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  • Timothy Millett collection(313)

    Convict love token from George Paine, 1830
    Convict love token from Charles Vale, 1832
    Convict love token from J.F., 1828
    Convict love token from James Kelly, 1818

    The Timothy Millett collection comprises 307 convict love tokens dating from 1762 to 1856, and seven contemporary documents relating to the criminal justice system including: recommendations to commute the death sentences of Hester Sampson and Thomas Hayes to life transportation; a calendar of prisoners awaiting trial in the goals of Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland; a request to the Middlesex assizes for rewards to be paid; a printed copy of George Skene's last speech prior to execution; a printed broadside listing prisoners in Dorchester jail awaiting transportation; and a 60 page handwritten account of the life of Thomas Jones, who was transported twice and finally hanged at Winchester Prison in 1856.

    Convict love tokens, typically made from smoothed-down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, derive from traditional sailors' farewells. The production of these 'leaden hearts' rose as criminal indictments increased in Britain, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As mementos made by or for convicts facing transportation (or death) to leave behind for their loved ones, the tokens provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system.

  • Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2(4603)

    Child's drawing
    Child's drawing by Lester Moran, Cabbage Tree Island Primary School NSW
    Child's drawing
    Bark painting by Bardayal Nadjamerrek depicting wolerrh, female euro (Macropus robustus) killed by Nakidkkidj, a malevolent spirit, circa 1970
  • Department of Defence collection(118)

    Gardiner Two Day Marine Chronometer No 5/3947 in wooden case
    Callier Marine Chronometer No 803 in a wooden case
    Kullberg Marine Chronometer No 3834 in a wooden case, used in HMAS Yarra
    John Poole Marine Chronometer No 2659, with accessories in a wooden case
  • Springfield - Faithfull Family collection(3506)

    Camelot, home of Lilian Faithfull-Anderson.
    A Tribute to Lord Kitchener
    The Tourist.

    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.

  • Balarinji Art collection no. 2(409)

    Gold and green dots on a colourful background
    Three gold plants
    Spirit women

    The collection comprises 409 individual art works, predominantly gouache on paper, created by the Balarinji design studio. The works were created by John and Ros Moriarty and various artists, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who were part of the Balarinji team. This collection augments the collection purchased by the Museum in 2009, which contains the primary source material for many of Balarinji?s influential designs. This collection is also related to the Balarinji Business and Design Archive which was gifted to the Museum in 2009.

    Balarinji is the design label for the Jumbana Pty Ltd, a company co-owned by John Moriarty (Chairman) and Ros Moriarty, the first Indigenous-owned company to present the work of Aboriginal designers using their own iconocgraphy in culturally appropriate applications. Items in this collection reveal varied and particular designs that derive from many different and identifiable cultural areas across Australia. From its inception in 1983, Balarinji developed into a highly successful Australian design label sought after by Australian and international companies in commerce and the arts, executing commissions in both the public and private sectors. John Moriarty and Ros Moriarty were both recognised in 2014 for their contribution to Australian design by the Design Institute of Australia and inducted into the Hall of Fame.

  • Dr Herbert Basedow collection(1114)

    Weapon - Boomerang
    Weapon - Boomerang
    Weapon - Club - wooden
    Glass plate negative - Flock of sheep, Kimberley Downs station, Western Australia, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1916
  • J Wyszogrodzki collection no. 1(25)

    Programme notes for a concert given by New Australians of the Greta Migrant Camp September 8, 1949
    Sheet of paper with a speech by the Captain of the M.V. 'Fair Sea' written in pencil on one side
    Invitation from the NSW Polish Association to the 40th Anniversary of Polish settlement, 26 August 1989, and a newspaper clipping
    A3 size sheet of paper with songs typed on both sides
  • Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1(7624)

    Coogee Bay Sydney NSW
    QSL card for VK2XM, Australia
    Postcard featuring photograph of Bridge Street Sydney