The Pacific Collections at Museums Victoria

A brief introduction and aspirations for the future

Dr Elizabeth Bonshek

In this talk Dr Bonshek briefly outlines the composition of the Pacific collection and by drawing upon her research on museum collections from Melanesia, she discusses the special role museum collections can have in researching the past and their importance for community members in contemplating the future.


Dr Elizabeth Bonshek has worked in museums and with museum collections from the Pacific region since 1987. Her doctoral research was undertaken in Collingwood Bay, Papua New Guinea and she was awarded her degree by the Australian National University.

This lecture was part of History, Culture & Collections, our monthly lecture series held at Melbourne Museum.

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