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The Museum continues to make the National Historical Collection available for loan as well as bringing in material for its own exhibitions from around Australia and internationally. This program of inward and outward loans underlines the Museum's commitment to the concept of a distributed national collection - a cooperative national network approach to identifying, managing and making accessible cultural collections across Australia.

Significant objects in the National Historical Collection which continue to be on loan to other museums and art galleries include:

  • the Endeavour cannon to the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, originally loaned in the 1980s

  • the Endeavour anchor to the James Cook Historical Museum in Cooktown, Queensland, originally loaned in the 1980s

  • Boer War objects to the Australian War Memorial, loaned in 1989

  • the Stream anchor from Matthew Flinder's vessel, the Investigator, to the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle, originally loaned in the 1980s

  • Cobb and Co Coach no. 112 to the Queensland Museum in Toowoomba, originally loaned in the early 1990s

  • Dhava Singh's hawker's wagon, and blacksmithing tools from the Locker collection to the Stockmen's Hall of Fame at Longreach in Queensland, originally loaned in the early 1990s

  • a large collection of historically important mineral specimens to the Australian Miners' and Prospectors' Hall of Fame in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, loaned in 2001.

A full list of current outward loans is in Appendix 5.

Since 1 July 2000, 151 collections on loan from 82 institutions and 69 individuals have been used in Museum exhibitions to complement objects from the Museum's own collections and to enhance individual stories being told. Objects lent to the Museum during the year are listed in Appendix 4.











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