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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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In the foreground is a cow drinking from a pond. There is a house behind a picket fence behind the pool. There is a flag and flagpole in front of the house and a man stands on the road ...From: Eltham, Australia Images: 1
Pair of reptile skin shoes with brown and black patterning. Made by Maude Frizon (Italy & Paris), circa 1980. They were worn by the donor with a black woll dress (SH 942082) and reptile ...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
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: Newborough, Australia Images: 1
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum VictoriaImages: 1
Glass plate negative portrait of studio photographer, Robert William Harvie, 26 years old. Robert Harvie was a professional photographer who, with his business partner Albert Sutcliffe ...Images: 1
Laurie Richards Collection, Museum VictoriaFrom: Albert Park, Australia Images: 1
Full plate silver gelatin glass negative.From: Richmond, Australia Images: 1
Buildings in Walhalla.Images: 1
Kate Beckett, wife of Dr Thomas Beckett, taken in the window of their home at Westbourne Grove, Northcote, July 1894. Part of a collection of glass plate negatives taken by Dr Thomas G ...From: Northcote, Australia Images: 1