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  • Bill Reid - John Cawte collection(47)

    Emu egg carved with image of a dingo and possum by Bill Reid
    Carved emu egg by Bill Reid
    Emu egg carved with images of a possum and two kangaroos by Bill Reid
    Emu egg carved with image of a horse by Bill Reid

    The Bill Reid - John Cawte Collection comprises a series of emu eggs carved by William 'Bill' Reid (1917 -1993), a renowned Gamilaraay artist from northern-central NSW. The collection contains sixteen emu eggs - fourteen carved, one partly carved and one uncarved. They feature representations of Truganinni, Mum Shirl, the Ella brothers, Bill Reid, Albert Namatjiria and Tony Mundine, Alva Reid - Bill Reid's daughter, as well as John Cawte and Betty Watts (John Cawte's wife).
    The collection also includes Reid's innovative system for internally illuminating each carved egg, consisting of a light stand on a circular cork board with a plastic batten holder and cord, sixteen plastic batten holders, sixteen switch cases, sixteen "push button or bell press" mechanisms, a tungsten 15 watt clear light bulb, seventeen plastic "Café HAG" coffee jar lids.

    The collection is significant as constituting a rare series of representations of prominent Indigenous people and other figures undertaken by a renowned Aboriginal artist. As a set of carved emu eggs it is also an important contribution to the National Museum's collection of 20th century Indigenous craft objects. The collection compliments an existing NHC collection of six carved eggs depicting prominent Indigenous figures also carved by Reid.

  • Professor WEH Stanner collection no. 1(79)

    String bag
    Head ornament made with macropod teeth
    Head ornament
    Conical fibre string basket
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7553)

    Two men seated at a piano, advertising the Tivoli Theatre.
    The Macleay River and Bridge, Kempsey
    Ristorante 'Alfredo'
    Tralbragar Street, Dubbo, N.S.W., 1906
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3501)

    Florence Faithfull
    School report
    Clare Wilkinson
    Note describing catching a fish

    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.

  • David Westcott collection no. 6(22)

    Certificate for First Prize awarded to A M Gordon for cut and finish Ladys Costume

    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.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(561)

    Glazed ceramic bowl with a narrow base
    'Yawalurra', painted by Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa, 1975
    The Two Women Dreaming by Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi 1974-75
    Painting depicts kalkberd, the euro (Macropus robustus)
  • Hobart Peace Centre collection(15)

    Colour photograph of Rodney Baker and Kit Hokanson in front of Tasmania's Peace Bus
    Colour photograph of the launch of the Peace Bus, Hobart, October 1984

    Christians for Peace newsletter, October, 1986

    Leaflet titled Hiroshima Day

  • World War Board Game collection no. 1(2)

    'Trencho' board game.
    Commonwealth Navy

    The World War Board Games collection no.1 consists of two games, 'Trencho' and 'Commonwealth Navy', both produced during World War One (1914-1918).

    'Trencho' is a board game produced by an English company for an Australian market. Trench warfare featured heavily in the Australian soldier experience and this game reveals an attempt to link those at home to those in service. 'Commonwealth Navy' is an Australian made game by the Melbourne based National Board Games company. It is an excellent example of nationalistic propaganda surrounding the formation of Australia's own naval fleet. It also reveals the story of a successful Australian board game company.