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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Postcard featuring a sepia photograph of 13 military men inside and beside a railway carriage
    Maroubra Beach, Sydney, NSW
    Wunderlich New Deep Corrugated Durabestos Roofing and Wallsiding
  • Vane Lindesay collection no. 1(71)

    Biography of cartoonist Geoffrey Raynor Hook
    Biography of cartoonist Cecil White
    Letter from Maurice Horn, thanking Vane Lindesay for the 20 entries he contributed to the
    Biography of cartoonist George Molnar
  • Nanette Ward collection(226)

    Black and white photograph of E.R. Mayne walking off the cricket field, 1921
    Black and white photograph showing E.R. Mayne going out to bat against Kent at Canterbury Ground, England, 1921
    Photograph of several members of the 1912 Australian Cricket team relaxing on the deck of the
    S.F. Barnes from the 1901-02 English Cricket Team to Australia.
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    Weapon - Spear
    The Man, Galdar
    Cylindrical fibre basket
  • Alex and Paddy Stitt collection(14)

    Life. Be in it. February 1987
    Walkies! in Victoria
    Life. Be in it poster: Every little bit helps!

    The Alex and Stitt collection comprises a number of objects relating to the Life. Be In It public health campaign of the late 1970s and 1980s. In the collection are one T-shirt bearing the Life. Be In It logo, worn by Alex Stitt, the animator of the original Life. Be In It campaign, T-shirt bearing the Life. Be In It logo, produced in association with World Cricket series, three original Norm comic strips, drawn by Alex Stitt, seven Life. Be In It posters promoting exercise and a healthy life, one Life. Be In It book describing games to play, one Life. Be In It book titled 'Walkies' detailing walks in Victoria where pets can be taken.

    The Life. Be In It public health campaign was initiated by the Victorian state government in 1975 and then taken up by the Federal government in 1978 and introduced throughout Australia. Life. Be In It aimed to educate the Australian public about exercise in a fun and non-threatening manner, making it part of everyday routine. The campaign was developed by the advertising group Monahan Dayman Adams and promoted through community announcements on television, cartoons in newspapers and also through community groups. Life. Be In It achieved a 94% recognition rate in 1984 and represents and important collaboration between government an advertising in creating awareness about the importance of public health.

  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Legal document handwritten on blue paper, addressed to William Pitt Faithfull
    Pencil sketch of a rural English scene; a cottage in the background and to the right a figure walking along a lane
    Riding habit

    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.

  • Timothy Millett collection(314)

    Convict love token from J.F., 1828
    Convict love token from A.B.
    Convict love token from Henry Teague, 1845
    Convict love token from T. Niundy, 1839

    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.

  • Guiseppe Picone collection(28)

    Handmade wood drill consisting of spindle and revolving wing held in position along the dowel handle by a length of cord
    Carpenter's folding rule
    Metal 'hurricane' kerosene lamp with glass chimney, cotton wick and wire handle
    Wooden mallet