Skip to content

The Museum is temporarily closed. See Plan your visit

Object Stories — a collection of compelling stories about cherished objects — was a collaboration between the National Museum, ABC Open and Radio National.

See our Museum video stories. Hearty thanks to the 600 people who shared their stories with the ABC.

Basket from North Queensland 1:54

Nywaigi people from North Queensland discovered a traditional lawyer cane basket in our collection, and then visited to see it. Lee Burgess, who grew up in the same area, tells the story.

Wooden container 2:24

Jilda Andrews found a wooden container in the collection that reconnects the women in her family across time and a shifting cultural landscape.

Arched window from Play School 2:13

The arched window is one of three that would transport Play School viewers into the outside world. Sophie Jensen describes the place of Play School in the imaginations of generations of Australian children.

Joan Richmond's number plate 1:38

To reach the starting line of the 1932 Monte Carlo Rally, Joan Richmond drove across Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Jo Bach tells the story of her amazing adventure.

Ðàn tre – Vietnamese bamboo musical instrument 2:02

Jennifer Wilson shares the story of Vietnamese music teacher Minh Tran Nguyen handcrafting this 23-stringed đàn tre in 1982 in a refugee camp.

Andrejs’ suitcase 1:51

This suitcase is a powerful reminder of a Latvian family’s displacement, separation and reunion. Jeni White  unpacks the story.

Syringe used in myxomatosis trials 1:56

This syringe is a weapon, used in the war against rabbits. Kirsten Wehne explains her fascination with this disturbing object.

Convict punishment shoe 1:51

Michelle Hetherington on a shoe designed to harm its wearer and the way it invokes the cruelty of Australia's history as Britain's dumping ground.

Reconciliation jacket 1:54

Lorna Schmider-Woodcock describes the personal and historical value of a bright yellow jacket worn by her godmother, Jackie Huggins.

Bealiba gold nugget 1:59

Stephen Munro tells the amazing story of this 400-million-year-old object's discovery — a century after the Victorian gold rush.

Return to Top