60 Objects

Join in the celebration by discovering 60 objects of interest from our Collection of 35,000 artefacts.

As part of the celebration of the National Trust’s 60th Anniversary we have chosen 60 objects from our collection.

With over 35,000 objects to choose from, that including costume, furnishings, artworks, tools, plants and even animals, the decision was difficult.

These objects represent the way the Trust’s Collection connects people and places through stories. We hope you find these objects intriguing.  They reveal the diverse nature of the Trust and its important work as a custodian of our history.

 

To Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors – the following webpage(s) contain images of deceased persons.

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Clockmaker’s Lathe

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Portrait of “Eliza” by Georgiana Huntly McCrae

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Map Home Property as Surveyed by George Gordon McCrae (1833–1927)

The McCrae family lived on the Mornington Peninsula for 7 years. Andrew McCrae attempted to eke out a living on their 20,500 acre run.  His attempt was
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Deed of Settlement

This Deed for £900 is dated 23 July 1880 and was drawn up by the Crown Solicitor’s Office …for the benefit of the children of Sergeant Kennedy
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Acquisition Diaries

‘Black Opera Cloak, Muff and Collar, 2 Baby’s (sic) Dresses, Lace Nightcap, Caramel Silk Dress …’ With this generous donation, from
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Home Movies – Mooramong

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Emu Egg from the Drawing Room at Gulf Station

“I just remember old Mrs Bell, with a little bonnet always on her head, like a mop-cap thing with a frill around and her glasses with round rims. She
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Painting Artist Ian Fairweather (1891 – 1974) Title: Children with Buffalo

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Hepburn Graves, Smeaton House, Smeaton

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Windows – Abercrombie House

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Mouse trap Gulf Station

An unusual object, this mouse trap was a necessity on a farm like Gulf Station. The mouse enters the trap through the arched entrance; a moving floor closes a
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Waggonette

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Pair of Shirts worn at Labassa in the 1970s

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Silent Movie Stills featuring Claire Adams

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Horse-Drawn Hearse

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Hairwork Wreath made by Henrietta de Grandi, 12 years old

Made from human hair, this wreath of artificial flowers was donated by Marie Isobel Buesst, who with her husband Tristan were well-known collectors of
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Portrait – In Memoriam Ethel Armytage

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Measuring Scales for Medicinal Ingredients at Dow’s Pharmacy

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Pill Maker at Dow’s Pharmacy

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Ladies’ Worktable Book owned by Georgiana McCrae

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Hand-painted Fan

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C. J. La Trobe’s Apothecary Box

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Lalique Glassware

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Clara or Charlotte Sargood’s Archery Set

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Dollond Telescope

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Watercolour by Georgiana McCrae – The Garden at Arthur’s Seat

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Typewriter used by Joan Lindsay

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Curtain and Pelmet Set 1925 c. Maker: Fortuny (1919 – now)

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Revolver

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Ouija Board Used by Henry Handel Richardson

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George Andrews’ Diary The Polly Woodside

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Fabienne Archive A Collection of Design Illustrations & Embroidery Samples

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Thornton Pickard Westminster Quarter Plate Camera Belonging to John William Twycross (1871–1936)

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Bird Orchid Endeavour Fern Gully

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Watercolour by George Gordon McCrae

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Posy Holder Polly Woodside

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Wax Sculpture “New Hollander & Kangaroo”

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The Caroline Armytage, nee Tuckwell, Cookbook. 1845 ca.

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Federal Standard Printing Press

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Wallpaper Fragment – Kinkarakawagami

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Watercolours by Caroline Pounds, 1845 ca.

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Porcelain Chandelier made by Minton

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Drawing Room Fireplace Surround, Hand-carved, 1890 ca.

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Hand Vice

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Bow Drill

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Arthur Merric & Theodore Penleigh Boyd Watercolours of Como

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Spectacles worn during Black Thursday February 6 1851

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Watercolours by Robert Hoddle (1794 – 1881)

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Medals Awarded to Bertram Armytage

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Ned Kelly’s death mask

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Oil Painting ‘The Girl in Red Tights’ Constance Stokes (1906 – 1991)

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Large Black Pig Nehill Brother’s Farm

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Alice Creswick’s Day Dress

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Soft Fruit Tree Fern Endeavour Fern Gully

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Fancy Dress ‘An Athenian Lady’ worn by Elizabeth Austin

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Pair of Fancy Dress Costumes, 1900 ca.

  Louis Australia Whyte and his son Louis Melville Whyte had much in common – both were avid sportsmen. Louis senior was a champion golfer and
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National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Classification Files

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Watercolour Ballet Russes Study of a Female Dancer by Daryl Lindsay

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The Pulpit, Cape Schanck, by C J La Trobe

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Hand Embroidered Hearth Rug made by Elizabeth Austin

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