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Album containing 52 carte de visite portrait photographs of members of the Faithfull family


Album containing 52 carte de visite portrait photographs of members of the Faithfull family

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Physical description

Small brown leather covered album with metal clasp [broken]. Embossed fleur-de-lys decoration on cover; gold edging to pages and embossed edges to inside of cover. Contains 52 'carte de visite' photographs. These depict Lilian's parents William Pitt Faithfull and Mary Faithfull (nee Deane); her aunt, Ann Deane; her sister, Florence; her brothers, Percy, George, Monty, Reginald and Lucian. Handwritten on first page inside cover "Lilian Faithfull".

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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