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.

Items per page: 10 50 (showing 31 - 40) 1330 items

  • 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
  • Diary - David Yuile, SS 'City of Dunedin' & SS 'Albion', Scotland to Victoria, via New Zealand, 1872 Object

    Diary - David Yuile, SS 'City of Dunedin' & SS 'Albion', Scotland to Victoria, via New Zea ...

    Diary written by David Yuile who came to Victoria via New Zealand from Scotland on 21 September 1872, for his health. The diary contains daily entries which describe his departure, voya ...

    Images: 7
  • 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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ... 133
Yes No