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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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Australia Victoria Melbourne City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Mallee Children's Holiday 1948 (AD) Medal refers to Councillor Connelly and depicts a Victorian Railways locomotive Mint: K.G. ...
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
Australia 50 Cent, 1994 International Year of the Family inserted into First Day Cover for the 45 cent commemorative Stamp; 14 April 1994 Mint: Royal Australian Mint, Canberra Commemor ...Images: 2
Australia Victoria Melbourne Methodist Babies Home , 1928 (AD) The Methodist Babies' Home was inaugurated in 1925 and opened in 1929. This medal is to commemorate the laying of the fou ...
Australia Australia's Baby Coin Set 1994 A set of uncirculated Australian decimal coins packaged in printed cardboard holder featuring May Gibbs Gumnut characters. Mint: Royal Australia ...Images: 3
Australia Victoria Melbourne Victory, Europe - Pacific, 1945 (AD) Mint: Stokes Awarded to: Children by the City of Melbourne Other Details: Gilt bronze medal presented in 1945 to the c ...
Australia New South Wales Manly Manly Children's Victory Celebration 1945 (AD) Mint: Angus & CooteFrom: Manly, Australia Images: 2
This Melbourne Hebrew School Marine Excursion copper medal was given to pupils in 1880. It names school president N. Levi - Nathaniel Levi (1830-1908), sometime president of the Melbour ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 4
Australia Victoria Melbourne Lord Mayor's Country Children's Holiday Camp, Portsea 1950-51 (AD) Medal refers to Councillor The Hon J.S. Disney and depicts a Victorian Railways locomotiv ...
Copper One Penny 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