Senta Taft-Hendry Museum

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The Senta Taft-Hendry Museum

The Senta Taft-Hendry Museum opened in 2011 in a dedicated space underneath the University Gallery. The museum houses an extensive and diverse collection of artefacts such as carved wooden masks used in ancestral pageants, weapons featuring carved bone, cassowary feathers and shells, cooking pots, ancient drums and body adornments, dating back to the 1950s when Senta Taft-Hendry began her travels to Papua New Guinea, West Papua (Irian Jaya), Micronesia, Polynesia and remote Australian communities. Since 2011, various other collectors have generously donated objects into the collection.

If you would like more information about how to donate an Oceanic or Indigenous Australian artefact to the collection, please contact the University Gallery on +61 2 49215 255 or

Museum Collection Database Online Project

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