Arms Collection

Machine Gun - Nordenfelt

Image: Machine Gun - Nordenfelt

Source: Museum Victoria

The Arms collection is one of the museum's oldest and most extensive collections. Comprising over 3600 items, it is the most important of its type in Australia, with sub-collections of international significance.

The collection can be interpreted from a number of perspectives: the technical development of firearms and munitions, military history, social and political history, and the aesthetics of decoration and craftsmanship.

It comprises a broad range of weapons and associated items, including pistols, muskets, rifles, machine guns, swords, knives, bayonets, artillery pieces and armour. The majority of the collection dates from the 18th to the 20th centuries, although there is a small number of earlier items.

Significant items

  • The Cole Collection of firearms represents the golden age of English gun manufacturing in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many items are of high aesthetic as well as technical value.
  • 19th century military firearms, especially British Empire firearms, reflecting Victorian colonial life and colonial defences.
  • Weapons seized in British Empire wars in the 19th century, including the Canning Indian Mutiny Collection and the Pretyman collection of items seized in the Boer War.
  • A substantial and broad collection of Colt firearms, particularly handguns, from the 19th century.
  • Representative examples of firearms with particular Melbourne and Victorian provenance, including firearms sold by local distributors and retailers.
  • The 1907 model Savage automatic pistol serial no. 1, the private firearm of the director of Savage Arms, Colonel Benjamin Adriance.
  • Japanese armour and swords.

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  • Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945 Numismatics

    Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945

    Australia War Medal 1939 - 1945 Awarded to: V16171 J.L. GABORIT MEDALS, CAMPAIGN, J. L. GABORIT V 16171. THE WAR MEDAL, 1939-1945, THE AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL, 1939-1945. NOT MOUNTED.

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  • Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945 Numismatics

    Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945

    Australia War Medal 1939 - 1945 Awarded to: VX74401 R.C. PATERSON MEDAL GROUP, R. C. PATERSON VX 74401, CAMPAIGN MEDALS. THE WAR MEDAL 1939- 1945 AND AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL 1939- 1945 ...

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  • Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945 Numismatics

    Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945

    Australia War Medal 1939 - 1945 Awarded to: VX141235 W.F.W. COXEN MEDAL GROUP, W. F. W. COXEN VX 141235. CAMPAIGN MEDALS, WAR MEDAL 1939- 1945 AND AUSTRALIA SERVICE MEDAL 1939- 1945. N ...

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  • Medal - The Defence Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945 Numismatics

    Medal - The Defence Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945

    Part of a medal group awarded to WO/2 W.J. Channon, VX 18392: 1939-45 Star, Africa Star (bears bronze oak leaf for Mentioned in Dispatches), Defence Medal 1939-45, War Medal 1939-45, an ...

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  • Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945 Numismatics

    Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945

    Part of a medal group awarded to WO/2 W.J. Channon, VX 18392: 1939-45 Star, Africa Star (bears bronze oak leaf for Mentioned in Dispatches), Defence Medal 1939-45, War Medal 1939-45, an ...

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  • Medal - Australia Service, 1939-1945 Numismatics

    Medal - Australia Service, 1939-1945

    Medal group awarded to WO/2 W.J. Channon, VX 18392: 1939-45 Star, Africa Star (bears bronze oak leaf for Mentioned in Dispatches), Defence Medal 1939-45, War Medal 1939-45, and Australi ...

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  • Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945 Numismatics

    Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945

    Australia War Medal 1939 - 1945 Awarded to: NX 165265 A. MEWETT From ST 36544: MEDAL GROUP, A. MEWETT NX 165265. 1939-45 STAR, PACIFIC STAR, WAR MEDAL 1939-45 AND AUSTRALIA SERVICE MED ...

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  • Medal - Australia Service Medal 1939-1945, 1945 Numismatics

    Medal - Australia Service Medal 1939-1945, 1945

    Australia Australia Service Medal 1939 - 1945 1945 (AD) Awarded to: NX 165265 A. MEWETT From ST 36544: MEDAL GROUP, A. MEWETT NX 165265. 1939-45 STAR, PACIFIC STAR, WAR MEDAL 1939-45 AN ...

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  • Medal - The Defence Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945 Numismatics

    Medal - The Defence Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945

    Australia The Defence Medal 1939 - 45 Awarded to: VX 37047 S.E. HAYES From ST 36482: MEDAL GROUP, S. E. HAYES VX 37047. DEFENCE MEDAL, SERVICE MEDAL 1939- 1945, WAR MEDAL 1939- 1945 AN ...

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  • Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945 Numismatics

    Medal - The War Medal 1939-1945, Australia, 1945

    Australia War Medal 1939 - 1945 Awarded to: VX 37047 S.E. HAYES From ST 36482: MEDAL GROUP, S. E. HAYES VX 37047. DEFENCE MEDAL, SERVICE MEDAL 1939- 1945, WAR MEDAL 1939- 1945 AND AUST ...

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