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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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Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by R.S. Waterhouse, Baby Linen Warehouse, Hobart, circa 1858. Rowland Skipsey Waterhouse was born on 29 January 1818, t ...From: Hobart, Australia Images: 2
Gilt bronze medal issued to celebrate victory in both Europe and the Pacific, marking the end of the World War II. Minted by Stokes in 1945, it was given to children of the City of Melb ...
Centenary of Victoria 1934; Centenary of Melbourne, 1935 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Sons Other Details: Silvered bronze medal issued to commemorate Melbourne's centenary 1934-35. The medal als ...
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: 4
Centenary of Victoria 1934; Centenary of Melbourne, 1935 (AD) Mint: Stokes & Sons Other Details: Silvered bronze medal issued to commemorate Melbourne's centenary 1934-35. The medal als ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 4
Australia New South Wales Earth Week Commemorative 1979 (AD) Mint: not recorded Other Details: Bronze medal commemorating Earth Week and the International Year of the Child, dated 1979. ...Images: 2
Australia 1880 (AD) Medal , Centenary of Sunday Schools, Robert RaikesImages: 2
Australia Victoria Melbourne City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Mallee Children's Holiday 1946 (AD) Medal refers to Councillor Connelly and depicts a Victorian Railways locomotive Mint: K.G. ...
Australia Victoria Melbourne City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Mallee Children's Holiday 1947 (AD) Medal refers to Councillor Connelly and depicts a Victorian Railways locomotive Mint: K.G. ...