Cabinets of Wonder

Private collectors will unlock their cabinets and cupboards to share extraordinary curios and treasures from their personal collections in a new exhibition of Australiana.


Featuring never before exhibited material, this fascinating exhibition offers an evocative and beautiful snapshot of history, design and culture from 1875 to the present day.


Step into the world of the collector and immerse yourself in more than 40 discrete displays. Collections of historic chocolate bars, dance cards, bubble gum tattoos, scrapbooks, badges, blotters, biscuit tins, menus and sport memorabilia are but a few of the riches on display.


Curated by the Ephemera Society of Australia (ESA), this intriguing exhibition offers a wonderful glimpse into the world and mind of the collector while highlighting the richness and significance of the minor documents of life.


Featuring ephemera and collectables from domestic, working, social and sporting life, the exhibition includes:


  • Exquisite dance cards, 1880s to 1930s - the speed dating record of that era!


  • Historic real estate subdivision posters selling off Malvern, Balaclava and Anglesea


  • More than 200 scrapbooks from the 1970s to 2005 meticulously documenting food & grocery packaging, notes on the cost of living and receipts for local businesses


  • A wall of badges, collected over a lifetime


  • Representations of our national emblem, the kangaroo, from 1900 - 2016


  • Cricket, golf, football and Olympic games’ minor and major memorabilia.


Young and old are invited into the world of the collector, as the Royal Historical Society of Victoria hosts the Ephemera Society of Australia’s fascinating exhibition Cabinets of Wonder: Extraordinary Collections of Ephemera. Open to the public from Tuesday 12 July.


Event:                Cabinets of Wonder

Dates:                12 July – 22 August 10am – 4pm Monday-Thursday; 10am – 3pm Friday

Venue:               Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne




About – Royal Historical Society of Victoria


Formed in 1909, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria is committed to collecting, researching and sharing an understanding of the history of Victoria. The RHSV is a community organisation that relies on membership subscriptions. Join today and help promote and preserve the history of Victoria – You can also keep up to date with the past via the RHSV’s Twitter and Facebook page



About - Ephemera Society of Australia


The ESA is devoted to the preservation, study and display of items of a transient nature. It is a longstanding association of individuals bound by their personal and professional passion for collecting. The ESA’s mission may be colloquially described as collecting material not traditionally kept by museums and libraries. Visit  or

July 12, 2016 at 10:00am - July 24, 2016
Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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