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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.
- 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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Alternative Name(s): Mothers & Widows Ribbon Mothers and Widows badge, World War I issue. Black badge with embroidered rising sun badge, wattle sprays and "For Australia" in yellow thr ...Images: 1
Savage automatic pistol Model 1907, .32 in. cal., serial number 1. Ten shot magazine located in butt, overall length 6.5 inches (165 mm). Made by Savage Arms Corporation, Utica, New Yor ...Images: 6
Khaki World War II Australian Army Medical Women's Service uniform comprising jacket and skirt. Hat HT 25770 was probably worn with this uniform. An additional uniform jacket was also a ...Images: 8
Khaki fur felt World War II hat with rising sun badge. The hat was probably worn with Australian Army Medical Women's Service uniform HT 25769. Worn by Alice Isabel Vigor, who was bor ...Images: 3
Alternative Name(s): Tunic Khaki World War II jacket, part of an Australian Army Medical Women's Service uniform. Hat HT 25770 and uniform HT25769 may have been worn or combined with ...Images: 5
Album of photographs believed to have been taken by Australian serviceman George Simpson Millar, 5th Australian Light House, Gallipoli, 1915. Contains 103 small black and white photogra ...Images: 1
Ticket for the Government of Victoria Armistice Day Memorial Ceremony, 10.30am Friday 11th November 1938, at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. Issued to Major Siddeley. William McQ ...Images: 1
Sword Stick with single edged blade that fits into a covering, it was carried by Detective-Inspector Christie as a means of protection, circa 1860s-1910s. Christie emigrated from Englan ...Images: 1
Wooden storage case used for storing archery arrows, used by Gerry Hevey, founder and president of Kew City Bowmen, Kew, Victoria. Gerry Hevey (born 1899) joined his first archery club ...Images: 2