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Sanitising or celebrating the past? The Van Diemen's Land Memorial Folk Museum 1957-2007

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Petrow, S, Sanitising or celebrating the past? The Van Diemen's Land Memorial Folk Museum 1957-2007, ReCollections: Journal of the National Museum of Australia, 4, (2) EJ ISSN 1833-1335 (2009) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

In 1957 the Van Diemen's Land Memorial Folk Museum was opened in the Georgina townhouse of Narryna in Hobart, Tasmania. This was the first folk museum to be established in Australia. It spoke to the middle-class need to distance itself from the island's origins as a penal colony and to stress the contribution of the pioneer free settlers in forging a respectable society in the first half of the nineteenth century. This article describes how the rich colonial collection was exhibited and assesses visitor and museological reactions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Curatorial and Related Studies
Research Field:Museum Studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Author:Petrow, S (Professor Stefan Petrow)
ID Code:60257
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2010-01-27
Last Modified:2012-01-25
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