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Olympic Games participants' medal, 1956

This is a copper medal struck for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. On the obverse is the coat of arms of Melbourne under the Olympic rings and a kangaroo. Around the rim is inscribed: 'OLYMPIC GAMES MELBOURNE / 1956'. The reverse features nine pairs of athletes marching around the rim. One figure holds the Olympic flag. ...


Magic lantern glass slide, Crystal Palace, c1875

This is a glass slide for use in a magic lantern projector. It is a tinted colour photograph of an interior of the Crystal Palace in London, England, and it was made in about 1875.


Book Binders float, Federation celebrations, Melbourne, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the Book Binders float in the Trades procession, part of the Federation celebrations in Melbourne. In this image, which was taken in Collins Street on 11 May 1901, over the heads of the crowd can be seen four white horses pulling a wooden-wheeled wagon. The wagon has ...


King's Arch constructed for Federation celebrations in Melbourne, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the King's Arch in Swanston Street, Melbourne, erected for the Federation celebrations in May 1901.


Melbourne International Exhibition gold prize medal, 1880

This is a gold medal from the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. On the obverse is the head of Queen Victoria, with the words 'MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX' around the edge. On the reverse is a quote from Virgil's 'Aeneid' in Latin: "VITAM EXCOLUERE PER ARTES" (life improved through arts) surrounded ...


Menu for Commonwealth Celebrations, 1901

This is a small folder containing a menu. It is printed on four sides (two visible here). The front is in brown, gold and green, with images of kangaroos, tree ferns and wattle in a frame. Printed on the front are the words: 'COMMONWEALTH / CELEBRATIONS / CONVERSAZIONE / Given by / THE STATE OF / VICTORIA / AT THE EXHIBITION ...


'Federation celebrations Melbourne 1901' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel titled 'Federation celebrations Melbourne 1901', designed by cartoonist Bruce Petty and woven by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop for Australia's Centenary of Federation in 2001. In a largely black-and-white panel, Petty depicts the 1901 Federation celebrations in Melbourne, portraying the Chinese ...


Crowd scene at Federation celebrations in Melbourne, May 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting crowds in Swanston Street during the Federation celebrations in Melbourne, May 1901. A cable tram is travelling under the Chinese arch in the background.


Municipal Arch, Federation celebrations, Melbourne 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the Municipal Arch, Princes Bridge, constructed as part of the Federation celebrations in Melbourne, May 1901. In the image a horse and buggy is being driven towards us. This view from the south shows the prow of a galley ship, the Ship of State, in the centre of the ...


Exhibition Building illuminated for the Federation celebrations, Melbourne 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the illuminated Exhibition Building at night during the Federation celebrations in Melbourne in May 1901. Ten thousand lights outlined the Exhibition Building when this image was taken. The upper lights were white, and the lower lights ruby red. They are reflected in ...


Collection from the NSW Women's Christian Temperance Union office, 1882-1990

This is a banner from the former office of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of NSW. The banner has a royal blue background with gold tassels on the scalloped lower edge. On the top are five loops for hanging the banner. Painted in gold on the banner is: ' CHRISTIAN / TEMPERANCE UNION / SYDNEY / BRANCH / ORGANISED ...


Official directory of guests for the opening of the first Parliament, 1901

This is a hard-covered book titled 'Our invited guests: an official directory of the guests invited to Melbourne May 9th 1901 for the opening of the first parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia'. The book cover, shown here, is blue with gold lettering and detail. At top left is the Advance Australia coat of arms and ...


Family sharing chocolate Easter eggs, 1963 or 1964

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Ellerbock family sharing chocolate Easter eggs outside their house in Ringwood East on Easter Sunday in 1963 or 1964. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.


Medal from Cole's Book Arcade, c1885

This is a gilt bronze medal from Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne. On the obverse is a tree fern and the words: 'THE / GOVERNMENT / OF / RIGHT / THE / RELIGION / OF / GOODNESS / THE / ENGLISH / LANGUAGE / IMPROVED / BY THE / BEST WORDS / OF ALL OTHER / LANGUAGES'. On the reverse is another inscription around a rainbow: 'UNITED ...


Royal yacht Ophir, Federation celebrations, 1901

This is a glass plate negative stereograph depicting the royal yacht Ophir anchored in Port Phillp Bay with a longboat in the foreground. The Ophir conveyed the royal visitors, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, to the Federation celebrations in Melbourne in May 1901.


Queen Victoria diamond jubilee medal issued by the Shire of Traralgon, 1897

This is a gilt medal issued by the Shire of Traralgon to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. The obverse features busts of a young and old Queen Victoria, and is inscribed: 'QUEEN VICTORIA'S 60TH YEAR OF REIGN / 1837 TO 1897'. The reverse has an image of the Traralgon Shire Hall with the inscription: 'SHIRE ...


'The Heidelberg School' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. The background is white and pale pink. There are portraits of artists Tom Roberts (at left) and Arthur Streeton (at right) as young men. At left is the cover of the catalogue from the 9 x 5 Impression exhibition of 1889. At the bottom is an extract from Joseph Furphy's ...


Ball made from rubber bands, 1989

This is a rubber-band ball made by Nerrida Colelough at the Children's Museum 'You're IT!' exhibition held in Melbourne in 1989. It is a replica of a rubber-band ball she made and played with about 1980 from rubber bands supplied by her uncle, a post-office worker. This object is part of the Australian Children's Folklore ...


Family walking to Anzac ceremony at Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, 1935 or 1936

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Allen family in Melbourne on ANZAC Day, 25 April, in 1935 or 1936. From the left are Walter, Ada, Perce, Mary and Heather Allen. They have watched the Anzac Day march and are walking to the ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in the King's Domain parklands adjacent to St ...


A curator's life

Imagine what it would feel like to spend your life looking after remnants of the past. This is the life of many museum curators. Enchanted by old things since childhood, Catherine Reade has turned this love into a career where she can use her knowledge of art history to help manage and care for collections of art and artefacts.