The Aboriginal Object Collection at Dunkeld Museum

A partnership between the community museum and traditional owners is really important because we can't work in isolation - if we want to tell a story, everyone's got to contribute to it. Denise Lovett, Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.

Many Victorian community museums are custodians of significant Aboriginal artefacts and collections. These collections hold a wealth of stories that are important to Aboriginal people and the broader community.

Over three years, volunteers at the Dunkeld Museum and traditional owners of the Gunditjmara Nation and the Djab Wurrung, worked together to research and register the Aboriginal object collection held at the Museum. Here, we share their experiences and knowledge about the collection, and provide a step-by-step guide to the registration process.

Registering the collection has been beneficial in various ways. It's improved interpretation and presentation of Aboriginal perspectives of the district’s cultural heritage; ensured that the Dunkeld Museum meets its legal obligations under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006; fostered a partnership between the museum and traditional owners and, last but not least, provided greater access to the collection for both traditional owners and the general community.

Want to register a collection? Take a look at the Registering Victorian Aboriginal Object Collections video and text for a step-by-step guide to the process.

For more comments by Wendy Williams read the Sharing Heritage: Registering Aboriginal Object Collections blog.

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