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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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A woman in a white dress standing in front of a wooden house with a corrugated iron roof. A group of people stand on the verandah while one man sits on the steps. There is a wagon on t ...Images: 1
Glass plate negative out of focus and underexposed.Images: 1
Glass plate negative portrait of Jean Wentworth Harvie sitting in a hammock with a dog on her lap, probably between the ages of 8 and 12 years. It is thought that this photograph was t ...Images: 1
Part of a large photographic collection of glass plate and film negatives, photographic prints and photo albums, relating to the development of the electric power supply industry in Vic ...Images: 1
Group portrait of seven women knitting.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
Two sets of chopsticks (in packet), designed and made by Bill Allardyce, a technology broker and inventor, in Anglesea, Victoria. Bill was fiddling with a bent piece of wire, when he ha ...From: Anglesea, Australia Images: 2
Glass plate negative portrait of Robert and Edythe Ellison Harvie standing in a garden near a shed. Ellison, as she was commonly known, is probably between the ages of 17 and 20. Robert ...Images: 1
Glass plate negative portrait of Robert and Alice Edington Harvie (nee Marshall) in a garden. For a similar photograph of Robert and their daughter, Ellison, see MM 043407. Robert Will ...Images: 1
Part of a large photographic collection of glass plate and film negatives, photographic prints and photo albums, relating to the development of the electric power supply industry in Vic ...From: Shepparton, Australia Images: 1
Part of a large photographic collection of glass plate and film negatives, photographic prints and photo albums, relating to the development of the electric power supply industry in Vic ...From: Silvan, Australia Images: 1