The WNAC has negotiated for the collection to be loaned to the Newcastle Museum to make these important artifacts more accessible to the Wonnarua people in their homeland of the Hunter.
The WNAC was successful in their federal grant application of $20,000 to fund the collection to be professionally photographed and available on a website and to train Wonnarua people as museum curators.
Negotiations are well advanced for the collection to be housed in Newcastle for three or five years and it may potentially be housed in the Singleton area in the future.
Information from The Australian Museum on the Morrison Collection:
This group of objects was collected by Alexander Morrison in the New South Wales Hunter Valley during in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was purchased by the Australian Museum between 1975 and 1982 from John Magers, a dealer and collector of Indigenous objects. Objects from Alexander Morrison’s collection are also held by the National Museum of Australia……. READ MORE
The collection of Aboriginal artefacts dating to the nineteenth century is the latest addition to the Australian Museum’s ‘virtual’ collections. For more information, please read the pdfs below.