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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Observatory, 'Rocks', Sydney
    The Imperial Fine Art Corporation, Holborn, London
    Wright's Coal Tar Soap, The (W)right Sort of Tar
    Hawkesbury River, NSW, 1907
  • David Westcott collection no. 6(22)

    Embroidered silk postcard from World War One
    Embroidered silk postcard from World War One
    Certificate
    Second World War Prisoner of War Banknote

    The Bradman, World War One and agricultural collection (David Westcott) consists of five World War One silk postcards; six 19th century agricultural show prizes; eight "Japanese invasion money" notes from the Netherlands East Indies; one book on Donald Bradman (1948).

    With the separation caused by overseas service during World War One, postcards became an important way to reduce the pain of absence for those at the front and those at home. Silk postcards, initially hand-made in France but later mass produced, were a popular souvenir to send home. The Japanese Government authorised various printings of so-called "invasion money" to equate approximately with each occupied country's pre-war currency. After Japanese forces were defeated, the Allies destroyed all known "invasion money" issues, but many examples were souvenired by servicemen. The agricultural show certificates provide and important link into the agricultural economy of Federation-era Australia (in particularly the Victoria-New South Wales border). The book on Donald Bradman was written by journalist and selector AG Moyes. Moyes was a State selector who helped bring Bradman into top class cricket. He was clearly a great admirer of Bradman, as well as a friend. The book is an example of the development of the Bradman legend at a key moment in "The Don's" career.

  • Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1(203)

    Goanna sculpture
    Lizard sculpture
    Bird sculpture
    Mouse sculpture
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Black and white photograph of the Faithfull family group
    Large tortoiseshell hair comb
    Drawing of a dog
    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.

  • Papuan Official collection(1042)

    Carved bird
    Carved human figure
    Waistband
    Canoe paddle
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Wooden sculpture, representing a freshwater turtle
    Bark painting depicting Macassans boiling down trepang by Mathaman Marika, Yirrkala, 1964
    Painting depicts an abstract design with flying foxes
    Bark painting depicting pike, file snake, diver bird, water goanna and kangaroo by David Malangi, Milingimbi, 1965
  • Andrzej Jedrzejowski collection(37)

    Certificate
    Card permit authorising A Jedrzejowski to drive mechanically-propelled vehicles of Groups 1 & 3
    Certificate of Registration for A. Jedrzejowski
    Certificate written in Polish and English permitting A Jedrzejowski to take photographs
  • Matthew Flinders collection(4)

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

    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.

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