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Domestic & Community Life Collection
Image: Recipe Book - The New Sunshine Cookery Book
Source: Museum Victoria
The Domestic and Communtiy Life collection takes in a large sweep of the material culture of everyday life. It comprises several thousand objects, several thousand images, hundreds of documents, and a small number of sound recordings and intangible representations related to the lives and identities that Victorians have created for themselves at home and in their wider communities since European settlement.
The collection is underpinned by five interrelated themes: the home, domestic life, domestic ideology, community life and identity, with a focus on significant periods of domestic life dating from European settlement in Victoria to the present.
It is most significant in relation to domestic life in early to mid-20th-century Victoria, in particular regarding the technologies and tools used in food preparation, cooking, storage and preservation, cleaning and laundry.
- A cot used by Richmond Henty in 1837.
- A Wolter and Echberg washing machine, designed and manufactured in Melbourne around the 1880s.
- An extensive collection of early to mid 20th century domestic appliances, including vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washing machines and stoves.
- 32 architectural models of domestic buildings in Melbourne, 1839-1989.
- Images documenting domestic and community life, particularly the Biggest Family Album collections.
- The Graeme Fullarton Collection which records the experience of building a new home in East Keilor in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
- The Aldred Photograph Collection.
- The State Electricity Photograph Collection.
- The Laurie Richards Photograph Collection.
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Publicity folder issued by Melbourne Underground Rail Loop Authority to commemorate the construction of the City Loop underground railway project. It contains a number of images of the ...Images: 2
Victorian Railways booklet promoting Victorian regional holiday packages, it was published in February 1941. Victorian Railways played an important role in State tourism in the late 19t ...Images: 1
Victorian Railways booklet promoting Victorian winter holiday packages, published in April 1939. Victorian Railways played an important role in State tourism in the late 19th and early ...Images: 1
Victorian Railways booklet promoting Mt Buffalo ski resort, published in April 1939. Victorian Railways played an important role in State tourism in the late 19th and early 20th centuri ...Images: 1
Booklet advertising the Isle of Wight Hotel at Cowes, Phillip Island. It was published by the Victorian Government Tourist Bureau, circa 1929.Images: 1
Victorian Railways booklet promoting Victorian regional holiday packages to Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. It was published in November 1938. During the late 19th and early 20th centur ...Images: 1
Certificate issued by the Melbourne Institute for the Advancement of Plain Needlework to Lydia Leymann on 12 November 1912. It was presented for the completion of an 'excellent' examina ...Images: 2