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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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National doll made to represent those traditionally made by the Asante (Ashanti) people, it was was given to Monica Gates by her mother who purchased it on an African safari from the Iv ...Images: 1
National doll produced to represent a Bulgarian woman. It was given to Monica Gates circa1970s-1980s. Common to both men and women's dress in Bulgaria is the tunic style shirt (riza or ...Images: 1
National doll produced to represent a Bolivian man. It was given to Monica Gates circa1960s by friends or family who had visited South America. Bolivian culture consists of a mixture of ...Images: 1
National doll produced to represent a Guatemalan man, it was given to Monica Gates by her mother in 1959, after she saw a lady on a television program showing national dolls from South ...Images: 1
Kit consisting of two vinyl folders, each containing 24 pills and information leaflets, an instruction booklet, and a paper envelope. This unused kit was issued by Eli Lilly (Australia ...Images: 6
Wooden Mah-Jong set made by voluntary labour in 1936 at the Flinders Naval Depot for the use of the Social Club at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (R.V.I.B.) This was the f ...Images: 1
National doll produced to represent a German woman, it is one of 8 sent to Monica Gates by relatives in Germany for birthdays etc. Monica began receiving these dolls in 1959, they repre ...Images: 1
Woollen tartan sock, part of a traditional Scottish Highland's costume worn by Lorna McDonald for dance performances in Nullawil and Wycheproof in northern Victoria around 1917. This in ...Images: 2
Black velvet jacket made by Scovell & Spurling, circa 1917. It was part of a traditional Scottish Highland's costume worn by Lorna McDonald for dance performances in Nullawil and Wychep ...Images: 1
Lace collar, made circa 1917, part of a traditional Scottish Highland's costume worn by Lorna McDonald for dance performances in Nullawil and Wycheproof in northern Victoria around 1917 ...Images: 3