Welcome to the Museum of Australian Democracy’s (MoAD) resource FINDERS KEEPERS – personal objects as primary sources.
The following three resources support the use of objects from the museum’s collection in the lower primary, upper primary and secondary classroom. MoAD is located in the nationally listed heritage building Old Parliament House in Parkes, Canberra. Old Parliament House was the home of the Federal Parliament from 1927 to 1988.
Museums collect objects with stories to tell – objects both ordinary and extraordinary. We are story-finders. MoAD collects objects that reveal the stories behind the ideas, movements, individuals and events that have shaped Australia’s democracy. We seek stories that reveal the workings of Australia’s government and our society’s popular movements, about the lives of our prime ministers and those who have most influenced our political life.
Some of us collect things for the stories they tell about our lives and our families, or about where we come from. Others collect things that have personal, aesthetic or emotional appeal for them.
This resource focuses on the museum’s Neil Baker Collection and has been developed for lower primary students. MoAD is fortunate that former telecommunications technician Neil Baker saw treasure in humble office technology, passionately believed in its future value and preserved it for posterity. Objects in this collection help us understand how Old Parliament House functioned and our telecommunications history.
- Download the Neil Baker resource
Australia’s first Indigenous federal parliamentarian
This resource focuses on the museum’s Neville Bonner Collection and has been developed for upper primary students. Neville Bonner was Australia’s first Indigenous federal parliamentarian and the collection includes personal objects donated to the museum by his family.
- Download the Neville Bonner resource
This resource focuses on the museum’s Anne Picot Collection and has been developed for secondary students. Anne Picot’s collection reflects a life spent fighting for the things she believes in. Her badges and T-shirts demonstrate her belief in the need to stand up and be counted. These badges and T-shirts were not collected for the sake of collecting; they piled up as Anne took to the streets for protests over the decades.
- Download the Anne Picot resource
Finders Keepers resources
Each resource includes:
- A short biography of the collector
- A selection of objects from the collection
- Information about the objects
- Suggestions for analysing these objects with students
- Suggested extension activities
Each resource aligns with the Australian Curriculum v8.3.