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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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Bronze Royal Humane Society of Australasia medal presented to 15 year old Florence (Florrie) Hodges to recognise the bravery of her actions in using her own body to protect her two sist ...Images: 3
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Card index, audio cassettes, manual and index folder from the Multicultural Folklore for Children project, which consists of field recordings of adults singing and reciting folklore for ...Images: 0
Australia Tasmania Centenary of Launceston medal 1906 Mint: Stokes & Sons Commissioned and distributed by: F. & W. Stewart Other Details: Centenary of Launceston medal, commissioned an ...From: Launceston, Australia Images: 2
Australia 50th Anniversary of Commonwealth of Australia Schools Medal 1951 (AD) Mint: Amor Awarded to: School Children of the Commonwealth of Australia Other Details: Medal awarded to t ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 3
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Victory Europe-Pacific1945 medal, minted by Stokes and issued by the City of Collingwood. It features busts of George VI and Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother). Medals such as these we ...From: Collingwood, Australia Images: 0
Australia Tasmania Launceston Medal - Launceston A.N.A. Exhibition 1908 Commemorative Issued by: F & W Stewart Other Details: A gilded bronze (31 mm diameter) commemorative of the Launc ...From: Launceston, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Coronation of George VI 1937 (AD) Mint: Stokes Awarded to: School Children in Victoria Other Details: This is an example of the commemorative medal distributed to Vic ...Images: 2
Australia 50th Anniversary of Commonwealth of Australia Schools Medal 1951 (AD) Mint: Amor Awarded to: School Children of the Commonwealth of Australia Other Details: Medal awarded to t ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Anzac Day school children's medal, issued in 1916. The medal was struck by the Education Department of Victoria for distribution to school children in 1916 to commemorate the first anni ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Australia Schools Victory medal 1919 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Sons Awarded to: School Children of the Commonwealth of Australia Other Details: Of the commemorative medals issued to mark the ...Images: 2