Childhood & Youth Collection

Knucklebones (1950s)

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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  • Baby Blanket - Knitted, Yellow Wool, circa 1950s Object

    Baby Blanket - Knitted, Yellow Wool, circa 1950s

    Yellow wool baby blanket. Used and owned by Bill Boyd in the 1950s. The William Boyd Childhood Collection includes most of the childhood possessions of William (Bill) Boyd, who was born ...

    From: Churchlands, Australia Images: 2
  • Game - Monopoly Set, Handmade, 1960s Object

    Game - Monopoly Set, Handmade, 1960s

    Handmade Monopoly game created by the donor's uncle when he was about 10 years old (between 1964 and 1966) and living in Elizabeth, South Australia. The game was used on family caravan ...

    Images: 1
  • National Doll - Finnish, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Finnish, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Finnish woman, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. Finnish folk dress can be divided in two groups: Western and Karelian (eastern). Wo ...

    Images: 1
  • National Doll - Sami, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Sami, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Sami woman, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. The Sami peoples (previously referred to as Lapps) are the indigenous inhabitants of N ...

    Images: 1
  • National Doll - Sami, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Sami, circa 1970s-1980s

    National doll produced to represent a Sami man, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. The Sami peoples (previously referred to as Lapps) are the indigenous inhabitants of Nor ...

    Images: 1
  • National Doll - Fijian, Policeman, circa 1988 Object

    National Doll - Fijian, Policeman, circa 1988

    National doll produced to represent a Fijian man, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1988. The doll is dressed to represent a Fijian policeman, in a white sulu and navy shirt. These un ...

    Images: 3
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    T-Shirt - Phar Lap, Museum Victoria, Pink, 1983

    Pink child's souvenir t-shirt is an example of the Phar Lap related merchandise sold in the Museum of Victoria shop in the 1980s.

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  • National Doll - Canadian, Indigenous, circa 1960 Object

    National Doll - Canadian, Indigenous, circa 1960

    National Doll produced to represent a 'typical' Canadian First Nations person. This doll was sent to Monica Gates in 1960 by an Aunt who lived on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Can ...

    Images: 1
  • National Doll - Danish, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    National Doll - Danish, circa 1970s-1980s

    National Doll produced to represent a Danish women, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. The doll is hand-made and shows the lady knitting. Danish women's folk dress include ...

    Images: 3
  • National Doll - Egyptian, circa 1961 Object

    National Doll - Egyptian, circa 1961

    National doll made to represent an Egyptian woman, it was given to Monica Gates by the Egyptian President Gamal Nasser, circa 1961. Nasser's daughter was named Mona so he began to send ...

    Images: 1
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