This toy canon was excavated during one of the digs conducted at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

'When I was a child, we played in the street with hoops; we played hopscotch, and chasey, and cowboys and Indians, running right round the blocks and that. We even played marbles too.' (Marie Hayes, born and raised in Little Lon 1920-1940)

To the children who lived there, Little Lon was home. The streets and lanes were their playground - for tossing knucklebones, flicking marbles or chasing over the cobblestones. Their chants and laughter were part of the sounds of Little Lon.

Physical Description

This is a small toy cannon. It is a thin cylindirical shape and has a stand in the middle. There is some encrustation.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Little Lon Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Historical Archaeology

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from Heritage Victoria, Industry Superannuation PropertyTrust, 03/05/2005

  • Context Number


  • Site

    [CCS] Australia, Victoria, Commonwealth Block, Melbourne

  • Classification

    Historical archaeology

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Archaeology - Historical

  • Type of item


  • Exhibition Collection Management

    19 mm (Length), 50 mm (Width), 5 mm (Height)

  • Maximum dimensions

    100 mm (Length), 80 mm (Width), 80 mm (Height), 10 mg (Weight)
    Measurement From Conservation.

  • Primary support

    44 mm (Length), 25 mm (Width), 12 mm (Height)
    Measurement From Conservation.

  • Overall Dimensions - Assembled

    80 (Length), 45 (Width), 12 (Height), 55 (Outside Diameter), 55 g (Weight)
    Measurement From Conservation. there is a comments

  • Keywords

    Making History - Little Lonsdale Street