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A crowd of people on top of a wall with a gate of stone columns behind them.
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Fall of the Berlin Wall

Dr Rolf Schmidt on witnessing history unfold.

An apprehensive young woman is about to eat a mouthful of food.
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Fusion, feminism and food

Flavours that flipped Australian kitchens.

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Origins

What are your origins? Where have Victorians come from? Why did they come? This website presents government census information on Victorian communities from 85 countries of origin.

Black and white photo of a man in a suit operating a very old computer which is several cabinets in a row with many wires, switches and dials.
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CSIRAC - the world's oldest intact first-generation electronic computer

When it was built CSIRAC was at the cutting edge of the new field of computing.

Mansard towers from Douglas Parade, Spotswood Pumping Station, circa 1982.
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Pumping Station

The fascinating story of one of Australia's most important industrial heritage sites.

Black and white image of a man standing next to a telescope
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Great Melbourne Telescope

Great Melbourne Telescope project website. The goal is to restore the telescope to working order so that it may be used for educational and public viewing.

Cable Tram
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Marvellous Melbourne

By world standards, Melbourne is a young city but it has layers of history. Discover how each era shaped the city we see today.

Portrait of a woman in a carpark wrapped in a possum skin cloak.
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The timeless and living art of possum skin cloaks

Possum skin cloak making is flourishing in 2019.

Exhibition entry with visitors looking at language map
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First Peoples

The First Peoples exhibition is a shared endeavour of Museums Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal community. The First Peoples Yulendj Group of Elders and community representatives have brought their knowledge, stories, culture, objects and images to guide the exhibition's development.

Indigenous Protest, Australian Bicentenary, 1988
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Indigenous Protest, Australian Bicentenary, 1988

On 26 January 1988, more than 40,000 people, including Aborigines from across the country and non-Indigenous supporters, staged what was the largest march in Sydney since the Vietnam moratorium.

Doll's house interior 21 room fully furnished doll' house representing a typical English country house of the Georgian period that would have been built around 1740, but is now shown with some interiors that have been remodelled to the taste of the 'owners' up to about 1860.
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Discover Documentary: Pendle Hall

Join Michael Reason, Curator of History and Technology as he takes us on a tour of a piece of prime real estate in miniature, Pendle Hall.

Conservation at Museums Victoria.
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Discover Documentary: Conservation

From wedding dresses to meteorites, our Conservation team protect and preserve over 17 million objects in Museums Victoria's collection. This episode of Discover takes a look at how they do it!

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Journeys to Australia

Immigration is a vital feature of Australia's history and national identity. Celebrate the journeys that changed Australia forever.

Men Posing With Gold Trophy Outside the Long Tunnel Mine, Walhalla, Victoria, circa 1875.
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Immigration to Victoria

A decade by decade overview highlighting policy and social developments, shifts in population and demographics, and immigration's impact upon Indigenous Australians.

Immigration Museum from Flinders Street in afternoon
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Customs House

Home of the Immigration Museum, and one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings.

garden
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The Plants of Milarri Garden

Milarri Garden is located within the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum.

Trees in Toolangi State Forest
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Forest Secrets

The forested mountains which embrace the city of Melbourne are the setting for giant trees, dramatic geological events, human stories of tragedy and triumph, evolution of unique organisms and regular occurrence of bushfires.

Black and white family portrait
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Immigrant Stories

Each immigrant has their own unique story to tell. This website explores why they came, where they settled and how they started a new life in Victoria.

Woman holding chickens
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Invisible Farmer

The largest ever study of Australian women on the land is revealing the hidden stories of women farmers.

Group of women holding a protest banner
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History starts today

A new collection of banners from the 2017 Women's March on Melbourne has important historical links.

Shipping line postcard
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The Lloyd Triestino Trio

What was the Lloyd Triestino Trio?  

WWI soldier
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WWI & Australian military history

A guide to finding information about soldiers’ war-time experiences and Australia’s military history

Group of four men looking into a box with a carving in it.
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Baradine Repatriation of Carved Tree (Dendroglyph)

Carved burial tree returned to traditional owners.

penny coin
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Coins and medals

Where to go to find out more about your coins and medals.

