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Many Museum collections owe their origins to the passion and commitment of private collectors. The Collector's Cabinet offers visitors a glimpse into a number of local private collections and the stories of people who assembled them.

Are you a collector willing to share your private passion with the public? If you are, and would like to lend your collection to the Museum for temporary display, please complete and submit an Application Form (167kB PDF) for consideration in the Collector’s Cabinet program.

Tony Clark: Top Brass
28 February - 30 June


Top brass
Items from Tony Clark's Collection


Tony's treasures include padlocks, keys and safe fittings, alongside World War I and II collectables. Be intrigued by the amazing stories told through this unique collection of brass.



Hawkin Little Bear: Mad Props
4 July - 25 November


Mad Props
Props from Hawkin Little Bear's collection.
Local collector, Hawkin Little Bear, is a Shoshone native American descendant whose ancestors arrived in Australia on a Yankee Whaler. Hawkin has become one of the only Native American Artists working in Australia creating authentic clothing and artefacts, many of which he has created for use in the film industry.
Sparked by this work, and through his personal connections in the film industry, Hawkin has amassed an amazing collection of props and replicas from some of Hollywood's biggest films.



Scott Green: Matchbox Madness
28 November 2017 - May 2018


Matchbox Madness
Some of Scott Green's Matchbox collection.
Scott Green's collection of miniature diecast vehicles began at virtually the same time he did. No sooner had he been born than family members started to buy him Matchbox trucks, cars and emergency vehicles.
The collection sat in storage for nearly three decades, occasionally bolstered by a particularly eye-catching model, but was recently unearthed as Scott sowed the seeds of a collection for his new son.
Last Updated: 27 June 2017