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Penelope Ikinger

Collection Manager, International Indigenous Collections

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I have been working with Indigenous collections and peoples from around the globe for several decades. I have extensive experience in both collection management and curation, with a focus on Indigenous ethnographic collections from the Pacific Islands. I have also worked with collections from Africa, Asia and the Americas, as well as collections from Aboriginal Australia. Prior to joining Museums Victoria, I worked in the Anthropology Department at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

In my current position as Collection Manager of the International Indigenous Collections at Museums Victoria, I am responsible for the care of approximately 23,000 objects. The Oceanic ethnographic collection – representing the diverse material cultures of Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia – with over 17,600 objects, is one of the largest and most significant public collections of its kind in the world.

Key areas of my work include registration and cataloguing, administration of loans, digitisation of collection material, acquisitions and enhancement of the collections via documentation and research, and physical care of the collections.

My areas of interest include archaeology, anthropology, history, contemporary art and music. I am a member of the Australasian Registrars Committee, the Oceanic Arts Society, Music Victoria and the Australasian Performing Right Association. I am a practising musician with a keen interest in cross-cultural collaboration and have both performed and recorded internationally with musicians from Japan, France and the USA.


Bachelor of Arts (Classical Studies/Pre-Classical Antiquity), University of Melbourne

Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Museum Studies), Deakin University

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