Senta Taft Hendry Museum

The Senta Taft Hendry Museum is a dedicated knowledge keeping place located underneath the University Gallery. Housing a culturally significant and diverse collection of items from Oceania, the Museum was originally established in 2011 to house the generous donation of works collected by Senta Taft Hendry, who began acquiring objects from the 1950s during her travels throughout  Papua New Guinea, surrounding Pacific islands and numerous Australian Top End communities.

Today, the Museum displays a growing collection of over 200 unique items with thanks to numerous additional objects from generous donors.

A large portion of the University's Museum Collection is available to view as an online resource for public access and research.  Click the button below to explore the collection.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.