Leisure Collection

Brochure - Detailed Itineraries for Allen's Tours to Open Places and Faraway Places, 1950

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.

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  • Motor Truck - International AR 160, Harry Johns Boxing Troupe, 1954-1969 Object

    Motor Truck - International AR 160, Harry Johns Boxing Troupe, 1954-1969

    Alternative Name(s): Truck International AR Series 160 Harry Johns was a boxing and wrestling entrepreneur who toured the agricultural shows of Australia's eastern states between the 19 ...

    From: Dandenong, Australia Images: 5
  • Medal - Museum of Victoria, Phar Lap, Gold, 1983 (AD) Object

    Medal - Museum of Victoria, Phar Lap, Gold, 1983 (AD)

    This gold-plated bronze souvenir medal is an example of the Phar Lap related merchandise sold in the Museum of Victoria shop in the 1980s.

    Images: 2
  • Printers Proof - Sporting Globe, Phar Lap Collage, 1930s Object

    Printers Proof - Sporting Globe, Phar Lap Collage, 1930s

    Printers proof consisting of three various sized photographs of Phar Lap, glued onto a sheet of thick cardboard, with text handwritten in pencil. It is believed that this is a mock-up ...

    Images: 1
  • First Day Cover - Australian Horse Racing, 10 Oct 1978 Object

    First Day Cover - Australian Horse Racing, 10 Oct 1978

    This first day cover was issued by Australia Post in 1978 to celebrate the Australian Racing Industry, particularly horses that had won the Melbourne Cup. One of these was the race hors ...

    Images: 1
  • Postage Stamp - Phar Lap, 1978 Object

    Postage Stamp - Phar Lap, 1978

    This stamp was issued by Australia Post in 1978, as part of a series of four stamps celebrating the Australian Racing Industry, particularly horses that had won the Melbourne Cup. Phar ...

    Images: 1
  • First Day Cover - Australian Horse Racing, 10 Oct 1978 Object

    First Day Cover - Australian Horse Racing, 10 Oct 1978

    This first day cover was issued by Australia Post in 1978 to celebrate the Australian Racing Industry, particularly horses that had won the Melbourne Cup. One of these was the race hors ...

    Images: 1
  • Soccer Ball - Official Gold Cup, Autographed by Socceroo's, 1974 Object

    Soccer Ball - Official Gold Cup, Autographed by Socceroo's, 1974

    Autographed Official Gold Cup Soccer Ball, signed by members of the Socceroo's, in 1974. Distinguishable signatures are Peter Ollerton, Peter Wilson, Murray Barnes and Col Bennett. This ...

    Images: 6
  • Trophy - Melbourne Hungaria Soccer Club, Tilbury & Lewis, 1966 Object

    Trophy - Melbourne Hungaria Soccer Club, Tilbury & Lewis, 1966

    Melbourne Hungaria Soccer Club trophy made by Tilbury & Lewis Pty Ltd, 1966. This trophy was given to the Committee of the Club by the 1966 players. The Melbourne Hungaria Soccer Club, ...

    Images: 1
  • Fencing Mask - Allstar, circa 1970s Object

    Fencing Mask - Allstar, circa 1970s

    Fencing mask made by Allstar. It was used by Australian fencing champion, Greg Benko. Born in 1952 to Hungarian parents Greg Benko began fencing at the age of 12, when he was 'discovere ...

    Images: 2
  • Object - Opium Related, Cylindrical, Bone, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Object - Opium Related, Cylindrical, Bone, circa 1905-1930

    Opium related object obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department circa 1905-1930. Opium use was widespread in China between th ...

    Images: 4
  • Object - Opium Related, Cylindrical, Bone, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Object - Opium Related, Cylindrical, Bone, circa 1905-1930

    Opium related object obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department circa 1905-1930. Opium use was widespread in China between th ...

    Images: 4
  • Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of seven opium pipe mounts which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs De ...

    Images: 3
  • Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of seven opium pipe mounts which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs De ...

    Images: 3
  • Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of seven opium pipe mounts which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs De ...

    Images: 3
  • Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of seven opium pipe mounts which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs De ...

    Images: 3
  • Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of seven opium pipe mounts which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs De ...

    Images: 3
  • Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of seven opium pipe mounts which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs De ...

    Images: 3
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Opium Dipper - Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Opium Dipper - Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of five opium dippers (also known as opium needles) which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from ...

    Images: 3
  • Opium Dipper - Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Opium Dipper - Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of five opium dippers (also known as opium needles) which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from ...

    Images: 3
  • Opium Dipper - Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Opium Dipper - Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of five opium dippers (also known as opium needles) which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from ...

    Images: 3
  • Opium Dipper - Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Opium Dipper - Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of five opium dippers (also known as opium needles) which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from ...

    Images: 3
  • Opium Dipper - Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Opium Dipper - Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of five opium dippers (also known as opium needles) which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from ...

