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From our collection
Household-related objects from our extensive online collection.


Springfield collection
From online features
The life and times of one family and their merino sheep farm at Springfield.

The Home Front

The Home Front
From exhibitions
Personal stories of life in Australia during the First World War.


Collection highlights

Presented for defending an attack by bushrangers Ben Hall, John Gilbert and John O'Meally in 1863.
A rare 1890s quilt from Melbourne featuring 650 names, initials and motifs.
Domestic and decorative ceramic wares from Australia's oldest working pottery.
Made in London and brought to Australia by the wealthy Blaxland family in the early 1800s.
This horsedrawn cart was used by Lincoln Park Dairy from the 1940s to 1987.
A Featherston design linked with Australia's contribution to the 1967 Montreal world exhibition.
Made by teenager Nettie McColive while growing up on an isolated SA dairy farm in the 1930s.
A 1790s Pembroke work table made in England with a veneer of Australian timber.
Linked to a dramatic story of a dog saving a man during a flash flood in a Melbourne street in the 1880s.
One of a fleet of horsedrawn vehicles used by the Newcastle & Suburban Co-operative Society from the 1940s.
Harold Wright's remarkable home and workshop for 30 years.
Made in about 1890 and used by the Faithfull family of Springfield station.
More than 150 pieces of kangaroo-inspired Australiana.
Hand-crafted by one of the first German families to arrive in Australia.