Cultural Diversity Collection

Cambodian Figurine - Campanologist

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.

Significant items

  • 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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  • Scrapbook - Girl Bar Promotions, 1991-2000 Object

    Scrapbook - Girl Bar Promotions, 1991-2000

    White ring binder containing 82 plastic sleeves, with laminated colour image of women and motorbikes on front. Contains flyers, artwork for flyers, newspaper cuttings, postcards and mem ...

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  • Photograph Album - Girl Bar Fitout, 1990s Object

    Photograph Album - Girl Bar Fitout, 1990s

    Gold-covered 50-page photograph album with plaque on front featuring fawn and brown floral pattern. Contains 75 colour images, 103 x 153, recording the fitout of Girl Bar in the 1990s. ...

    Images: 2
  • T-Shirt - 'Equal Love', 1 Aug 2009 Object

    T-Shirt - 'Equal Love', 1 Aug 2009

    White t-shirt printed with heart motif inscribed 'EQUAL LOVE' and two pairs of swallows. Made for the National Day of Action for Same-Sex Marriage on 1 August 2009. Part of the Equal Lo ...

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  • Talking Book Machine - Clarke & Smith, circa 1950s Object

    Talking Book Machine - Clarke & Smith, circa 1950s

    Talking Book Machine with tape manufactured by Clarke & Smith, circa 1950s. It was used at the Royal Victorian Instituite for the Blind. Talking books were first introduced to the RVI ...

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  • Weaving Frame - Wooden, circa 1970s-1980s Object

    Weaving Frame - Wooden, circa 1970s-1980s

    Weaving Frame used in the matmaking workshop at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, circa 1970s-1980s. It was used by visually impaired workers for making various mat sizes. Th ...

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  • Sign - 'Support Indian Students Stop Racist Attacks', 2009 Object

    Sign - 'Support Indian Students Stop Racist Attacks', 2009

    Sign used to advertise the Rally for Justice held between 10-11am on 8 June 2009 in Federation Square, Melbourne. The rally was organised by the Socialist Alliance in support of the F ...

    Images: 2
  • Inkwell - 'Abo' Brand, Mulga Wood, 1930s Object

    Inkwell - 'Abo' Brand, Mulga Wood, 1930s

    Oblong shaped piece of mulga wood with the centre cut out for an inkwell.The Mulga wood 'Abo' brand was patented by Albert J. Wiley of Adelaide in 1932. A.J. Wiley had owned a woodturni ...

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  • Football Jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993 Object

    Football Jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993

    Number 7 knitted St Kilda Football Club jumper worn by St Kilda AFL footballer Nicky Winmar during his celebrated stand against racism in sport, after St Kilda won against Collingwood, ...

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  • Sabots - Wood, Black With Red Detail, 1882-1884 Object

    Sabots - Wood, Black With Red Detail, 1882-1884

    Alternative Name(s): Clogs, Wooden Shoes Pair of sabots with wooden soles and leather strip on upper. Acquired by Museum Victoria in 1884 from the Belgian (aka Belgium) Export Co. N ...

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  • Fan - Guests Golliwogs Biscuits, Cardboard, circa 1960 Object

    Fan - Guests Golliwogs Biscuits, Cardboard, circa 1960

    Cardboard advertising fan. Issued by Melbourne firm Guests in the late 1950s and early 1960s to promote their Golliwogs biscuits. It was part of the contents of the Guests Golliwogs Bis ...

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