Childhood & Youth Collection

Knucklebones (1950s)

Image: Knucklebones (1950s)

Source: Museum Victoria

Childhood is common to all humans, but with all the individuality that this brings. The Childhood and Youth Collection contains objects made by children, which reflect their world views, and collections about children and childhood. It also encompasses photographs, documents and audiovisual material, as well as recording material culture and intangibles such as play lore, experiences and ideas.

The collection was begun in the 1980s, and in 2009 comprised around 2237 objects, including games, dolls, toys, school material, clothing and costumes, domestic items, and information on child-related organisations and issues.

A significant component of the collection is the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), acquired in 1999. This comprises over 10,000 card files listing children's games, rhymes, riddles, jokes and superstitions, from the 1940s to the present.  The collection contains 500 photographs; extensive video and audio collection; over 300 play artefacts; research files and fieldwork files.

The ACFC was placed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register in 2004, which recognises collections of long-term and wide-ranging international significance.

Other significant items:

  • The Le Forgeron Marionette Theatre collection - a rare surviving example of the travelling marionette/puppet troupes that regularly toured throughout Australia until the 1960s.
  • Sterne Doll Company Collection, including Gerry Gee puppet and paraphernalia, and doll-making materials and equipment.
  • The Panaroos Playthings Doll and Toy Museum Collection, featuring items made by Australian companies during the 1930s-1950s.

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  • Soft Toy - Minnie Mouse, circa 1957 Object

    Soft Toy - Minnie Mouse, circa 1957

    Minnie Mouse soft toy purchased in Albury by Georgia Dereani, circa 1957. Georgia Dereani, her husband and infant son immigrated to Australia from Trieste, Italy, in 1955. They spent th ...

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  • Doll - Ratti, Hawaiian, circa 1955 Object

    Doll - Ratti, Hawaiian, circa 1955

    Hawaiian doll made by the Italian doll maker and distributor Ceppi Ratti. It was purchased by Attilio Dereani for his wife Georgia, circa 1955. Georgia Dereani, her husband and infant s ...

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  • National Doll - Metti, Papua New Guinea, Central Province, circa 1970 Object

    National Doll - Metti, Papua New Guinea, Central Province, circa 1970

    Doll dressed to represent a woman from Central Province, Papua New Guinea. The doll was manufactured by Metti a South Australian doll manufacturer, circa 1970. The doll was given to th ...

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  • National Doll - Japanese, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Japanese, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Japanese woman. It was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. The doll is dressed in a kimono which is a t-shaped, straight-lined robe worn so t ...

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  • National Doll - Chinese, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Chinese, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Chinese person, it was purchased for Monica Gates circa 1970s-1980s.Traditional Chinese dress can be divided into three key periods, variations of ...

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  • National Doll - Chinese, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Chinese, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Chinese person, it was purchased for Monica Gates circa 1970s-1980s.Traditional Chinese dress can be divided into three key periods, variations of ...

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  • National Doll - Chinese, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Chinese, circa 1970s-1980s

    Two national dolls produced to represent a Chinese woman and man, they were purchased for Monica Gates circa 1970s-1980s.Traditional Chinese dress can be divided into three key periods, ...

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  • National Doll - French, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - French, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a French woman. It was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. The long skirt, apron, blouse and shawl worn by this doll were common components of ...

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  • National Doll - Indian, Kashmir, circa 1978 Object

    National Doll - Indian, Kashmir, circa 1978

    National doll produced to represent a woman from the region of Kashmir. It was given to Monica Gates, by her mother who purchased it in Kashmir in 1978. The most common attire for women ...

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  • National Doll - Indian, circa 1962 Object

    National Doll - Indian, circa 1962

    National doll produced to represent an Indian woman. It was sent to Monica Gates, by Mrs. S. M. Mhatre, Junior Field Officer, Pilot Centre for Character Indian Dolls, All India Handicra ...

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  • National Doll - Indian, Udiapur, 1976 Object

    National Doll - Indian, Udiapur, 1976

    National doll produced to represent an Indian woman. It brought by Monica Gates, during a trip to India in 1976 in Udiapur. The doll is wearing a sari or saree, which is a strip of unst ...

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  • National Doll - Mexican, Female, 1962 Object

    National Doll - Mexican, Female, 1962

    National doll produced to represent a Mexican woman. It was purchased for Monica Gates by her family's landlord at a market in Mexico City in 1962. The doll is dressed in clothing which ...

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  • National Doll - Spanish, Andalusian, circa 1968 Object

    National Doll - Spanish, Andalusian, circa 1968

    National doll produced to represent a Spanish woman. It was purchased for Monica Gates by a friend in 1968. The doll is dressed in clothing popularised in the Andalusian region of Spain ...

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  • National Doll - Mexican, Male, 1962 Object

    National Doll - Mexican, Male, 1962

    National doll produced to represent a Mexican man. It was purchased for Monica Gates by her family's landlord at a market in Mexico City in 1962. The doll is dressed in clothing which i ...

