The Australian Aboriginal Collection

The Australian Museum cares for over 20,000 ethnographic objects acquired from many communities across Australia.

Ethnographic Collection: Australia

Ethnographic Collection: Australia
Creator:  © Australian Museum

The first Indigenous Australian objects were collected for the museum in the late 1870’s. Sadly, almost all of these early collections were destroyed in the Garden Palace fire of 1882. Since then, the Australian Museum has acquired various objects, from traditional objects to contemporary, that reflect the changes in how objects are made and used.

The collection is comprised of a wide range of objects, including weapons, body ornaments, tools, bark paintings, toys and contemporary art and sculpture from all across Australia.


Ms Rebecca Fisher , Collections Officer - Culture: Australia
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