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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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This bracelet was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1985, from the designs of textile artist Deborah Leser. These examples were worn by the donor. Part of the ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 0
Sample of Tamarindus Indica fruits in a jar. This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Museum by the In ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Teatowel Tea towel printed in dark blue on off-white background with pattern of stylized human forms with tall headdresses, variously carrying spears, shields and ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
This bracelet was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1985, from the designs of textile artist Deborah Leser. These examples were worn by the donor. Part of the ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 1
White crocheted baby's bonnet.Images: 1
Skipping rope wwhich forms part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC). The ACFC is unique in Australia, documenting contemporary children's folklore across Australia ...Images: 3