Domestic & Community Life Collection

Recipe Book - The New Sunshine Cookery Book

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.

Significant items

  • 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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  • Bottle - Wine, Glass, Clear, circa 1960s-1990s Object

    Bottle - Wine, Glass, Clear, circa 1960s-1990s

    Glass bottle containing wine produced by the di Benedetto family, circa 1960s-1990s. The Di Benedetto family produced wine at their home in Thornbury, from the 1960s to 1991. In the ear ...

    Images: 1
  • Bottle - Glass, Green, circa 1960s-1990s Object

    Bottle - Glass, Green, circa 1960s-1990s

    Round glass bottle, circa 1960s-1990s. It was used in domestic wine production by the Di Benedetto family at their home in Thornbury, from the 1960s to 1991. In the early years the wine ...

    Images: 1
  • Weights - Wooden, 1960s Object

    Weights - Wooden, 1960s

    Twenty wooden block weights used with a grape or wine press known as a Torchio, made circa 1960s. This grape press was used in domestic wine production by the Di Benedetto family at the ...

    Images: 3
  • Bottle - Melbourne Glass Bottle Works Co., circa 1872-1890 Object

    Bottle - Melbourne Glass Bottle Works Co., circa 1872-1890

    Green tinged glass bottle manufactured by the Melbourne Glass Bottle Works Co., Beach, Emerald Hill (now known as South Melbourne), circa 1872-1890.

    Images: 1
  • Barrel on Stand - Whisky, Wooden, circa 1990 Object

    Barrel on Stand - Whisky, Wooden, circa 1990

    Wooden whisky barrel on a stand. It was used in domestic wine production by the Di Benedetto family at their home in Thornbury, circa 1990, and is similar to original barrel the family ...

    Images: 5
  • Ice Tongs - Metal Object

    Ice Tongs - Metal

    Pair of metal ice tongs. They were purchased by Museum Victoria in 1969, and are undated. Ice tongs were used to carry blocks of ice used in ice chests and refrigerators, in factories ...

    Images: 1
  • Strainer - Gauze, Large, 1960s Object

    Strainer - Gauze, Large, 1960s

    Gauze strainer for use with a grape or wine press known as a Torchio, made circa 1960s. It was used in domestic wine production by the Di Benedetto family at their home in Thornbury, fr ...

    Images: 1
  • Strainer - Gauze, Small, 1960s Object

    Strainer - Gauze, Small, 1960s

    Gauze strainer for use with a grape or wine press known as a Torchio, made circa 1960s. It was used in domestic wine production by the Di Benedetto family at their home in Thornbury, fr ...

    Images: 1
  • Handles - Grape Press, Metal, 1960s Object

    Handles - Grape Press, Metal, 1960s

    Handles for turning mechanism of a grape or wine press known as a Torchio, made circa 1960s. These hollow metal tubes can be slotted over the existing metal turnscrew to lengthen them a ...

    Images: 1
  • Grape Crusher - Wood & Metal, 1960s Object

    Grape Crusher - Wood & Metal, 1960s

    Home made grape crusher, known as a Macinano, it was probably made by a friend of the di Benedetto family in the 1960s. It was used in domestic wine production by the Di Benedetto famil ...

    Images: 2
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