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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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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
One of three Chinese dolls, which were given to Nancy (born 1918), Elizabeth (born 1922) and David (born 1926) Murdoch in the 1920s by their aunt Dora (Murdoch) Long (born in 1874) in t ...Images: 3
Metal cross which would most likely have been worn around the neck. The engraved design on the front of the cross is a Eastern Orthodox Cross also known as a Byzantine, Greek Orthodox, ...Images: 1
Souvenir of t-shirt issued as part of the ANAHI (Spanish-speaking Women's Collective) activities for Spanish-speaking women held in Melbourne in 1991. It is part of a collection of mate ...Images: 1
Red t-shirt designed by leakeg, circa 2009. The t-shirt features a white printed map of Australia with the slogan 'Fuck On We're Empty'. This T-shirt is an example of individual designe ...Images: 1
Hand made pennant for the Sezione Fascista (Fascist Section) Werribee. It was made and used between 1929 - 1945 in Werribee, Victoria. Sezione Fascista were established in overseas Ital ...Images: 2
Teale t-shirt designed by leakeg, circa 2009. The t-shirt features a white printed map of Australia with the slogan 'Fuck On We're Empty'. This T-shirt is an example of individual desig ...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
Yellow sash, embroidered with C. S. Bartolomeo. It belonged to Marcello D'Amico who migrated to Australia in 1955 at the age of 14 from the Island of Salina (Aeolian Islands). The embro ...Images: 1