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Basket from north Queensland
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.
The basket is in the process of being accessioned.
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
The Arched window is one of three that would transport Play School viewers from the program's studio into the outside world. Sophie Jensen, curator, describes the place of Play School in the imaginations of generations of Australian children.
The window is part of our Play School collection.
Convict punishment shoe
For curator Michelle Hetherington, a shoe designed to harm its wearer invokes the cruelty of Australia's history as Britain's dumping ground.
Syringe used in myxomatosis trials
This syringe is a weapon, used in the war against rabbits. Kirsten Wehner, curator, explains her fascination with this disturbing object, which points to a big story in Australian history.
Joan Richmond's number plate
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.
This suitcase is a powerful reminder of a Latvian family's displacement, separation and reunion. Jeni White, educator, unpacks the story.
The suitcase is part of our handling collection and is used in our school programs.
Dan tre – Vietnamese bamboo musical instrument
As curator Jennifer Wilson explains, Vietnamese music teacher Minh Tran Nguyen handcrafted this 23-stringed dan tre in 1982 in a refugee camp. For the next decade it connected Minh with the country and family he left behind, and when he was reunited with his family in 1990 he donated the instrument to the National Museum.
Learn more about the dan tre
Lorna Schmider-Woodcock, executive support officer, describes the personal and historical value of a bright yellow jacket worn by her godmother, Jackie Huggins, in her activist work for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Learn about all the objects in the Jackie Huggins collection.
Bealiba gold nugget
Stephen Munro, curator, tells the amazing story of this 400-million-year-old object's discovery – a full century after the Victorian gold rush.