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Childhood & Youth Collection
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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Portrait of young girl sitting on tree stump wearing large wide brimmed hat decorated with flowers. She is watched by a young boy wearing legionnaires' style peak cap with long back-fla ...From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
Part of a large photographic collection of glass plate and film negatives, photographic prints and photo albums, relating to the development of the electric power supply industry in Vic ...Images: 1
This artwork was created by Kiera, a Grade 6 student from Healesville Primary School, as part of an art project that took place during the time of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. I ...Images: 1
Two small children with a pram.Images: 1
This Melbourne Hebrew School Marine Excursion copper medal was given to pupils in 1880. It names school president N. Levi - Nathaniel Levi (1830-1908), sometime president of the Melbour ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 4
This artwork was created by Bailey, a Grade 1 student from Healesville Primary School, as part of an art project that took place during the time of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. ...Images: 1
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum VictoriaImages: 1