    Images: 3
  • Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Pipe Mount - Opium, Metal, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of seven opium pipe mounts which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs De ...

    Images: 3
  • Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Dish - Opium, Brass, circa 1905-1930

    One of a set of 14 opium dishes which are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department ...

    Images: 4
  • Chinese Scales - Opium, Bone & Brass, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Chinese Scales - Opium, Bone & Brass, circa 1905-1930

    Chinese scales which would have been used to weigh opium, and are part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Vict ...

    Images: 2
  • Cigarette - Kossuth, Hungary Object

    Cigarette - Kossuth, Hungary

    Cigarette from a pack used by Julius Toth. The cigarette holder he kept this pack in was one of the few possessions he brought with him when he migrated to Australia. In 1957 Julius cam ...

    Images: 2
  • Opium Box - Horn, circa 1905-1930 Object

    Opium Box - Horn, circa 1905-1930

    Opium box which is part of a group of opium related objects obtained in a raid on Chinese premises by investigating officers from the Victorian Customs Department circa 1905-1930. Opium ...

    Images: 3
  • Pennant - Melbourne Soccer Club Silver Jubilee 1957-1982, Melbourne 1982 Object

    Pennant - Melbourne Soccer Club Silver Jubilee 1957-1982, Melbourne 1982

    Pennant, 'Melbourne Soccer Club Silver Jubilee 1957-1982'. This pennant was used in Melbourne in 1982 to celebrate 25 years of the Melbourne Soccer Club, also known as the Melbourne Hun ...

    Images: 1
  • Snuff Box - Brass, James Ovenden, HMCS Victoria, circa 1856 Object

    Snuff Box - Brass, James Ovenden, HMCS Victoria, circa 1856

    Semi-ovoid shaped brass snuff-box engraved with the name "J. Ovenden". Presented to, or owned by, the great-grandfather of donor's wife, James Joseph Ovenden, who served in the Victori ...

    Images: 4
  • Deck Chair - Folding, Michele Grosso, Timber Frame, Blue, Yellow & Red Stripe, 1952 Object

    Deck Chair - Folding, Michele Grosso, Timber Frame, Blue, Yellow & Red Stripe, 1952

    Folding deck chair purchased by Michele Grosso in Messina for use onboard his immigrant voyage to from Italy to Australia in 1952. Michele came from Grammichele in the province of Catan ...

    Images: 2
  • Cup Trophy - Cycling, Awarded to Hubert Opperman, Dunlop Road Race, Kapunda to Adelaide, South Australia, 1926 Object

    Cup Trophy - Cycling, Awarded to Hubert Opperman, Dunlop Road Race, Kapunda to Adelaide, S ...

    Cycling trophy awarded to Hubert Opperman, 5 Sep 1926, for winning the Dunlop Road Race from Kapunda to Adelaide, South Australia. Opperman covered a distance of 106 miles (170.6 km) i ...

    Images: 6
  • Cup Trophy - Cycling, Presented to Hubert Opperman, Sydney to Melbourne Unpaced Cycling Record, 1929 Object

    Cup Trophy - Cycling, Presented to Hubert Opperman, Sydney to Melbourne Unpaced Cycling Re ...

    Cycling award for Hubert Opperman, 9 Nov 1929. Presented by Dominion Broadcasting Co. Pty. Ltd. for Opperman's record ride between Sydney and Melbourne. He covered a distance of 567 (p ...

    Images: 6
  • Photograph Album - E Taylor, Holiday to Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne, 1938 Object

    Photograph Album - E Taylor, Holiday to Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne, 1938

    Photograph Album assembled by the E Taylor, it relates to a 21 day bus tour that he and his wife took through the ACT, New South Wales and Victoria in March/April 1938. This album's ma ...

    Images: 2
  • Projector - Magic Lantern, Toy, Germany, circa 1890s-1910s Object

    Projector - Magic Lantern, Toy, Germany, circa 1890s-1910s

    Children's toy magic lantern projector, designed for domestic use with miniature glass slides. Unknown manufacturer, but probably made in Germany. Similar in design to a Max Danhorn mod ...

    Images: 1
  • Surfboard - Trigger Bros, Thruster, 1990 Object

    Surfboard - Trigger Bros, Thruster, 1990

    Trigger Bros yellow surfboard manufactured in 1990. The 'Thruster' board was designed to be used in waves up to six foot. The Trigger brothers interest in surfing first began in the 196 ...

    Images: 1
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    Snuff Box - Whale Bone, circa 1809-1843

    Whale bone snuff box with four engraved silver plates, reported to have been made from whale baleen (called whale bone on the box) from a whale killed in England in 1809.

    Images: 0
  • Snuff Box - Wood, Old London Bridge, circa 1830s-1870s Object

    Snuff Box - Wood, Old London Bridge, circa 1830s-1870s

    Wooden snuff box reportedly made from a pile of 'Old London Bridge'. Old London Bridge was demolished in 1831.

    Images: 1
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