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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.
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 21 - 30) 621 items
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
Day Student's Quarterly Report from the London School of Printing & Kindred Trades, dated 28 March 1923. It reports that AG Maclaurin, employed by Messrs T De La Rue Ltd received good g ...Images: 1
Examination Results Report from the London School of Printing & Kindred Trades, dated 25 July 1925. It reports that AG Maclaurin, obtained a first class certificate in Cylinder and the ...Images: 2
Book 'Rules of the Printing Machine Managers' Trade Society' printed by the Co-operative Printing Society Ltd in 1925. It was used by Archibald Gordon Maclaurin upon first entering the ...Images: 8
Souvenir Programme from the dinner commemorating the termination of apprenticeship of A G Maclaurin held by Thomas De La Rue at Manchester Hotel, Aldersgate, on 22 January 1927 Archie ...Images: 3
Sports Certificate awarded for First prize in the 'Animal Race' to Miss Duffell on the SS Narkunda during her migration journey to Australia in 1927. Constance Duffell was born in Engl ...Images: 1