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First Peoples

Celebrating the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria’s Aboriginal people. 

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.

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.

Lisa Jones, Larry Walsh and Rosemary Wrench
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Listening to Elders

Community elders guide Museums Victoria in representing First Peoples.

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.

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.

Rusty iron shed bearing a sign reading 'Gurindji Mining Lease and Cattle Station'. A Ford Zephyr is parked out the front.
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Gurindji Blues Post Script

Unknown and unlikely facets of the Wave Hill Walk-off and the Gurindji people’s quest for independence, 50 years on
Cover of Boorun's Canoe: A Journey of Connection
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Boorun's Canoe

A journey of connection
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.

pink cockatoo
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Indigenous Biodiversity

An Aboriginal perspective on Australia's threatened species.

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Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

colourful wing sculpture
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Bunjil's wings

A glimpse of First Peoples multimedia installation.

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.

Detail of spears on grey background
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Contemporary reimagining of a museum collection

An analysis of change in a collection of spears from Milingimbi, Arnhem Land
Cover of First People: The Eastern Kulin of Melbourne, Port Phillip & Central Victoria
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First People

The Eastern Kulin of Melbourne, Port Phillip & Central Victoria
Cover of Aboriginal String Bags, Nets and Cordage
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Aboriginal String Bags, Nets and Cordage

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The Plants of Milarri Garden

Milarri means 'outdoors' in Boon Wurrung and Woi wurrung.

River at sunset
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Discover Documentary: The Murray Explored Bioscan

Following in the footsteps of William Blandowski, the Museum's first curator.

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The genealogy of the genealogical method

Discoveries, disseminations and the historiography of British anthropology
Portrait of a woman
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Being present

Indigenous Contemporary Art and Cultural Practices in the Museum
Man photographing rock formations in bushland
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Fish traps and stone houses

New archaeological insights into Gunditjmara use of the Budj Bim lava flow of southwest Victoria over the past 7000 years
Green and Golden Bell Frog, sitting on reeds.
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From the Bog to the Biobank

A Quest to Understand Victoria's Endangered Frogs
detail if a decorated boomerang
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Rare scene of first European contact

Provenance of carved boomerang uncovered.

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.

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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