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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.
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 71 - 80) 2616 items
Kilt in McDonald Tartan, made by Scovell & Spurling, 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 ...Images: 1
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: 1
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 Highlands of Scotland, and is often p ...Images: 3
Black and white advertisement for Nigger Boy Licorice, circa 1950s-1960s. Nigger Boy Licorice was produced through the 1950s and 60s by the National Licorice Pty Ltd, a company in the U ...Images: 6
Handmade Monopoly game created by the donor's uncle when he was about 10 years old (between 1964 and 1966) and living in Elizabeth, South Australia. The game was used on family caravan ...Images: 1
National doll produced to represent a woman from the island of Borneo. It has been carved from wood and was sent to Monica Gates in 1966. The island of Borneo contains the Indonesian st ...Images: 3
Badge with the emblem of the MacDonald Clan, it contains the moto 'Per Mare Per Terras' (by sea, by land). It is part of a child's costume used in Highland dancing in Victoria, circa 19 ...Images: 2
Nationa Doll produced to represent a Greek man, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1978. This doll is wearing a foustanella (skirt/kilt), poukamiso (shirt), yeleko or meindani (vest), ...Images: 3
National doll produced to represent a Turkish man. It was purchased by Mrs. Gates mother whilst on an overland adventure in 1978. Turkey is a diverse blend of many different cultures, i ...Images: 3
Doll produced to represent a 'typical' Indigenous Australian person; it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1960s-1970s. The image of Indigenous Australians' painted, holding spears and sh ...Images: 1