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  • National Doll - New Zealand, Maori, 1968 Object

    National Doll - New Zealand, Maori, 1968

    National doll produced to represent a Maori woman. It was purchased for Monica Gates in Auckland, New Zealand in 1968. The doll is dressed in a skirt made of plant fibre and a rectangul ...

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  • National Doll - Nigerian, 1976 Object

    National Doll - Nigerian, 1976

    National doll produced to represent a Nigerian man. It was purchased for Monica Gates by her mother in 1976. Today (2011) Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and has over 250 ...

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  • National Doll - Kenya, Masai, 1976 Object

    National Doll - Kenya, Masai, 1976

    National doll produced as a souvenir of Africa. It was purchased for Monica Gates by her mother in 1976 whilst she was on a safari trip through Africa. The doll was purchased on the Equ ...

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  • Waistcoat - Black Velvet, Scottish Dancing Costume, circa 1917 Object

    Waistcoat - Black Velvet, Scottish Dancing Costume, circa 1917

    Black velvet waistcoat, made circa 1917. It was part of a child's costume used in Highland dancing in Victoria. Highland dance refers to a style of athletic solo dancing which develope ...

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  • Dress - Child's, Cream Silk, circa 1900 Object

    Dress - Child's, Cream Silk, circa 1900

    Cream silk child's dress worn by Alice May as an infant or young child in Redding, England, around or before 1900. It may have been worn for her Christening, although as it is not part ...

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  • National Doll - Russian, Babushka, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Russian, Babushka, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent Russian women, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. This is a matryoshka or babushka doll, a Russian nesting doll, which is a set of wood ...

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  • National Doll - Russian, Babushka, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Russian, Babushka, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent Russian women, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. This is a matryoshka or babushka doll, a Russian nesting doll, which is a set of wood ...

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  • Basket - Baby Accessory, Cane, circa 1840s-1870s Object

    Basket - Baby Accessory, Cane, circa 1840s-1870s

    Woven, round cane basket covered with a quilted fabric liner. Donated to Museum Victoria in 1992, the basket originally came from Northern Ireland. It was brought to Victoria by the d ...

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  • National Doll - Russian, circa 1982 Object

    National Doll - Russian, circa 1982

    National doll produced to represent a Russian woman, it was given to Monica Gates in 1982. The sarafan (a traditional Russian long, shapeless jumper dress) is one of the most identifiab ...

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  • National Doll - Russian, Cossack, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Russian, Cossack, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent Cossack boy, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. Cossacks are a group of predominantly East Slavic people who originally were members of ...

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  • Lantern Slides - 'Precious Pigs' Series, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slides - 'Precious Pigs' Series, circa 1860-1900

    Set of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus and ephemera, acq ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.1, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.1, circa 1860-1900

    Number 1 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.2, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.2, circa 1860-1900

    Number 2 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.3, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.3, circa 1860-1900

    Number 3 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.4, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.4, circa 1860-1900

    Number 4 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.5, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.5, circa 1860-1900

    Number 5 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.6, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.6, circa 1860-1900

    Number 6 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.7, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.7, circa 1860-1900

    Number 7 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.8, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.8, circa 1860-1900

    Number 8 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.9, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.9, circa 1860-1900

    Number 9 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.10, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.10, circa 1860-1900

    Number 10 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.11, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.11, circa 1860-1900

    Number 11 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.12, circa 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Precious Pigs', No.12, circa 1860-1900

    Number 12 of a series of 12 lantern slides depicting a children's story titled 'Precious Pigs'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus ...

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  • Lantern Slides - 'Mischievous Tommy', Series, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slides - 'Mischievous Tommy', Series, 1860-1900

    Set of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus and ephemer ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 1, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 1, 1860-1900

    Number 1 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic appa ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 2, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 2, 1860-1900

    Number 2 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic appa ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 3, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 3, 1860-1900

    Number 3 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic appa ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 4, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 4, 1860-1900

    Number 4 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic appa ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 5, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 5, 1860-1900

    Number 5 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic appa ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 6, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 6, 1860-1900

    Number 6 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic appa ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 7, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 7, 1860-1900

    Number 7 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic appa ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 8, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 8, 1860-1900

    Number 8 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic appa ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 9, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 9, 1860-1900

    Number 9 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic appa ...

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  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 10, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 10, 1860-1900

    Number 10 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic app ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 11, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 11, 1860-1900

    Number 11 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic app ...

    Images: 1
  • Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 12, 1860-1900 Image

    Lantern Slide - 'Mischievous Tommy', No. 12, 1860-1900

    Number 12 in a series of 12 lantern slides depicting the children's story titled 'Mischievous Tommy'. This set of lantern slides are part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic app ...

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