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  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Queen's Gardens, Perth
    Old Convict Settlement, Gosford
    Sydney Harbour from Botanical Gardens
    Wallaringa Mansions, Neutral Bay, Sydney, NSW
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Tissue paper
    Men, women and children standing with the foremost row of children sitting on a bench. Empire Day Picnic and Sports in aid of Belgian fund 1915
    Album containing 80 photographs of the gardens at Camelot, and AIF soldiers in Fremantle and at Gallipoli
    Handwritten recipe for ham sandwich

    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.

  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Painting depicting a crocodile, by David Milaybuma
    Dhuwa Ngarra Ceremony
    Bark painting depicts three black fish
    Bark painting 'Flying Fox' by George Milpurrurru, Milingimbi, 1966
  • Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2(85)

    Painting has a central image of a cross surrounded by a square infilled with linear patterning
    The painting consisting of three horizontal sections with the central section having a small circle
    Painting is divided into numerous squares
    Bark painting depicts a hunter in white, with short limbs, holding a raised spear and shield
  • Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1(203)

    Goanna sculpture
    Goanna sculpture
    Cat sculpture
    Cat sculpture
  • Maningrida Arts and Crafts 26/11/1973 collection(25)

    Painting depicts a spirit in a round waterhole, humans and log coffin (or a fishtrap)
    Painting depicts a narrow figure flaring at both ends, with sacred objects.
    Painting depicts a man with a bag around his neck & a stone containing 2 crabs on his head
    Bark painting depicts 3 fish, 2 large, side by side, 1 smaller between their heads
  • Typus Orbis Descriptione Ptolemaei Map collection(1)

    Typus orbis descriptione Ptolemaei

    The 'Typus Orbis Descriptione Ptolemaei' Map collection consists of one hand-coloured woodcut map of the world as known in the time of Ptolemy (150 AD) and produced in Vienna in 1541 by Gaspar Treschel. The map is in good condition.

    Until HMB 'Endeavour' returned to Britain from her voyage to the South Seas in 1771, the Pacific Ocean was much speculated upon, but little known. Theories about the region dating from the Classical era had been given their most authoritative form in the maps of Claudius Ptolemy, and the renewed popularity of his world map in the 1400s restored hopes that a Great South Land might exist. 'Typus Orbis Descriptione Ptolemaei' records the limits of knowledge about world geography as the first European voyages of discovery set out in the 15th century. The charts from these voyages were incorporated into Ptolemy's world map, combining new discoveries with ancient myths. It would not be until 1775 that Cook's second voyage finally proved the myth of the Great South Land false.

  • Political Cartooning 2006 collection - Pat Campbell(1)

    Scientific whaling

    The Political Cartooning 2006 collection consists of 128 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum of Australia's 2005 2007 Political cartooning targeted collecting project and the Behind the Lines 2006 political cartooning exhibition. There are 48 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, John Spooner, Mark Knight, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Cathy Wilcox and Ward O'Neill.

    The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics and society in 2006. Major topics addressed within the collection include issues such as the Cronulla race riots; Work Choices policy; the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) scandal; Australia's military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands; the continuing threat of global terrorist attacks; the economy; and global warming. Taken together the collection provides a diverse visual archive of Australian political events in 2006 and demonstrates the quality of Australian political cartooning and illustration.