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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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Size 4 white soccer ball with advertising and autographs from the 2010 Brunswick Zebras Under 18 Girls soccer team. The Brunswick Zebras is an under 18s soccer club made up of a diverse ...Images: 1
Rubber tipped stick used with a 44 gallon tenor pan, made by a Trinidadian Pan maker in the Ellie Mannette F# style. This instrument was brought to Australia in the 1970s by the touring ...Images: 2
44 gallon tenor pan, made by a Trinidadian pan maker in the Ellie Mannette F# style. This instrument was brought to Australia in the 1970s by the touring Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers Stee ...Images: 1
White cotton t-shirt with black screen-printed image of a woman from waist up, smoking a cigarette. Inscribed 'Ms. WICKED MELBOURNE 91'.Images: 1
Grey polyester cotton t-shirt, printed on front with black triangle with heart, pinned with safety pin. Printed on front: 'LATEX LIBERATION FRONT'Images: 1
Hardcover book 'Australia's Coloured Minority: Its Place in the Community' by A.O. Neville, published by Currawong Publishing Company, Sydney, 1947. This book comes from the library of ...Images: 9
Blue and white circular badge inscribed 'Let's talk about LIVING TOGETHER'. The badge dates from a time when co-habitation before marriage (and by gay/lesbian couples) was a socially-co ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Pillow Case White embroidered pillow sham, made circa 1915-1917, as part of a trousseau embroidered for Domenica Sammut of Valetta, Malta.The trousseau was embroid ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Button Badge made by Patrick Bros. Melbourne, circa 1973. It was made and worn by Estonians in Australia at various functions and festivals as fun and identity bad ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Button Badge made by Patrick Bros. Melbourne, circa 1983. It was made and worn by Estonians in Australia at various functions and festivals as fun and identity bad ...Images: 1