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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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Clothing ration card used during the World War II. It was issued to Jocelyn Maclaurin in June 1944. Jocelyn is the daughter of English immigrants Archie and Connie. Archie was born in ...Images: 2
Clothing ration card used during the World War II. It was issued to Roger Maclaurin in June 1944. Roger is the son of English immigrants Archie and Connie. Archie was born in 1904 in W ...Images: 2
Receipt, issued to A G Maclaurin, by D.M. Embelton, M.D., for 6 pounds 6 shillings. Dated June 1939 for circumcision attendance of Roger Maclaurin, on 19 May 1939. Archie was born in 1 ...Images: 1
Receipt, issued to A Maclaurin, by A. Cartwright, Watchmaker & Jeweller, for 10 pounds. Dated 25 November 1931 this is undoubtedly for the engagement ring purchased by Archie for Connie ...Images: 1
Receipt, issued to A Maclaurin, by the Myer Emporium, for 7 pounds 13 shillings. Dated 10 July 1931 this was probably a gift from Archie to Connie, coming four months before the purchas ...Images: 1
Receipt, issued to A Maclaurin, by TN Bunbury, Home Furnisher, for 2 pounds and 7 shillings. Dated 25 November 1933 this was probably a 'setting up house' purchase by Archie, coming a f ...Images: 1
Receipt, issued to A Maclaurin, by TN Bunbury, Home Furnisher, for 26 pounds. Dated 17 November 1933 this was probably a 'setting up house' purchase by Archie, coming a few weeks before ...Images: 1
Receipt, issued to A Maclaurin, by TN Bunbury, Home Furnisher, for 29 pounds and 15 shillings. Dated 31 January 1934 this was probably a 'setting up house' purchase by Archie, coming a ...Images: 1
Receipt, issued to Miss Duffell, by W&L Gordon, Hardware Merchants & Crockery Importers, for 3 pounds, 18 shillings and 9 pence. Dated 28 December 1933 this was probably a 'setting up h ...Images: 1
Certificate issued to AG Maclaurin by the Stationers' Company and Printing Industry Technical Board in 1925. Certifying that he was awarded a First Class pass for his 'Letterpress Mach ...Images: 1