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Florence Ethel Faithfull as a child


Florence Ethel Faithfull as a child

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Physical description

A black and white photograph on a cream and a brown mount and set in a wooden frame. It depicts Florence Florence Ethel Faithfull [later Bobbie Maple-Brown] as a child dressed in a long light coloured dress, fingerless gloves and wearing a large hat trimmed with flowers. She holds a shepherd's crook decorated with flowers and ribbon. Printed on the lower right hand corner of the mount, "Rozelle / AUBURN ST / GOULBURN". Written on the Rozelle label on the reverse of the frame in Peter Taylor's handwriting, "Bobbie Maple-Brown / aged 4 (1903?) during fundraising gala for spire on Goulburn Cathedral". The brown wooden frame has a bevilled edge with two rings for picture wire set in the back. The image is held in place with nails.

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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