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Collection highlights

Collection highlights

Collection highlights developed by the People and Environment program at the National Museum of Australia.

 

Quail's saddlery tools
Quail's saddlery tools
Equipment and shop fittings from William Quail’s Cooma saddlery. On show in Spirited.
Quail's saddlery collection
Quail's saddlery collection
Furniture, tools and leatherwork from a saddlery run by three generations of the Quail family in Cooma.
wcastle bakery cart
Newcastle bakery cart
One of a fleet of horsedrawn vehicles used by the Newcastle & Suburban Co-operative Society from the 1940s.
Detail of an embroidered rooster sewn into a square of a quilt
Farm Life quilt
Horses and other animals on a 1930s South Australian farm, drawn with a needle and thread on a school-girls’ quilt.
Portrait of Jorrocks
Portrait of Jorrocks
An amateur portrait of Australia's first celebrity racehorse from the 1840s.
Part of the 1866 Melbourne Cup.
1866 Melbourne Cup
The earliest known Melbourne Cup in its original state.
Emilie Roach and Dungog
Emilie Roach equestrian collection
Prized possessions belonging to a champion horsewoman and show-ring jumper.
A light grey FJ Holden car from the 1950s
Molly Goodall FJ Holden
One woman's first car, garaged under a horse blanket after a lifetime of horsedrawn travel.
Junius Cup
Junius Cup
The oldest surviving Australian racing trophy.
Lincoln Park Dairy horsedrawn cart
Essendon milk cart
A horsedrawn cart used by Lincoln Park Dairy to deliver milk in Melbourne from the 1940s to 1987.
Detail of two people looking at Phar Lap's heart on display at the National Museum
Phar Lap collection
The legendary racehorse’s unusually large heart.
George Hamilton horse welfare collection
George Hamilton horse welfare collection
A beautifully illustrated mid-19th century publications argue for better conditions for horses.
Mary Wilsallen’s sulky
Mary Wilsallen's sulky
A pony-sized brass Sydney sulky from about 1940, belonging to champion horsewoman and breeder Mary Willsallen.
Sunshine harvester
Sunshine Harvester
A horse-drawn harvester, made at Sunshine, Victoria in 1911.
David Allen agricultural medals
Agricultural medals
A collection with winners including hog-skin saddle makers and a mare named 'Mincemeat'.
Sydney Royal Easter Show medallion Won by show-ring jumping team Emilie Roach and ‘Dungog’. Photo: Sam Birch.
Sydney Royal Easter Show medallion
Won by show-ring jumping team Emilie Roach and ‘Dungog’.
An 18ct gold, three-handled cup style trophy
Peter Pan's Melbourne Cup
Won by Peter Pan, one of the few racehorses to have earned the Melbourne Cup twice.
Detail of wooden coach from the 1880s
Nowland's mail coach
A thoroughbrace mail coach that carried passengers across the Liverpool Plains in New South Wales until the 1920s.
Horsedrawn coach
Ranken Family coach
One of the oldest horse-drawn vehicles in Australia.
Two ornate horse racing trophies
1867 Melbourne Cup
Two trophies, won by one horse in a single year.
The Australian Sketchbook
The Australian Sketchbook
Popular sketches of life in the 1860s by artist Samuel Thomas Gill.
Australian Light Horse uniform
Australian Light Horse uniform
Owned by a farrier who served with the 9th Light Horse Regiment in Egypt and Palestine.
Saw doctor's wagon
Saw Doctor's wagon
Explore the role of horses in Australia, focusing on our nation's equine and equestrian history.