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.

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Invisible Farmer

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

Black and white photo of a girl in parade costume
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From Robe to Chinese Fortunes

A bilingual exhibition exploring the individual stories of early Chinese Australians.

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.

Phar Lap collection
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Phar Lap collection

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

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History starts today

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

Girls looking into case
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The Melbourne Story

An exhibition packed with icons of the city's past and present.

Interior of the Royal Exhibition Building
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Walk through History

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
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WWI: Love & Sorrow

WWI: Love & Sorrow explores the impact of the war on Australian families. This website is based on the exhibition at Melbourne Museum

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Beyond kilts and bagpipes

Scottish associational culture and its wider impact on Australian society, circa 1840 to 1920
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Leaving Home

What would it take to make you leave your homeland and travel thousands of miles to another country?

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The genealogy of the genealogical method

Discoveries, disseminations and the historiography of British anthropology
Black and white image of a woman milking a cow
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The Invisible Farmer

Securing the history of Australian farming women
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.

CSIRAC collection
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CSIRAC collection

Objects, images and documents relating to one of the first stored memory digital electronic computers.

Portrait of a woman
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Being present

Indigenous Contemporary Art and Cultural Practices in the Museum
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.

Horse Phar Lap on display in the Melbourne Story gallery
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Phar Lap

Australia's greatest racehorse.

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.

Black and white illustrations of Customs House
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Old Customs House - Melbourne

The Customs House building is one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings. Learn more about the history of this iconic building.

The Biggest Family Album in Australia collection
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The Biggest Family Album in Australia collection

Over 9000 photographs from rural and regional Victoria dating from the 1890s to the 1940s.

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.

Cover of <em>The Place for a Village: How Nature Has Shaped the City of Melbourne</em>
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The Place for a Village

How nature has shaped the city of Melbourne
Black and white family portrait
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Immigrant stories

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

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Getting In

More than 9 million people have migrated to Australia since 1788. Countless others have tried and failed.

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Customs Gallery

The story of Customs House, where officials controlled what – and who – could enter Victoria.

Gung Family collection
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Gung Family collection

This collection provides an insight into the Gung family's experiences of migrating to Australia from China at the beginning of the twentieth century. Their story forms part of the Immigrant Stories exhibition at the Immigration Museums

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Journeys of a Lifetime

No matter when they arrived, all immigrants are linked by the common experience of a journey.

Still from Heartlands 2016 Arts Project: My First Love
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His first love: Heartlands 2016 Arts Project

A touching story about an old computer.

Nickel Mundabi Ngadwa, Congolese refugee artist, 2009
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Nickel Mundabi Ngadwa, Congolese refugee artist, 2009

Now a professional artist based in Shepparton, Nickel's refugee story begins with taking flight from Congo.

Karl Friedrich Muffler, German migrant, pastry chef & internee, 1930
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Karl Friedrich Muffler, German migrant, pastry chef & internee, 1930

After migrating from Germany in 1930, Karl Muffler was interned in Melbourne throughout WWII.

Steam pumping engine
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Pumping Station

This website explores the history of the Spotswood Pumping Station, one of Australia's most important industrial heritage sites.

Entrance to Think Ahead
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Think Ahead

What will the future be like?

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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.

Kodak Heritage Collection
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Kodak Heritage Collection

A unique and extensive collection that documents the history of the photographic industry in Australia.

1950s powerboat in the museum's collection store
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Collection Store tours

See highlights from our historic collection and discover some of Melbourne’s fascinating past.

four men in front of a pumping engine
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Pumping Station tours

A tour filled with stories of old Melbourne and Victorian engineering feats.

Red Chamberlain tractor on display at Scienceworks
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Tractor - Chamberlain, prototype light tractor, 1959

Intended to compete with the popular Ferguson tractors, this Australian-built prototype never entered production.

