We acknowledge Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and give respect to Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Firearms collection highlights

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The Museum has an extraordinary arms and armour collection. Firearms are understandably a contentious issue, but the collection of firearms as historical, cultural, technological and even aesthetic objects is important, as are the stories which accompany them.

Although firearms accompanied Europeans who made it to the shores of Australia prior to 1788, the Brown Bess musket was among the first to actually be imported to the island. The Museum's Brown Bess musket example is not one that …