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Image: Brochure - Detailed Itineraries for Allen's Tours to Open Places and Faraway Places, 1950
Source: Museum Victoria
The Leisure Collection is comprised of over 10,000 artefacts that explore the leisure and recreational activities that people have pursued in Victoria since European settlement.
The Leisure Collection is focused on activities which people pursue in their free time, and emphasises popular, amateur and everyday leisure activities, rather than elite, professional activities. The Collection represents the following aspects of leisure:
Participation in and spectatorship of a range of sports and physical pursuits including football, trugo, boxing, cycling, cricket, horse-racing, swimming and lawn bowls.
Visiting places and enjoying events such as agricultural shows, circuses, zoos, botanic gardens, fetes, carnivals, the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Luna Park and the Moomba Festival.
Involvement in a myriad of hobbies and pastimes as diverse as practicing photography; playing and listening to music; dancing; eating and drinking; playing with toys, board games and puzzles; playing computer games; collecting; watching films, television, puppet shows and theatre; looking at optical toys; sewing; gardening; shopping; picnicking; camping; fishing; hunting; boating; motoring; and travelling.
Artefacts in the Leisure Collection include about 2,000 documents, over 6,000 images, almost 1,000 audio-visual recordings and over 4,000 objects. The objects range from small personal items such as swimming costumes, board games, fishing rods, jigsaw puzzles, cameras and show bags, to large objects such as cars and a caravan.
Significant items include:
- 56 toys made from Max Mint wrappers by a woman for her grandchildren, 1929-35.
- The iconic Harry Johns Boxing Truck, from the travelling boxing show which roamed eastern Australia, 1950-75.
- 276 items associated with racehorse Phar Lap's racing career and subsequent memorialisation.
- 216 items associated with Fitzroy's Black Cat Café, 1982-2001.
- 141 puppets and associated items from Melbourne's Le Forgeron puppet theatre, 1920s-1956.
- Ephemera and objects relating to both sportspeople and spectators at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
- Little Men, mechanical hen and tokens from Cole's Book Arcade.
- Skyline caravan, 1957.
- Tourist brochures produced by state tourist bureaus and travel companies, 1920s-1970s.
- Bay paddle steamer models, 1880s-1920s.
- Image collections with representations of leisure activities, 1880s-1960s, especially in the Biggest Family Album, Laurie Richards and State Electricity Commission collections.
- Australian Children's Folklore Collection: archive, artefacts and oral histories documenting children's games and playlore, 1940s-present.
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 2421 - 2430) 2637 items
Three men with bicycles in bush. There are two carriages behind them and some cattle.From: Maryborough, Australia Images: 1
Image taken by A.J. Campbell on a family and friends Christmas camping trip to Barry's Range in 1902. The image is part of a Photograph album containing 181 black and white and sepia to ...Images: 1
A man stands on a rock beside a creek. There is a rocky hillside behind.From: Werribee, Australia Images: 1
Young child on rocking horse. (out of focus).Images: 1
Group portrait two to three rows of mostly men.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
Image taken by A.J. Campbell, it is one of his earliest. Photograph album containing 181 black and white and sepia toned photographs taken by A.J. Campbell, ornithologist, during field ...From: Rutherglen, Australia Images: 1
Four young children of see - saw. (out of focus).Images: 1
A group of children in a long single-file line move into the water. They are dressed in swimware, the first child carries an umbrella, and a dog sniffs around the shore.From: Lake Boga, Australia Images: 1
Group portrait of five adults standing on the steps of the Mt Buffalo Chalet with their suit cases.From: Mt Buffalo, Australia Images: 1
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum VictoriaFrom: Isisford, Australia Images: 1