These stories reflect a selection of the objects that appeared in the exhibition Captivating and Curious, held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the National Museum of Australia Act 1980. Objects were chosen for the exhibition both for their intrinsic historical interest, and because they are representative of the breadth and depth of the National Historical collection.
Duelling pistols owned by Major Sir Thomas Mitchell who played an important role in the early exploration of colonial Australia.
Sketchbook that belonged to Oscar, a young Aboriginal man who grew up in Queensland in the 1880s.
'Manifesto' letter by bushranger Ned Kelly which provides a detailed justification of his actions.
Elaborately constructed day dress that belonged to the Faithfull family and dates from 1875 to 1880.