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From our collection
Childhood-related objects from our extensive online collection.

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood'
From classroom resources
An animation based on a wall hanging in our collection and the Brothers Grimm story.

Food Stories

Food stories
From online features
School gardens, Stephanie Alexander and stories from our collection.


  Collection highlights

O gauge trains from Australia and New Zealand in the 1930s-1960s.
Customised camping gear used by the Dunphy family on bushwalks in the Blue Mountains in the 1930s.
Made by teenager Nettie McColive while growing up on an isolated SA dairy farm in the 1930s.
A girl's costume handmade during the Depression to promote her father's availability for work.
A mother's gift to her daughter, complete with miniature furnishings and figurines.
Precious personal objects from a distinguished cultural and business leader.
A powerful symbol of the systemic removal of Indigenous children from their families.
Linked to a dramatic story of a dog saving a man during a flash flood in a Melbourne street in the 1880s.
A rare record of life in the 19th century as drawn by a young Aboriginal man in Queensland.
Clocks and the windows from Australia's longest-running children's TV show.
An 1850s children's game produced in England after gold was discovered in Australia.
A handmade wall-hanging which illustrates a powerful story of postwar migration.
A treasured toy pig won by a girl on the way to meeting her father after the Second World War.
A 19th-century theatre complete with plays and more than 800 props.
A 'make-do' toy tractor owned by a young boy living in rural Australia during the Second World War.