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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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Sign which hung in the front window of the Special O drapery store in Station Street Lalor, from the time it opened in July 1966. The store was established by John and Barbara Woods nin ...Images: 2
Letter written by Esma Banner, 7 December 1945, describing cultural traditions practised by the displaced persons in the camps where Esma Banner worked and visited. She describes a conc ...Images: 23
Children's book entitled 'The Water-Babies' by Charles Kingsley. It belonged to Hazel Hathaway and was brought with her when she migrated with her parents Lucy and Stanley Hathaway from ...Images: 2
Children's book entitled 'Peter Pan and Wendy' by J. M. Barnes and published in 1941. It belonged to Hazel Hathaway and was brought with her when she migrated with her parents Lucy and ...Images: 3
Children's book entitled 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll. It belonged to Hazel Hathaway and was brought with her when she migrated with her parents Lucy and Stanley Hathaway from ...Images: 2
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
Folio of 18 loose sheets featuring hand illustrations, glued pictures and handwritten text by school children regarding life in Ringwood, Hampshire England. The folio, which includes a ...Images: 1
Program for Inverloch Australia Day celebrations 26 January 2000, which was sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council, Inverloch Rotary Club, Inverloch RSL and the Inverloch Historical Soci ...Images: 1
Letter written by Esma Banner, 16 January 1946 describing Wartenberg Sanitorium for displaced persons aged 7 to 18 years old in Regensdorf. She also writes about administration changes ...Images: 12
Certificate issued to Mary Ward by Inverloch Australia Day Group to thank her for participation in the Inverloch Australia Day celebration 26 January 2000, which was sponsored by Bass ...Images: 1