The Collection

Surprising treasures

The Museum's collection is entirely devoted to the cultural and natural history of the Furneaux Islands.

Here you'll find everything from a miniature Bible to hand-made toys, mutton-bird artefacts to 'Killiecrankie diamonds', shipwreck relics to a snake in a jar.

Nationally important items include a rare collection of traditional Aboriginal shell necklaces, and an anchor from the 8th oldest known shipwreck in Australian waters (the Sydney Cove, 1797).

Albums containing hundreds of photographs and documents cover almost every conceivable aspect of life in the Furneaux Islands right up to the present day. Popular topics include shipwrecks, family histories, and island events.

> The Museum's catalogue of albums and artefacts can be viewed on eHive.

The buildings

The collection is displayed in a cluster of five buildings. Each building is of local historical significance and is itself part of the collection.
> To read more about each building and what's inside it, click on:

Dryazell Cottage and Mrs Gray’s Room 
Mutton-bird Processing Shed
Nissen Hut 
Land Settlement Office
Whitemark Police Cells

Cape Barren Island shell necklaces, 1920s

Convict leg-irons, 1830s