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Birthday party for Florence [Bobbie] Faithfull and Mary Bryden 1904


Birthday party for Florence [Bobbie] Faithfull and Mary Bryden 1904

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Physical description

Black and white photograph mounted on light green board. Depicts a large group of adults and children in a garden setting. Ethel and Lucian Faithfull stand in the centre; Hazel Faithfull is seated second from left in the front row; Edward (Ted) Carruthers is fourth from left in the front row; The small girl with a wreath of flowers on her head is Florence Ethel (Bobbie) Faithfull; the older girl with a similar wreath is Mary Bryden. Handwritten on front of mount "E. MASON / -Photo"; "Clifford St., / Goulburn". Handwritten on back "A. L. Faithfull and wife Ethel in centre and H. H. Brigham on Mrs Faithfull's right"; "Birthday party for Florence [Bobbie] Faithfull + Mary Bryden / 1904 / A. L. Faithfull + wife Ethel in centre + H. H. Brigham [?] on Mrs Faithfull's right".

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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