The Capitol acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.
Curated by the RMIT Design Archives, Australian Film Institute Research Collection & RMIT Art Collection

Cabinets of Curiosities

RMIT Culture

An exhibition paying homage to Marion Mahoney Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin’s spectacular design of The Capitol.

Drawing from the RMIT Design Archives (RDA), Australian Film Institute Research Collection (AFIRC) and RMIT Art Collection, the cabinets in the Salon and Lounge at The Capitol provide a small sampling of work from RMIT’s extraordinary cultural collections and resources.

Highlights include the RDA’s presentation from the All Australian Graffiti collection, the innovative design collective founded by Mimmo Cozzolino and Con Aslanis in 1972; RDA’s selection of record covers by graphic designers such as Geoffrey Digby, Robert Haberfield, Max Robinson and Lance Stirling from The World Record Club; and pieces from the AFIRC’s archive of coming-of-age Aussie classic Puberty Blues (1981), directed by Bruce Beresford.


The AFI Research Collection is a specialist film and television industry resource open to the public. The collection’s scope is worldwide, with a focus on the Australian screen. It was originally created by the Australian Film Institute (AACTA) in the 1970s. Since 2002 the collection has been housed at RMIT University.  It comprises curated newspaper clippings files, books, journals, film and television scripts, directories, reports, promotional material, film stills, poster and film festival catalogues.

The RMIT Design Archives actively collects material relating to Melbourne design from the twentieth century onwards, and is an integral part of a vibrant research centre in the heart of the city. Both digital and material, the collections represent historical and contemporary practices which tell the story of Melbourne as a design city, and provide the resources and support for research into Melbourne’s designed environment, design professions and practices.

The RMIT Art Collection reflects the broad mission of the University, provides a cultural resource for staff, students and the community, and serves as an educational and research resource to the University. For more than 125 years, it has served as a source of inspiration, encompassing some of the finest examples of modern and contemporary art in Australia.

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