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Being Australian

Since the First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay in 1788, Jewish people have made important contributions within Australian public life as leaders, politicians, soldiers, activists, philanthropists, in business and in the arts.

This area of the collection provides an insight into what makes Australia’s community distinct from other Jewish communities around the world and how being Australian has influenced the lives of Jewish people since colonisation.

The objects, artworks and documents included explore the following questions; What is uniquely Australian about our Jewish way of life and our community? How do Jews feel about being Australian? How does being an Australian Jew manifest itself in our lives, our work, our art or writings?

This collection theme also covers the historical background the Australian Jewish community, with a particular focus on Melbourne. Migration stories are encapsulated through letters, documents and objects, and the continuation of Jewish traditions in Australia is also exemplified, reflecting profound connections to religious and cultural practices as well as the Australian way of life.

Highlights

The Australian Jewish Herald

The Australian Jewish Herald
Victoria, 1933
Ink on paper, 27.7 x 22 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 13812.31
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Kippah, Carlton Football Club

Kippah, Carlton Football Club
Israel, 2007
Suede and silk
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 11438

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Bry’s House

Bry’s House
Melbourne, c.1930
9 x 13 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 9924
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Gumnut Chanukiah

Gumnut Chanukiah
Mark Light, artist
Melbourne, c.1980
Gumnuts, wood and glue, 34 x 3 x 5 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 5313
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Army chaplain’s hat

Army chaplain’s hat
Australia, 1977
Fabric, metal, leather and plastic, 13 x 27 x 30 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 4997


Army chaplain’s hat
Australia, 1977
Fabric, metal, leather and plastic, 13 x 27 x 30 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 4997
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The Australian Haggadah

The Australian Haggadah
Victor Majzner, artist
Melbourne, 1992
Ink on paper and board, 36.5 x 31 x 2 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 2457
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Marriage Ring

Marriage Ring
Martha Ash, artist
Melbourne, 1981
Sterling silver, 4.5 x 2.5 cm
Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 160
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