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British red woollen military jacket


British red woollen military jacket

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Physical description

Red wool military jacket with silver-coloured metal braid on cuffs and collar. Front placket opening with cream trim, fastened with eight grey metal buttons bearing a horn, crown and "VR". Epaulettes of padded double metal cord with small metal a small button bearing the same motif. There is a short stand collar with two padded embroidered metal crowns, with black silk lining and single hook-eye fastening. The jacket is partially lined, with quilted padding on front and back of torso sides and an inset pocket in the lining of left breast. There is a large silver metal belt hook on the left waist. The fabric is unhemmed at bottom. "FIRMIN & SONS LONDON & DUBLIN" engraved on the back of the buttons.

Statement of significance

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.

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