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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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Awl which was used at home by Archie. Archibald Gordon Maclaurin was born in 1904 in Westham London. He trained as a printer and sought work in Australia as there were few opportunities ...Images: 2
Handmade Lamp, made by Archibald Gordon Maclaurin at home from 'found objects', probably during the 1940s or 1950s. Archie liked to experiment and was a handyman. This lamp is an exampl ...Images: 2
Banner with the slogan 'Tampa Lies Stole the Last Election, Fight racism to fight Howard' it was made by the Refugee Action Collective in August 2002 to use at the Tampa Day 1 year ann ...Images: 1
Banner with the slogan 'Free the Bakhtiari Family' it was made by the Refugee Action Collective in 2002. The Refugee Action Collective has grown out of a national grassroots protest mov ...Images: 1
Banner with the slogan 'Where is Nader? Stop Deportation' it was made by the Refugee Action Collective in 2002 for use at a rally where the deportation of Iranian asylum seeker Nader Sa ...Images: 1
Banner with the slogan 'ACM Profits from Pain' it was made by the Refugee Action Collective in 2001 for their first visit to Woomera Detention Centre in September that year. It may also ...Images: 1
Banner with the slogan 'War No, Refugees Yes' it was made by the Refugee Action Collective in 2003 for the St Valentines Day rally in February. The Refugee Action Collective has grown o ...Images: 1
Hat box brought to Australia by Constance Duffell when she migrated in 1927. The box was then used to store her hats and later on a return trip to England in 1957. Constance Duffell w ...Images: 3
Bread knife made by Firth-Brearley which was used by the Dereani family from 1955 to 1959. The Dereani's immigrated to Australia from Trieste, Italy in 1955, and spent the first five ye ...Images: 1
The Phar Lap Tobacco Tin was produced by the Myona Cigar Company of Richmond, Victoria during 1931-1932. The company was only in operation for around 18 months, so examples of its tins ...Images: 1