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Cultural Diversity Collection
Image: Cambodian Figurine - Campanologist
Source: Museum Victoria
The Cultural Diversity Collection is a cross-collection of objects encompassing all of the History and Technology collections, both conceptually and practically, and considers cultural diversity in its broadest sense.
The only specific collections belonging to this wider collection are those not the current focus of other History and Technology collections. Some of the most important are gay and lesbian material, youth culture, ageing, homelessness, cultural affirmation and discrimination, sociology and social work, and volunteerism.
Cultural diversity encompasses all individual or community variations in our society, relating to self-definition and the definitions applied by others. It includes ethnicity, nationality, race, descent or ancestry, physical appearance and ability, language, age, health, location, political belief or activity, economic status, employment, industrial activity, gender and gender identity, sexual activity, marital status, religious belief or activity, ideologies and personal associations.
- Australian Children's Folklore Collection, regarded as one of the largest and most significant of its kind in the world.
- Psychiatric Services Collection, including more than 800 objects recording the history of pre-1950s psychiatric institutions in Victoria.
- Pentridge Prison collection, including 182 objects documenting the prison's structure and functions; and collections from several manufacturing organisations.
- Immigration and Artistic Practice Collection.
- Cambodian figurine collection.
- Italian Historical Society Collection.
- Cohen and Steinberg retail collections.
- Immigration documents.
- Postwar Hungarian community objects.
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Framed Painting 'Redheaded Bitch (Xenophobia)' by Harry J. Wedge, circa 1996. Harry is a Wirudjeri artist who has developed a direct and often shocking personal style. His works can be ...Images: 2
Photo which probably records the dinner commemorating the termination of apprenticeship of A G Maclaurin held by Thomas De La Rue at Manchester Hotel, Aldersgate, on 22 January 1927 Ar ...Images: 1
John Ash of Commonwealth Bank of Australia Bank Note and Security Depatment, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Ash supported Archibald Gordon Maclaurin's migration to Australia and assisted him in hi ...Images: 1
Photograph of the Rock of Gibraltar circa 1935. John William Gordon-Kirkby was born in Gibraltar on 26 August 1936. His parents lived in La Linea but due to the political instability in ...Images: 2
Postcard featuring an image of the Rock of Gibraltar as viewed from Spain, published by the Rock Photographic Service, circa 1950s. John William Gordon-Kirkby was born in Gibraltar on 2 ...Images: 4
Black and white photograph from an album containing a personal story of Julius Toth's immigration experience and a collection of 40 photo reproductions. Julius left Hungary late in 1956 ...Images: 2
Advertising postcard featuring a photographic image by Emmanual Santos of children jumping, it was published by the Immigration Museum, Melbourne, circa 2001. The postcard promotes the ...Images: 3
Photograph of a house in La Linea Spain overlooking the Rock of Gibraltar, circa 1936. The image is a picture of John Gordon-Kirkby's first home. John was born in Gibraltar on 26 August ...Images: 2
Slide showing a set of three Latvian costume brooches made by Latvian jeweler Maris Purens. Maris is a well known jeweler within the Melbourne Latvian community. Brooches or pins are th ...Images: 1
Negative found inside National Identity Booklet issued to Bretislav Lukes in 1940. Born 12 January 1922 in Stankou in Czechoslovakia, Bretislav claims to have worked for the Germans dur ...Images: 1