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The Trevor Kennedy Collection features stunning artworks, furniture, jewellery and ceramics that reveal stories of colonial life and society and defining moments in Australian history, including Federation, the discovery of gold and great sporting feats. It profiles Australian craft and design and artisans who created a new, exciting Australian style.

The Trevor Kennedy Collection: Highlights exhibition of 500 objects was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 21 April to 12 August 2021.

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Take a video tour around Trevor Kennedy's Kent Street museum in Sydney and hear the story behind this unique collection of a man with a tremendous vision – one now shared with the nation.

An extraordinary collection

Read Senior Curator Sophie Jensen's reflections on the Trevor Kennedy Collection – the story behind Trevor's inspired collecting and a curator’s delight at exploring his Kent Street museum.

Trevor Kennedy sitting on a chair next to a longcase clock. - click to view larger image
Trevor Kennedy with a 1922 Robert Prenzel longcase clock

Acquired in 2020, the Trevor Kennedy Collection was the Museum's largest and most significant acquisition to date.

The National Museum of Australia thanks Trevor and Christina Kennedy and their family for their generosity, time and support.

Trevor Kennedy:

'I’m pleased that my collection has finally found a new home at the National Museum of Australia and that such a large portion of my collection can largely stay together, retaining its character and integrity.'

'My hope is that these treasures will be seen and appreciated by generations of Australians across the country, giving them the opportunity to explore and better understand our nation’s remarkable history, the quality and traditions of Australian craftsmanship and design and through this the character unique to this nation.'

Digitised records for the collection are being added to the Museum’s website.

Read the exhibition media release

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