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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 61 - 70) 1327 items
Metal cake tin sold in the 1930s by an unknown Australian manufacture to take advantage of the popularity of the champion race horse Phar Lap.Images: 1
Black and yellow teddy bear featuring a Richmond Football Club 'Tigers' cloth label adhered to its chest. It is possible that this bear was adapted by its Richmond supporting owners and ...Images: 1
Electromechanical calculating machine, manufactured by Automatic Totalisators Ltd of Sydney, Australia, circa 1926. Known as the 'Julius Horse Adder", the totalisator was installed in ...Images: 22
Patons knitting book, dated early1960s, titled 'Knitting for Football'. This knitting book illustrates a market in handmade Victorian Football League footy fan gear, prior to the rise ...Images: 1
Puppet head designed and made by Melbourne sculptor and puppeteer Richard Mueck. It was designed to be used with a simple body dressed in regular full sized clothing. It depicts a cari ...Images: 3
Children's toy magic lantern projector, designed for domestic use with miniature glass slides. Originally the projector would have come in a box and included lantern slides. The illumin ...Images: 3
Medal minted by Stokes and awarded to B. O'Sullivan, B. Napthene and B. Morris (Cox) for winning first place in the V?H Section of the 1976 Leeton Rowathon. The Leeton Rowathon was an ...Images: 1
Braille domino set handmade by Mr. Foster at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, circa 1940, for recreational use there.Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Button Membership Badge for the Blind Institute Royals Cricket Club manufactured by Stokes & Son, circa 1920s-1950s. Blind cricket was invented in Melbourne in 192 ...Images: 1
Basketball trophy, the first won by Bul Ayuel Bulkoch in Melbourne in 1999 through the Albert Park Junior Basketball Association. Bul arrived in Melbourne at the age of 13 as a Sudanese ...Images: 2