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.

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.

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. 

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.

colourful wing sculpture
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Bunjil's wings

A glimpse of First Peoples multimedia installation.

Portrait of a woman
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Being present

Indigenous Contemporary Art and Cultural Practices in the Museum
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.

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
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.

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The Plants of Milarri Garden

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

Four men with a fossil skull and tooth model
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2017 Round Up

Museums Victoria had a massive year – take a look at our Top 10 moments.

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.

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.

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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