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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 111 - 120) 191 items
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
Children's book entitled 'Peter Pan and Wendy' by J. M. Barnes and published in 1941. It belonged to Hazel Hathaway and was brought with her when she migrated with her parents Lucy and ...Images: 3
Children's book entitled 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll. It belonged to Hazel Hathaway and was brought with her when she migrated with her parents Lucy and Stanley Hathaway from ...Images: 2
Children's book entitled 'Fairies and Chimneys' by Rose Fyleman and published in 1922. It belonged to Hazel Hathaway and was brought with her when she migrated with her parents Lucy and ...Images: 2
Handwritten report relating to the Third Bundoora and First Rangers Girl Guides first enrolment of which Lucy Hathaway was the captain. Lucy migrated to Australia with her husband Stanl ...Images: 2
Scrapbook collated by Hazel Hathaway in relation to her participation in the Brownies before migrating to Australia with her parents Stan and Lucy and sister Merle from England in 1951. ...Images: 23
Baby's Log Book for Hazel Hathaway filled with handwritten journal notes and photographs kept by her mother Lucy Hathaway during her first two years. The book was brought by Lucy Hathaw ...Images: 22
Children's book entitled 'The Water-Babies' by Charles Kingsley. It belonged to Hazel Hathaway and was brought with her when she migrated with her parents Lucy and Stanley Hathaway from ...Images: 2
32-page booklet entitled 'How We Raised the First Hundred Thousand', published by the Victorian Eduction Department in early 1917. It provides, through texts and illustrations, 'an acco ...Images: 6
Letter written by Esma Banner, 18 November 1947, describing her trip to Rothenburg, her visit to Aglasterhausen Children's Home and the resettlement and adoption of displaced children a ...Images: 2