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  • Margot Child collection(1215)

    God's Blessing on the Day
    Wedding certificate
    Wedding certificate
    Description of wedding
  • J Davidson collection no. 3(319)

    Bark painting 'Napililingu',  Narritjin,1968
    Spirit People by Yirawala, Croker Island, 1965
    Bark painting depicting Macassans boiling down trepang by Mathaman Marika, Yirrkala, 1964
    Bark painting 'The butterflies who sustain the 'shades' with nectar' by Binyinyuwuy, Milingimbi, 1967
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Invitation printed on cream card; addressed to Dr R. L. [Faithfull] and Miss Faithfull from Mrs Fairfax
    Handwritten recipe
    Medicine chest and contents

    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.

  • Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud collection(85)


    The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection is an extensive collection of trophies, ribbons, medals, badges, prize certificates, showing equipment and stud cattle photographs. The items are associated with a beef shorthorn stud established by the Davis family of the Corowa district in the early 1950s, and are in good condition.

    These objects record a recent expression of a long tradition of showing stud livestock at agricultural shows in Australia and Britain. Stud competitions at annual shows in Australian cities and regional centres enabled the gradual improvement of sheep and cattle herds. Shorthorn cattle proved adaptable and hardy in Australia, and became one of the dominant breeds. The Woodleigh Shorthorn Stud Collection helps to record the successful establishment of the shorthorn breed in Australia and the role of agricultural shows in enabling the improvement of cattle breeds. The collection also reflects the dramatic changes experienced by the rural sector in the second half of the twentieth century as tightening economic conditions forced many rural families, including the Davis family, to sell their properties.

  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7551)

    Boondara, showing horse teams pulling wagons loaded with wool bales
    Australia Welcomes The American Fleet
    Beauchamp's Cliffs, Bundanoon, NSW
    The Ingathering. Taken around 1895 at Four Lone Ends Farm, Whitby
  • American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) collection(218)

    The Women, Miwal and Wanu-wanu
    Work on paper depicting a bird, Oenpelli, 1948
    Painting depicts a large sawfish surrounded by two turtles and three stingrays
    Bark painting divided into square and rectangular panels and depicting a rectangular figure with two triangular prongs on the top
  • David Ritchie collection(1)

    Section of green metal security fence post, which became a projectile during the bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on 9 September 2004

    The David Ritchie collection - Jakarta Embassy Bombing projectile contains material relating to the Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta. The collection consists of a single green metal fence post which shattered the fourth floor office window of the Australian Ambasador to Indonesia.

    On 9 September 2004, a terrorist car bomb detonated outside the gates to the Australian Embassy in Jakarta killing 10 people and wounding over 140 others. David Ritchie was seated at his desk when the bomb exploded and the projectile was propelled into his office window. Following in the wake of repeated terrorist related bombings in Indonesia, most notably the 2002 Bali bombings, the Australian Embassy bombing material not only demonstrates the threat of terrorism to contemporary Australian society, but also reflects the differing relationships Australia and Indonesia have shared from the volatile years preceding the Vietnam War through to the joint grief and mourning of the present.

  • Adrian Luck collection no. 1(56)

    Australian Engineers, Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Greeting card 'France, Christmas 1916'
    Australian Engineers, On Active Service 1917, Christmas and New Year Greeting Card
    Fez Djedid - Rue du Marche (Souk)
    Malta-Maltese Cab (Carrozin)