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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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1939-45 Star medal awarded to Mjr. William Edward Ball, service number VX 150043, for service in World War II. Part of Medal Group awarded to Major Ball that includes: 1939-1945 Star, ...Images: 2
1939-45 Star medal awarded to VX91465 Pte. Albert W.G. Lawson, for service in World War II. Part of a group of four World War II Medals mounted on a bar awarded to Private Albert Lawso ...Images: 3
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1939-45 Star medal awarded to C. Quinlan, service number VX3618, for service in World War II. Part of Medal Group awarded to C. Quinlan that includes Campaign Medals. The 1939-1945 St ...Images: 2
Africa Star medal with North Africa 1942-43 bar awarded to Allan Alonzo Drinkwater, Engineer, 38 Bomber Squadron R.A.F (but not named). Part of a medal group awarded to Allan Alonzo Dr ...Images: 2
Africa Star medal (unnamed) that is part of a group of four. Person to whom it was awarded is not recorded. Medals were issued unnamed to recipients from the UK and sometimes, when rep ...Images: 2
Quincunx from the town of Teate in Apulia, Italy, circa 200 BC Mint not recordedImages: 2
Military Cross, George V, issued around 1917. Stored in its original black case, with a gilt-embossed crown on the top and lined with yellow/cream velvet. This gallantry decoration was ...Images: 5
Gold medallion fob presented to Coy. Sgt. Mjr. William Edward Green by the residents of Marong to commemorate his safe return from service in World War I on 16 April 1919. Such fobs no ...Images: 2
Presentation fob awarded to Cpl. William Edward Green by the Shire of Marong to commemorate his safe return from service in World War I. Such fobs normally had the name of the town or ...Images: 2
1939-45 Star medal awarded to Cpl. Laura Alma Lawson, service number VFX126851, for service in World War II. Corporal Lawson was born in St Kilda in 1915 and enlisted in 1943 in the Au ...Images: 2