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Muslim Collections at Museum Victoria

Loading Wool Bales on a Camel

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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  • Banner - Embroidered Silk, Egypt, Sapper Alfred Galbraith, 1916 Object

    Banner - Embroidered Silk, Egypt, Sapper Alfred Galbraith, 1916

    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 - Afghan, circa 1978 Object

    National Doll - Afghan, circa 1978

    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
  • National Doll - Afghan, circa 1978 Object

    National Doll - Afghan, circa 1978

    National doll seated as if in prayer, which was produced to represent an Afghan man. It was given to Monica Gates by her mother who purchased it at the Kabul bazaar on an overland campi ...

    Images: 3
  • National Doll - Bahraini, circa 1981 Object

    National Doll - Bahraini, circa 1981

    National doll produced to represent Bahraini man. It was collected by Monica Gates in 1981 on her way to Europe. Bahrain is a small archipelago of thirty-three islands in the Persian Gu ...

    Images: 1
  • National Doll - Turkish, circa 1978 Object

    National Doll - Turkish, circa 1978

    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 - Malaysian, Malay, Food Hawker, 1977 Object

    National Doll - Malaysian, Malay, Food Hawker, 1977

    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 - Pakistani, 1970s Object

    National Doll - Pakistani, 1970s

    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 - Pakistani, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Pakistani, circa 1970s-1980s

    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 - Iran, Bakhtiari, 1964 Object

    National Doll - Iran, Bakhtiari, 1964

    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 - Iranian, Warlord, 1978 Object

    National Doll - Iranian, Warlord, 1978

    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
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