It’s the final week of our Treasured exhibition which explores the collections of private collectors in our community. We opened our own vaults to bring out pieces of our collection not normally seen and contrasted it with what other people treasure enough to collect.
The exhibition makes us think about why we feel the need to collect things, as well as the types of things we collect. So I asked visitors the question, “what do you treasure?”
Here is an excerpt of their responses from our reaction book:
“I treasure my 1965 Holden. I met my wife in it and my kids grew up in it. Its not in mint condition, but it means something to us” James 7/4/10
“I treasure my family and dog Roxy”Belle (age 6) 7/4/10
“I treasure my grandma’s doll Lottie” Kiwa 7/4/10
” I treasure my happy memories of having lived in Sydney for 4 years about 40 years ago and also of having worked for one of the Australian mining companies for 23 years (the world largest). I regard my experiences as an intangible asset or treasure in my life” Toshio Shindo (from Tokyo) 21/4/10
“I treasure the wonderful people who help me in this wonderful museum….”
” The thing that I treasure is my salvation that Jesus wrought for me on the Cross of Calgary” Rosemarie P. 23/4/10
“I treasure my collection of bar coasters from my travels – I pick one up from every pub I visit in every town I go to. Been doing it since I was 18 when I first went overseas to London. I now have 86 of them from all around the world. Each one reminds me of my trip & the experiences I had in the town I visited” Jerry 23/4/10
“I treasure my pin collection. It began when my grandmother gave me hers from the 1920s & I’ve added to it since. I now have over 200 pins that are from around the world & from many different activist campaigns I have been involved with. They tell that story of my activist life & my grandma’s travels. I plan to pass these on to my grandchild -he’s only 6 months old right now!” Agness, North Parramatta 11/5/10
“I treasure my Aboriginal heritage. What a shame Parramatta doesn’t. In all of Australia, I have never seen a city pay so little acknowledgement to the original inhabitants of the land. Incredibly ignorant and alarmingly sad” Ursula O.
” I treasure my granny’s rose earrings. They are shaped like red roses & she gave them to me when I was little. I can’t wait to get my ears pierced next week so I can wear them!” Jade 21/5/10
“My treasure, shared with many in Aotearoa New Zealand is the heritage Samuel Marsden and Te Rihi chief Ruatara brought to our land in 1814, and for which we honour these two men, Maori & Pakeha alike, Kia ora koutou katoa” Brian C. 21/5/10