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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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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
Metal pin depicting a black Aboriginal male figure in the centre, holding his left arm above his head, as if to throw a boomerang. This iconography is the current logo of Blacktown Work ...Images: 1
Packet and tube of 'Darkie' toothpaste featuring a caricature black minstrel image. The toothpaste itself is actually white.The product was purchased in the late 1990s at an Asian groce ...Images: 1
Rectangular block of solid Perspex, inscribed 'THE RAINBOW AWARDS '95 MOST POPULAR NIGHT OUT'. The Rainbow Awards recognise community efforts to promote the rights of gay, lesbian, bis ...Images: 1
Small black plastic whistle on lanyard (cord to hang around neck) inscribed 'gaydar.com.au'. Whistles are used by the GLBT community for security as well as to make a person's presence ...Images: 1
Silver key ring with two anodized aluminium tags. On front of both: 'GIRL BAR'. Girl Bar was established in 1993 by Kira Seymour and Julie Jeong. Its stated aim at the time was 'to enc ...Images: 3
Rectangular aluminium key ring tag, anodized in red. On front: 'GIRL BAR'. Girl Bar was established in 1993 by Kira Seymour and Julie Jeong. Its stated aim at the time was 'to encourag ...Images: 2
Rectangular aluminium key ring tag, anodized in blue. On front: 'GIRL BAR'. Girl Bar was established in 1993 by Kira Seymour and Julie Jeong. Its stated aim at the time was 'to encoura ...Images: 1
Rectangular pass of clear laminated card with red ribbon. Printed on front: 'WOW 1993 PASS / Kira / Guest'. On back: 'The holder of this Pass and one guest are hereby invited to the Pos ...Images: 2
One of a set of six drink coasters, apparently made of plywood with a thick plastic coating. Each has a white profile of a woman (pairs have the same image), overlaid with the word 'G ...Images: 6