Old wire strainer
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From Polyzosteria limbata to wire strainers

A life wandering in and out of museums (and why they matter)
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A Flying Life

John Duigan and the first Australian aeroplane
Sunshine Stripper Harvester
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Sunshine Stripper Harvester

The story of the most commercially successful Australian designed harvester.

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.

Bill Onus, President of the Victorian Aborigines' Advancement League, May 1967
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Ganbu Yalingbu. Ngulu-Bulok.

Celebrating a major turning point in Australian history, Bunjilaka presents an exhibition marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. This collection of work by local Koorie artists reflects on a national movement united for Aboriginal Human Rights.

Lisa Jones, Larry Walsh and Rosemary Wrench
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Listening to Elders

Community elders guide Museums Victoria in representing First Peoples.

Exhibition entry with visitors looking at language map
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First Peoples

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

colourful wing sculpture
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Bunjil's wings

A glimpse of First Peoples multimedia installation.

garden
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Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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.

pink cockatoo
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Indigenous Biodiversity

An Aboriginal perspective on Australia's threatened species.

Book - A.O. Neville, 'Australia's Coloured Minority: Its Place in the Community'
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Book - A.O. Neville, 'Australia's Coloured Minority: Its Place in the Community'

In this book, Neville articulates of the belief that assimilation of Aboriginal people of mixed descent could only occur through 'breeding out the colour'. 

Eel model
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Kooyang diorama in First Peoples

Exhibiting one of the world’s oldest aquaculture systems.

Detail of zinc etching
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Wurreka

An etched zinc wall that spans the north wall of Birrarung Gallery and surrounds the entry to First Peoples

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
detail if a decorated boomerang
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Rare scene of first European contact

Provenance of carved boomerang uncovered.

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.

Necklace made of split and polished Sperm Whale teeth, bound with fibre, probably coconut fibre.
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Fiji's Treasured Culture

Fijian artefacts, and their traditional uses, provide glimpses of ancient Pacific cultures and Fiji’s fascinating past.

Bark cloth painted with an angular design
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The Pacific Collections at Museums Victoria

A brief introduction and aspirations for the future
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.

Carving, United States of America, North American South West
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Carving, United States of America, North American South West

The name of the Katsina represented by this tihu is Angak'china (Long Haired Kachina). 

Haida totem pole, Canada
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Haida totem pole, Canada

This twelve metre totem pole from British Columbia, Canada, has four major iconic carvings that represent the major totems that traditionally travel through the maternal line in Haida society.

Sculpture
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Aztecs lecture series

Gold crown
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Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures lecture series

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The wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia lecture series

Coffin of Tamenkhamun
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Accessing the ancient past

Ancient Egyptian antiquities
children in a museum gallery
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The art of the diorama

An overview of a classic type of museum display.

Man with a crate in a museum store
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HV McKay crate

Lid lifted on mystery artefact.

Futurama Tube Transport System
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Travel by tube?

Will we travel our future cities via vacuum transport?

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

Museum exhibition display
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Australia Day

What is the history of our national holiday?

Family in front of house
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Locating living people

How can I locate living people?

penny coin
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Coins and medals

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

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.

Pendle Hall Dolls' House
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Pendle Hall Dolls' House

A 21 room, four storey dolls' house built over 40 years by Felicity Clemons, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Syme.

Robert Lewis John Ellery, astronomer & scientist (1827-1908)
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Robert Lewis John Ellery, astronomer & scientist (1827-1908)

English-born Ellery was Government Astronomer from 1863's advent of Melbourne Observatory until 1895.

Building with telescope dome, surrounded by trees.
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Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944

Established in 1863 to serve as a scientific research institution for Melbourne.

Spotswood Sewerage Pumping Station
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Spotswood Sewerage Pumping Station

Central to Melbourne's first centralised sewerage system, this site, dating back to 1893, is heritage-listed.

Head and shoulders portrait of man
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Hermann Ralph Uhlherr, engineer (1934-present)

A passionate collector of tektites who has had an asteroid named after him.

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.

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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