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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 101 - 110) 189 items
Newsclipping of an article reporting on the annual general meeting of the McCallum House Centre for Retarded Children's Welfare Association. It is probably from the Ballarat 'Courier'. ...Images: 1
Notebook kept by Lucy Hathaway to inform her role in the Girl Guides movement. Her hand written notes record songs, rhymes, games, some written and typed on paper inserts. It was brough ...Images: 7
Souvenir program for the Buckinghamshire Girl Guides Association Rally in Aylesbury, England on 28 September 1947. It was brought to Australia by Lucy Hathaway when she migrated from En ...Images: 4
Program for the church service for the Ballarat Girl Guides' Association in North Creswick, Victoria, 21 February 1960. It was kept by Lucy Hathaway after she migrated from England in 1 ...Images: 3
Program containing mainly girl guide songs for the Hampshire Girl Guides, England, circa 1950. It was brought to Australia by Lucy Hathaway when she migrated from England in 1951 and de ...Images: 3
Mounted photocopy of a letter from U.S. President Bill Clinton, dated 2 April 1997, to Mr and Mrs Boris Schwarz thanking them for their message of support. Jakas Soft Toys was a Melbo ...Images: 1
Letter from McCallum House, Day Centre for Retarded Children to Mrs S. M. Simmons dated 26 July 1960. The letter is expressing thanks for Mrs Simmons' donation to the centre at which he ...Images: 1
Two handwritten aerograms addressed to Lucy Hathaway and the 8th Ballarat Girl Guides Company by two members of the 2nd Ringwood Guides, Hants, England, dated 23 April 1959. Lucy Hathaw ...Images: 4
Four page newsletter outlining the activities of the Southern Cross Camp, involving various branches of the local Ballarat Girl Guides. It belonged to Lucy Hathaway who had migrated to ...Images: 4
Single page handwritten letter with koala stick pin and camp sticker attached, sent by Jean [name illegible] of the International Camp Australia to Lucy Hathaway, 22 January 1959. Lucy ...Images: 2