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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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Lantern slide depicting the Imperial Camel Corps at rest on the sandhills at Rafa, in Palestine. The Brigade was five-eights Australian.Images: 2
One of 49 photographs in an album from World War I likely to have been taken by Troop (later Lieutenant) G.S. Millar depicting the Light Horse camp in Egypt, 1915, prior to Gallipoli. ...Images: 2
Postcard featuring black and white image of man wearing turban, seated on camel, made circa 1900 - 1920.Images: 2
A large camel team in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, yoked three abreast, pulling a wagon. Dated to circa 1910. The camels and their cameleers helped carry supplies inland for the mini ...From: Kalgoorlie, Australia Images: 1
A man in front of a camel train on Corunna Station The camels are yoked in pairs and are pulling a wagon. The image was captured by T. Davidson in 1928. The camels and their cameleers ...From: Iron Knob, Australia Images: 1
A camel carrying a pack at "Nonning" sheep station, South Australia. There are water tanks in the background. Dated to circa 1938. The camels and their cameleers helped carry supplies ...From: Mount Nonning, Australia Images: 1
A camel carrying salt from Salt Lakes to Underbool Station in Victoria, circa 1930. The camels and their cameleers helped carry supplies inland for the mining and sheep industries, aid ...From: Underbool, Australia Images: 1
The camel team used by Jack Minogue, the water boring contractor on Sir Sidney Kidman's properties. This image is located somewhere between Tibooburra and Innamincka and dates to circa ...Images: 1
A camel team with a young camel in the foreground from the Coober Pedy District of South Australia. Dated to circa 1935. The camels and their cameleers helped carry supplies inland f ...From: Coober Pedy, Australia Images: 1
A camel train resting in Wentworth, New South Wales. The image was created by R. W. Martin in circa 1905. An inscription at the bottom reads 'Camel train at Wentworth wharf.' The cam ...Images: 1