John Duggan in Bunjilaka's Milarri Garden.
Source: Museum Victoria
Assistant Collection Manager, Australian Ethnographic Collection
John Duggan is an assistant collection manager with a deep interest in Australian Aboriginal artefacts, traditional hunting and gathering techniques and technology.
John commenced working at Museum Victoria in the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where he conducted tours of the Aboriginal exhibitions, delivered Indigenous cultural workshops and presented community-sourced exhibitions.
John’s work in the Humanities Department now supports access to the physical collections, for conservation and photography, research projects (such as the major Spencer & Gillen project), publications, exhibitions and loans. John also facilitates access to collections for community visitors who wish to view their cultural objects. As the Indigenous Collection is stored in multiple locations, safely moving objects, tracking and updating the catalogue, registration and documentation, rehousing and barcoding objects are routine and essential tasks.
John has also spent time in New South Wales where his family originate, on Kamilaroi Country, working with the Country, Culture and Heritage Department on repatriation of Ancestral Remains, conducting site surveys and cataloguing regional archaeological surface collections.
John considers himself very fortunate to be in this position and considers caring for the Indigenous Collection both an honour and a privilege. He often draws strength from the collection and is inspired by the great craftsmanship employed to produce these objects from traditional times. This, combined with his ongoing studies in Australian archaeology have led John to pursue making knapped stone tools for exhibition, publication, developing teaching reference kits for universities and for teaching the traditional cultural practice of stone tool manufacture through workshops which he has delivered in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.
Last updated 27 February 2014