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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  • National Doll - Trinidadian & Tobagonian, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Trinidadian & Tobagonian, circa 1970s-1980s

    National Doll produced to represent a Trinidadian and Tobagonian women, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. In 2000 Afro-Trinidadian and Tobagonians made up 39.5% of the po ...

    Images: 3
  • National Doll - Scottish, Piper, circa 1961 Object

    National Doll - Scottish, Piper, circa 1961

    National doll produced to represent a Scottish man. It was purchased at Edinburgh Castle in 1961 for Monica Gates. The doll is dressed in traditional male Scottish dress or Highlander D ...

    Images: 3
  • National Doll - Thai, Dancer, circa 1963 Object

    National Doll - Thai, Dancer, circa 1963

    National Doll produced to represent a Thai woman, it was brought for Monica Gates by her landlord in 1963. The doll is dressed to represent a temple dancer. Dance in Thailand is the mai ...

    Images: 3
  • National Doll - Norwegian, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Norwegian, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Norwegian woman. It was given to Monica Gates circa1970s-1980s. Norway is situated on the western side of the Scandinavian peninsula. Folk or natio ...

    Images: 3
  • National Doll - Polish, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Polish, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Polish woman. It was given to Monica Gates circa1970s-1980s. Poland historically contained many languages, cultures and religions. Traditional Poli ...

    Images: 3
  • National Doll - Japanese, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Japanese, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Japanese woman, it was made by Nishi & Co in Japan, circa 1970s-1980s and was given to Monica Gates. The doll is dressed in a kimono which is a t-s ...

    Images: 3
  • Toy Typewriter - Mettoy, Mettype Junior, circa 1955 Object

    Toy Typewriter - Mettoy, Mettype Junior, circa 1955

    Toy typewriter with false keyboard, operated by turning a wheel to select characters and pressing a lever or a button down to print. It is accompanied by its original box. A sheet of pa ...

    Images: 2
  • Whistle - Lead, circa 1850s Object

    Whistle - Lead, circa 1850s

    Lead whistle with halyard, which is believed to have originally belonged to the donor's ancestor, who's surname was Best-Finch, who arrived in Adelaide in the late 1850s and travelled o ...

    Images: 3
  • National Doll - Borneo, circa 1966 Object

    National Doll - Borneo, circa 1966

    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
  • National Doll - German, Schwalm Valley, circa 1960s Object

    National Doll - German, Schwalm Valley, 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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