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Emu Egg from the Drawing Room at Gulf Station

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“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 was always in the big sitting room… and you’d go through and she’d talk to you…” Miss Daisy Tanes The mounted emu
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Acquisition Diaries

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‘Black Opera Cloak, Muff and Collar, 2 Baby’s (sic) Dresses, Lace Nightcap, Caramel Silk Dress …’ With this generous donation, from Matron E.M. Sage in 1961, the National Trust began acquiring moveable cultural heritage. The collection now contains over 35 000 objects, many of which are displayed at the Trust’s
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Deed of Settlement

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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 and Constable Lonigan murdered by the Kelly Gang for investment by the Kelly Gang for investment by trustees to be appointed by the Government
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Ladies’ Worktable Book owned by Georgiana McCrae

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Although published in 1850, it is unknown whether Georgiana McCrae was still living at Arthur’s Seat when she acquired this book. Despite the family’s contentment at Arthur’s Seat, the shadow of dispossession was ever present.  The land’s mountainous terrain made cattle grazing difficult.  It was better suited to sheep grazing,
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Pair of Shirts worn at Labassa in the 1970s

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Labassa is an exuberantly ornamented boom-style mansion in the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield. Built for the wealthy and privileged in the nineteenth century, its twentieth century history tells a different story. After Labassa was sold in the late 1900s, the mansion was converted into a tenement house and for the
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Fancy Dress ‘An Athenian Lady’ worn by Elizabeth Austin

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Mrs. Austin attended the ball as an Athenian Lady and her husband Thomas went as a Freemason. They mixed with a huge crowd gathered to see Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. According to newspaper reports the caterers provided for 8000 guests. The
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Porcelain Chandelier made by Minton

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This turquoise, white, and gilt elaborate porcelain chandelier is surmounted with eight branches and exuberantly ornamented with floral decoration, which is probably hand-painted. It is made of 27 individual pieces. The light fitting was made for candles and was never retro-fitted for gas or electricity. Manufactured between 1831 and 1842
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