and includes paintings, drawings, baskets, boomerangs, coolamons, headdresses, carved figures and shields.

    The Canning Stock Route is a no-longer-used cattle droving route that traverses the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts of central Western Australia. Comprised of 48 wells along an 1800 kilometres stretch of track, the route links Wiluna in the south with Sturt Creek in the north and traverses the traditional lands of nine Aboriginal language groups. The route was founded in 1905 when Alfred Canning was commissioned to investigate a route suitable for the droving of 500 head of cattle, with water sources spaced at intervals of no more than one day's walk apart. Although Canning's map records observations of the land and water resources, it makes no mention of Indigenous places and their associated meanings which the route traversed. This collection, composed of 'painting stories', sculptural works and oral histories, re-dresses Canning's omission and records the impact of the stock route on Indigenous lives and country. A six week journey with traditional owners held in July and August of 2007 inspired the artworks, many of which were produced during the journey, and provided an opportunity for more than 70 senior and emerging artists to reconnect with traditional lands..

  • Springfield Merino Stud collection(166)

    Fonthill Sire, 1983, 2 year old, 6 months wool
    Second prize card awarded at the Yass Spring Show, 1906
    Prize card awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1885
    Certificate awarded at the Murrumbidgee Annual Show, 1889, Special Prize
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Victory March Through London, 3rd May, 1919
    Catholic Church, Mildura, Vic
    Xmas Greetings From Dungog.
    The Cave, Mt Gambier, SA
  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(424)

    Film negative - A pioneer, Mr Thomson, the furthest-out settler north of Oodnadatta, South Australia, with un-named girl, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1926
    Glass plate negative - Distributing sweets to school children at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1923
    Film negative - Horse-whip at the Well, Todmorden station, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1903
    Glass plate negative - Sandstorm approaching from beyond Lake Killalpaninna, South Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1919
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Riding habit
    Polo team members standing in front of a dais and a scoreboard
    Album containing 99 carte de visite portrait photographs of members of the Faithfull family
    William Faithfull land grant

    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.

  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Bark painting
    Armband - Milingimbi, N.T.
  • Bali Bombings 2002 Memorial - Parliament of Victoria collection(49)

    For Bali
    Letter of condolence
    This is the Bali we all know and love
    Love and Peace Forever

    The Bali Bombings 2002 Memorial Collection - Parliament of Victoria collection is a small sample of the large amount of material left on the Victorian Parliamentary steps in the two weeks following the Bali bombing on 12 October 2002. The collection is made up of cards, letters, various paintings by children, wooden Catholic cross with fabric lei, wooden sculpture of a Balinese surfer carrying a surfboard, soft toys such as butterflies, soft koala teddy bears, dolls and football, two small Australian flags, small pieces of jewellery, some textile objects such as a satin throw and fabric flowers, vegemite jar, a 'In Memory' book signed by the members of the Ivanhoe Grammar School and community and a bound collection of children's drawings and letters from the students of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar schools.

    Late on the evening of Saturday 12 October 2002, two bombs exploded in the crowded Paddy's Bar and the Sari nightclub on Jalan Legian, Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Shortly afterwards a third bomb exploded at the US consulate in Denpassar, Bali. Exact figures were difficult to substantiate, but at least 202 people were killed in the first two blasts and over 300 injured. Of the two hundred or more dead, eighty-eight were Australians. The deadly attacks produced profound shock in Australia. For many, this event seemed to bring home the immediacy of global terrorism, which had come to public prominence the previous year in New York and Washington.

  • Mervyn Meggitt collection(9)

    Shell ornament

    Deep concave wooden container