War Trophies or Curios?
The occupation of German New Guinea in September 1914 was the first overseas action by the Australian navy and military forces during World War 1. During occupation, over six hundred indigenous objects were seized and sent to the Department of Defence as ‘trophies of war’. In 1925 the Department decided these ‘native curios’ were unsuitable as trophies, and the collection was entrusted to the Museum of Victoria on permanent loan.
The information provided by collectors was often sparse and sometimes totally inaccurate.
This book provides an historical background for Australian war-time collecting and, where possible, identifies the cultural context for the objects in the collections.
This book ‘...brings the objects out of the shadows to which they have been consigned since 1921, and presents them as meaningful objects in functioning societies, not just artworks from the past.’
Dr Jim Specht, Australian Museum
- Published: 1st March 2016
- ISBN: 9781921833342 (Paperback)
- Number Of Pages: 300
- Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 20.0