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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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Hand-written letter on Australian Imperial Force letterhead paper to six-year-old Ethel Kemp from her father Private Albert Edward Kemp. Albert Kemp was serving on the Western Front dur ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 8
Part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection archive. Alternative archive name is ACFC. Dr Dorothy Howard came to Australia in 1954-5 as an American Fulbright scholar to study ...Images: 2
Highly-coloured invitation to an evening reception at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on 9 May 1901, to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York following the opening of the f ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Children's book 'Toby presents Ali, Oigle and Toitle: A Tale of the Northern Territory' written by R. Henri & G. Arnold. Published in Sydney by Hudson in 1955. The book is aimed at chil ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 23
Letter to the Minister for Information and Immigration, The Hon A A Calwell MP, from N E McKenna, Minister for Social Services, dated 15 January 1949. The letter details concerns by Sam ...From: Canberra, Australia Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Poster Framed notice from Copelen Street Family Centre, formerly the Methodist Babies Home in Melbourne, Victoria. Printed information for visitors hung in one of ...From: South Yarra, Australia Images: 1
One of 26 letters hand written by the Year 3F students at Henschke Primary School, Wagga Wagga, NSW in 1999. Sent to the Museum in 1999 by the class's teacher, who thought the Museum w ...From: Wagga Wagga, Australia Images: 3
One of 26 letters hand written by the Year 3F students at Henschke Primary School, Wagga Wagga, NSW in 1999. Sent to the Museum in 1999 by the class's teacher, who thought the Museum w ...From: Wagga Wagga, Australia Images: 1
Interviews, photographs and data collected by Heather Russell in 1984 in an inner suburban Melbourne school for the project Play and Friendships in a Multicultural Playground (an ethnog ...Images: 2