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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  • Mah-Jong Braille Set - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, 1936 Object

    Mah-Jong Braille Set - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, 1936

    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 ...

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  • National Doll - German, Northern, circa 1960s Object

    National Doll - German, Northern, circa 1960s

    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 ...

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  • Sock - Tartan, Scottish Dancing, circa 1917 Object

    Sock - Tartan, Scottish Dancing, circa 1917

    Woollen tartan sock, part of a child's costume used in Highland dancing in Victoria, circa 1917. Highland dance refers to a style of athletic solo dancing which developed in the Highla ...

    Images: 2
  • Jacket - Scovell & Spurling, Black Velvet, circa 1917 Object

    Jacket - Scovell & Spurling, Black Velvet, circa 1917

    Black velvet jacket made by Scovell & Spurling, 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 dan ...

    Images: 1
  • Lace Collar - Scottish Dancing, circa 1917 Object

    Lace Collar - Scottish Dancing, circa 1917

    Lace collar, made circa 1917, part of a child's costume used in Highland dancing in Victoria. Highland dance refers to a style of athletic solo dancing which developed in the Highlands ...

    Images: 3
  • Shawl - McDonald tartan, Scottish Dancing, circa 1917 Object

    Shawl - McDonald tartan, Scottish Dancing, circa 1917

    Shawl in McDonald tartan, made in Victoria, circa 1917. It is part of a child's costume used in Highland dancing in Victoria. Highland dance refers to a style of athletic solo dancing ...

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

    National Doll - Finnish, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Finnish woman, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. Finnish folk dress can be divided in two groups: Western and Karelian (eastern). Wo ...

    Images: 1
  • National Doll - Sami, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Sami, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Sami woman, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. The Sami peoples (previously referred to as Lapps) are the indigenous inhabitants of N ...

    Images: 1
  • National Doll - Sami, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Sami, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Sami man, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. The Sami peoples (previously referred to as Lapps) are the indigenous inhabitants of Nor ...

    Images: 1
  • National Doll - Fijian, Policeman, circa 1988 Object

    National Doll - Fijian, Policeman, circa 1988

    National doll produced to represent a Fijian man, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1988. The doll is dressed to represent a Fijian policeman, in a white sulu and navy shirt. These un ...

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