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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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Letter from Yu Dong Min, Director of Cultural Affairs and Public Relations, Ministry of Public Information, Republic of Korea, to Monica Aron (later Gates), in reply to her request for ...Images: 1
Letter from Begum D. A. Hidayatullah, General Secretary, All Pakistan Women's Association, to Monica Aron (later Gates), in reply to her request for a doll in in the national costume of ...Images: 1
Letter from Benjamin B. Domingo, Chief, Market Promotion Division, National Cottage Industries Development Authority, Department of Commerce and Industry, Republic of the Philippines, t ...Images: 1
Letter from R.B. Weerakoon, Secretary to the Prime Minister of Ceylon to Miss Monica Aron (later Gates), dated 29 April 1964. The letter is was written in response to Monica's letter of ...Images: 1
Letter written in French from Fazlollah Nabil of Iran, to Monica Aron (later Gates), in reply to her request for a doll in the national costume of Iran, dated 22 February 1964. The lett ...Images: 1
Letter from Denjon Gyalmo, the American wife of the King of Sikkim, to Monica Aron (later Gates) in reply to her request for a doll in in the national costume of Sikkim, dated 25 Janua ...Images: 1
Colour catalogue of the Meccano Series 'Dinky Toy'", No. 5, transport models, dated 1969. Printed in England by Meccano Limited, Liverpool.Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Cassell's Book of Indoor Amusements Hard-covered book of 236 pages, titled Cassell's Book of In-Door Amusements, Card Games & Fireside Fun, 5th Edition, 1888. Al ...Images: 8
Large rectangular poster sized printed invitation, with handwritten addition. Issued in 1961 by Melbourne department store Myer's to the Limb family, as an invitation to the launch of ...Images: 2
Catalogue for Children's Tricycles and Wheel Toys, issued by the Cycle Components Manufacturing Company (C.C.M.C.), circa 1950.Images: 1