Brief descriptionA collection that reflects the material life of Western Australians from early colonial times (1820s) to the present. It presents the story of people and place in Western Australia in all its diversity.The collection consists of around 100,000 items ranging from fine lacework to motor vehicles. It features collections reflecting the early Swan River Colony, convictism, Indigenous life, the story of migration, making-do, working life including gold mining history, the Arnott, Mills and Ware Cake and Biscuit Factory, domestic work, office work and various trades, as well as a significant collection of trade union banners. It also features several important sub collections such as the ECU Museum of Childhood Collection, the nation's most extensive and significant collection of childhood material.
Full descriptionThe History Department Collection reflects the material life of Western Australians presenting the story of people and place in Western Australia in all its diversity. The collection includes material acquired by the Museum since the 1890s, some of which came from much earlier collections such as that of the Swan River Mechanics Institute. It has been shaped by the different approaches and priorities to collecting over that period. Earlier collecting was generally influenced by interests in types of material contrasting sharply with collecting strategies over the past few decades which have been underpinned by historical themes. The collection consists of around 100,000 items, the majority acquired by donation, and ranges from hatpins to traction engines. Categories of material include for example historical vehicles, agricultural equipment, costume and textiles, furniture, arms and military history, numismatics and philately. It features collections reflecting the early Swan River Colony, convictism, Indigenous life, the story of migration, making-do, working life including gold mining history, the Arnott, Mills and Ware Cake and Biscuit Factory, domestic work, office work and various trades, as well as a significant collection of trade union banners. In 2008 the Department acquired the Edith Cowan University Museum of Childhood Collection, the most significant collection of childhood material culture in Australia.
NotesDate notes: The bulk of the collection spans the period from the early Eighteenth Century to the present. Individual items date from earlier periods.
Data time period: 1700 to 1799
Spatial Coverage And Location
text: Western Australia
text: Swan River Colony
18th century to present | Aboriginal culture | Aboriginal peoples | Aboriginal peoples (Australians) | Arnott, Mills and Ware Cake and Biscuit Factory | Artefacts | Books | Children | Commerce | Costume | Costume accessories | Depression | Documents | Domestic equipment | Domestic life | ECU Museum of Childhood Collection | Economic depressions | Exploration | Flags | Furniture | Housework | Indigenous Australian peoples | Indigenous life | Migrants | Military History | Multiculturalism | Ornaments | Personal effects | Photographs | Photography | Swan River Colony | Technology | Toys | Transport | Uniforms | Unions | Western Australian Museum | Working life | World War One | World war Two | arms | audio-visual technology | ceramics | childhood | civic mementoes | civil engineering | communication | convictism | convicts | domestic work | economic depression | education | electrical technology | employment | essential services | food technology | furnishings | gas technology | glass technology | globes | gold mining | handcrafts | historical archaeology | history | horology | household objects | illustrations | immigration | improvisation | industries | infants | lighting | machinery | making-do | manchester | manufactured objects | maritime technology | medicine | memorials | migration | mining | musical instruments | office work | recreations | religions | rural industry | sciences | societies | street furniture | surveying | textile machinery | theatre relics | toilet requisites | tools | trade union banners | trade unions | trades | transport objects | trophies and awards | world wars |
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