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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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Program for a 'Football Get-Together Night' held at the Melbourne Town Hall on 29 August 1938. The event was organised by the Herald & Weekly Times newspaper with proceeds going to the ...Images: 9
Report by the secretary Alex Barlow on the first five years of operation of the 'Bring out a Briton' Committee at the Methodist Church, Wattletree Road, East Malvern. The report outline ...Images: 2
Copy of a letter from ' Alex & Betty Barlow' to 'Fred and Hazel (Lawson) dated 22 December 1980. It is in reply to their earlier letter (no date reference is given), with condolences fo ...Images: 1
Draft of a letter to 'Fred and Haze'l (Lawson), undated, replying to their earlier letter (no date reference), with condolences for the loss of 'Anne in an accident', advising of the lo ...Images: 1
Children's book entitled 'Fairies and Chimneys' by Rose Fyleman and published in 1922. It belonged to Hazel Hathaway and was brought with her when she migrated with her parents Lucy and ...Images: 2
One of two copies of the publication 'Neighbourhood Harmony', published by Maribyrnong City Council with funding from the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship ...Images: 2
This diary was written by UN World War II displaced persons' camp worker Esma Banner from 6th March 1946 to 22nd June 1946. It describes her time working for the UNRRA in Germany. Esma ...Images: 5
This diary was written by UN World War II displaced persons' camp worker Esma Banner while she was working in Displaced Persons Camps in Germany. It is dated from 22nd June 1946 to 16th ...Images: 5
Handmade booklet entitled 'Historic England To Historic Inverloch' by Mary and Jim Ward. It features a handwritten manuscript describing the history of England and the influence in thei ...Images: 14
Baby's Log Book for Hazel Hathaway filled with handwritten journal notes and photographs kept by her mother Lucy Hathaway during her first two years. The book was brought by Lucy Hathaw ...Images: 22