Barramundi
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A treasure trove of freshwater fish biodiversity

The Kimberley region in Australia’s northwest is one our last great pristine unspoilt places, and a hotspot for species discovery.

Sione Napi Francis showing Princess Saloe items from the Museum’s collection, including a Rotuman Fine mat, during her visit to Melbourne Museum, 2018.
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A pathway for First Nations identity and meaning in the GLAM sector

In April this year the Honourable Princess Salote Maumautaimi Tuku’aho of Tonga visited Melbourne Museum's First Peoples and Te Pasifika exhibitions.

Cover of a motion film box
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Audio-Visual Material in the Kodak Heritage Collection at Museums Victoria

This audio-visual material in the Kodak collection is evocative and valuable in the study of Kodak’s history.

Two people in a museum collection store looking at clothing
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Fashion Redux at Melbourne Museum

Major fashion names used the Museums State Collection, in collaboration with Melbourne Fashion Festival, to create a completely unique look.

People wearing high vis working on a beach
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The 700

More than 700 individuals whose combined efforts, starting in 1984, have brought to light fossils in what has been dubbed by one of them “The Dinosaur Dreaming Project”.

Auntie Veronica Barnett hand feeding eels, Milarri Garden, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum, 2011.
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Interview with Auntie Veronica Barnett

Museums Victoria staff member Auntie Veronica shares her story with archivist Nik Mcgrath.

The tower which formed the centre of an octagonal glasshouse in The System Garden.
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Our first Director's vision for a University Botanical Garden

How Melbourne University's System Garden came to be.

Sepia portrait of a young man
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The sting of the final letter

Transcribing George Lyell's final documents.

An illustration of two crested penguins taken from a rare book
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How to take care of rare books

Five golden rules to follow in taking care of your own collection.

Family in front of house
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Locating living people

How can I locate living people?

Man with a crate in a museum store
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HV McKay crate

Lid lifted on mystery artefact.

detail if a decorated boomerang
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Rare scene of first European contact

Provenance of carved boomerang uncovered.

children in a museum gallery
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The art of the diorama

An overview of a classic type of museum display.

Museum exhibition display
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Australia Day

What is the history of our national holiday?

Extended family standing around suitcase on Station Pier, under a large roofed structure. Two men, two women, two boys and two infant children. There is a large suitcase in the foreground with rugs strapped to the side. Cars are parked in the background.
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The journey to Station Pier

Melbourne’s heritage-listed Station Pier was Victoria’s most important arrival point for migrants.

Basket, Binak, Healesville, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
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Basket, Binak, Healesville, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia

Coiled basket, or binak, with oval base, possibly purchased from Coranderrk Aboriginal Station circa 1870s-1880s.

Football jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993
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Football jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993

St Kilda Football Club jumper worn by Nicky Winmar during his celebrated stand against racism in sport in 1993.

Melbourne's Biggest Family Album collection
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Melbourne's Biggest Family Album collection

In 2006 over 1000 favourite photographs of Melbourne were collected from Melburnians' private albums.

Phar Lap collection
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Phar Lap collection

Over 350 items of racing equipment and memorabilia relating to champion racehorse Phar Lap.

Tapestry with outline of Australia and text.
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The Federation Tapestry

Almost 41m long and 20,000 hours in the making, the tapestry marks the centenary of Australia's Federation.

Brass instrument in glazed wooden case.
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Melbourne Observatory collection

Over 400 objects and images relating to the operation of Melbourne Observatory from 1863 to 1944.

Stool, Papua New Guinea
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Stool, Papua New Guinea

A stool made from a single piece of wood with a standing figure forming the back. 

Maori Feather cloak
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Maori Feather cloak

Kahuhuruhuru is the name for this type of cloak made of fine fibres made from flax or whitau.

Extinct mammal incisor with scratches.
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Diprotodon tooth

A tooth fossil showing markings which appear to be man-made.

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