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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 51 - 60) 191 items
One of a series of postcards issued by the Commonwealth Immigration Office, during the early 1920s, to promote immigration to Australia for rural settlement. The postcards were part of ...Images: 1
Small book of songs titled 'Songs of the Empire for Little Folks'. An advertising publication for Colman's and Robinson's produced by JJ Colman's Ltd containing songs and illustrations ...Images: 10
Scrapbook compiled by Leonard Millard from January, 1913, father of the donor. It was apparently saved by Leonard's mother, Mrs Florence Millard (nee Treloar). Many of the poems, cut f ...Images: 10
Alternative Name(s): Certificate of Merit Children's Flower Day certificate, presented to a pupil at Port Melbourne Primary School, for 'selling flowers', in 1919. The contrast betwee ...Images: 1
Jakas Soft Toys 1994-95 catalogue. The catalogue shows colour images of the various soft toys available with descriptions of Name, Size, Colour, Fabric and what is included with each t ...Images: 3
A single page advertising flyer showing a range of soft toys including teddy bears, animal soft toys, ?Golly? dolls and a clown. Jakas Soft Toys was a Melbourne-based company which des ...Images: 1
A single page advertising flyer shows a range of animal soft toys, featuring ?jungle animals? such as a lion, zebra, giraffe and elephant and two koala designs with the Australian and A ...Images: 1
This single sheet advertising flyer shows a range of Australian native animal soft toys, featuring koalas, kangaroos, wombats and platypus each assigned with a unique number for identif ...Images: 1
A single page advertising flyer shows a range of pet animal soft toys, featuring cats, dogs, dingo pups and a pony, each with specific names for identification. Jakas Soft Toys was a M ...Images: 1
A single page advertising flyer showing a range of soft toys including teddy bears, Australian animals and a science fiction character named ?Virti ? one eye?. Jakas Soft Toys was a Me ...Images: 1