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Compelling stories of cherished objects from the Museum's collection.

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. Curator Lee Burgess, who grew up in the same area, tells the story.

Wooden container 2:24

Jilda Andrews, the Museum's access and outreach programs coordinator, 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, curator, 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, curator, tells the story of her amazing adventure.

Dan tre – Vietnamese bamboo musical instrument 2:02

As curator Jennifer Wilson explains, Vietnamese music teacher Minh Tran Nguyen handcrafted this 23-stringed dan 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, educator, unpacks the story.

Syringe used in myxomatosis trials 1:56

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

Convict punishment shoe 1:51

For curator Michelle Hetherington, a shoe designed to harm its wearer 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, curator, tells the amazing story of this 400-million-year-old object's discovery — a full century after the Victorian gold rush.

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