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Acknowledgement of Country

Sandpit respectfully works across the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nations, as well as the Kaurna and Yugambeh peoples. We recognise and respect their continued cultural, spiritual and technological practices.

We also extend this to all First Nations peoples across the land known as Australia and pay respects to their Ancestors and Elders past and present.

As the very first storytellers and technologists, First Nations peoples possess invaluable knowledge and perspectives that are crucial to the work that we do across both the physical and digital realms.



At State Library Victoria (SLV), we created a playful machine that reveals unlikely connections between objects and artefacts from Victoria’s history.

The Victoria Gallery at SLV is a new exhibition space showcasing treasured objects that tell the stories from the Library’s collection.

In 2019, for the Gallery’s inaugural Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition, we created the Map-o-Matic machine, in collaboration with SLV curator Carolyn Fraser.

The Map-o-Matic unit in situ

The Map-o-Matic is a playful machine with analogue mechanical dials and push buttons. Visitors choose two objects in the Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition and the machine generates a personalised tour showing how those artefacts are connected.

Visitors can find out how the armour of bushranger Ned Kelly is connected to cricket’s celebrated Ashes Urn, how fairy floss is connected to Victoria’s Latrobe Valley electricity industry, and why the granddaughter of one of Australia’s prime ministers once wore a glittering cloak that symbolised the Murray–Darling irrigation scheme.

A final push of the Map-o-Matic’s button prints out a paper, take-home map revealing the rich web of connections that ties the exhibition together.

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