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About our collections

Shoes from the Springfield collection
The National Historical Collection is the National Museum of Australia’s core collection of Australian history. The Springfield collection is one of our finest and includes fashions from five generations of the one family.

Recent acquisition

Black and white portrait of Ken Ross, 1917. Courtesy Jan Couchman.

The Ken Ross cycling collection features medals from a champion six-day cycling racer.

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Painting of a large yellow square in a dark grey background with tracks on the left and bottom.

Do you know anything about the works in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection?

Recent acquisition

1866 Melbourne Cup

The 1866 Melbourne Cup is the earliest known Melbourne Cup in its original state.

Convict love tokens

Token engraved with the words 'Thomas Lock age 22'.

Explore our entire collection of convict love tokens in our
award-winning collection interactive.

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We hold a rich and diverse collection of Australian historical material in trust for the nation.

Our online Collection Explorer provides digital access to a subset of the collection of more than 200,000 objects.