Australia’s Museum Victoria celebrates 150 years of public life with a handsome volume highlighting some of its most treasured objects. Written largely by museum staff, this book brings together stories of remarkable objects from the museum’s key collecting areas: Australian society and technology, indigenous cultures and the sciences. From Phar Lap to fencing wire, Aboriginal artworks to the Giant Gippsland Earthworm, Treasures of the Museum spans the familiar and the unfamiliar, the priceless and the everyday. It is a fascinating account of the state’s culturally and scientifically significant objects, and it reveals the ways in which a collection of international import has developed.
This beautifully illustrated publication demonstrates the passion of 150 years of collecting. Special guest contributors include Stephanie Alexander and Philip Adams.