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Muslim Collections at Museum Victoria
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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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Large embroidered silk banner, bought by Sapper Alfred Galbraith as a souvenir of his time in Egypt. It was obviously created for visitors from a number of nations as it features flags ...Images: 4
National Doll produced to represent a Turkish woman, it was purchased for Monica Gates by her mother in 1978. Turkey is a diverse blend of many different cultures, including the Oguz, T ...Images: 3
National doll produced to represent a Malaysian woman. It was purchased for Monica Gates in 1977 while the family was on holiday. They travelled across the causeway from Singapore to Ma ...Images: 1
National doll produced to represent a Pakistani woman. It was purchased for Monica Gates by her mother on a trip she took in the early 1970s. It was purchased at the Rawalpindi bazaar, ...Images: 1
National doll produced to represent a Pakistani woman. It was given to Monica Gates circa 1970s-1980s. The most well known form of traditional dress in Pakistan is the Shalwar Kameez wh ...Images: 1
National Doll produced to represent an Iranian woman. It was sent to Monica Gates by her Majesty, Farah Pahlavi, Empress of Iran in 1964. The letter which accompanies the doll states th ...Images: 1
National Doll produced to represent an Iranian man. It was brought for Monica Gates by her mother in Isfahan in 1978. The doll is dressed as a Persian warlord with his battle axe in han ...Images: 1
National Doll produced to represent an Iranian woman. It was brought for Monica Gates by her mother in 1978. The doll is intended to represent an woman weaving. Carpet weaving has long ...Images: 2
National doll produced to represent a Pakistani woman. It was sent to Monica Gates by Begum D. A. Hidayatullah, General Secretary, All Pakistan Women's Association, in 1961. In the acco ...Images: 1
National doll produced to represent an Afghan woman wearing a headcovering which is either a yashmak or chadri. It was given to Monica Gates by her mother who purchased it at the Kabul ...Images: 1