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Muslim Collections at Museum Victoria
Image: Loading Wool Bales on a Camel
Source: Museum Victoria
Muslim-related material has been collected by Museum Victoria from the late 19th century, albeit in very small numbers. Amongst the earliest acquisitions were two 'Mohammedan' clay figures from India that were exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880. Later, numismatics acquisitions considerably increased the Muslim-related collections.
Following the formal establishment of the Social History Department in 1986, an Immigration and Cultural Diversity Collection was established in 1990. The collection aimed to document the diverse ethnicities, nationalities and races of the Victorian population and their impact on Victoria's history and development. It particularly focused on the immigration and settlement experience of Victorians. It did not identify Islam as a specific focus for collection development.
In 2004 the Immigration and Cultural Diversity Collection became the Migration Collection and the Cultural Diversity Cross-collection. At that time, short-comings in collection holdings relating to religion were identified. Further research was required to identify which objects, images and documents might record the Muslim experience and culture. In 2009, a study project identified 152 images and a small number of objects such as documents, weapons and textiles were identified, as well as 1074 numismatics objects, mostly currency from Muslim countries. Many required further research to improve documentation; further work is required to identify additional material in the History & Technology and Indigenous Cultures collections.References:
Pamela Koehne-Drube, 2009. 'Museum Victoria: Muslim Collection'. Student Project, Public History, Monash University
Deborah Tout-Smith, 2005. 'Cultural Diversity Collection Plan', History & Technology Department, Museum Victoria.
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Four men and a camel and cart outside the Eucla telegraph station, Western Australia. This building is now covered by sand dunes. The image dates to 1903. The camels and their cameleer ...Images: 1
A group of people in front of a small, plain house in the Coolgardie District of Western Australia. On the left a man and a toddler sit on a kneeling camel, a man sits on a deck chair i ...From: Coolgardie, Australia Images: 1
The premises of Kimber & Company, timber merchants and F.E. Randall, forage & produce merchants and forwarding agents. There are three men and a camel in front of the building as well a ...Images: 1
Camels carting wool to Mildura. The camel in the foreground is kneeling while his load is being adjusted. The bales of wool are being balanced on a crate while this is done. The image ...From: Euston, Australia Images: 1
A man mounted on a camel in Western Australia. The man on the camel is Albert Jeffery and was a telegraphist in the post office. The image dates to circa 1895. The camels and their ca ...Images: 1
Peter Stone with resting camels in the Cul Culli district of Western Australia. The camel in the foreground is wearing a hat. The image dates to circa 1926. The camels and their camel ...Images: 1
Rotting camel saddles in a lake bed in the area around Underbool and Pink Lakes, Victoria. The image dates to circa 1923. The camels and their cameleers helped carry supplies inland f ...Images: 1
A camel down on all fours, carrying an empty pack saddle in Alice Springs, Central Australia. There is an oil drum beside the camel. The image was created by Chrystal in circa 1937. ...From: Alice Springs, Australia Images: 2
Two camel teams loading wood in Ooldea, South Australia. Dated to circa 1919. Ooldea was the source of wood for all stations across the Nullarbor plane. An inscription on the bottom r ...From: Ooldea Hill, Australia Images: 1
A wild Bull camel on Momba Station in the White Cliffs District of New South Wales. Dated to circa 1935. With the rise of the motor vehicle camels and their cameleers were soon made r ...From: White Cliffs, Australia Images: 1