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 61 - 70) 1400 items

  • Program - 'World's Professional Tennis Tour', 1948 Object

    Program - 'World's Professional Tennis Tour', 1948

    Official program for the first World's Professional Tennis Tour of Australia, 1948. The tour commenced in Sydney, then to Melbourne where games were played at the (Royal) Exhibition Bui ...

    Images: 13
  • Programme - Cycling, Olympic Park Velodrome, 3 Dec 1956 Object

    Programme - Cycling, Olympic Park Velodrome, 3 Dec 1956

    Official Program for the cycling competition held at the Olympic Park Velodrome on Monday 3 Dec, 1956. The Games of the XVI Olympiad were held in Melbourne and Ballarat from 22 Novemb ...

    Images: 3
  • Programme - Swimming, Olympic Park Pool, 3 Dec 1956 Object

    Programme - Swimming, Olympic Park Pool, 3 Dec 1956

    Official Program for the swimming competition held at the Olympic Park Pool on Monday 3 Dec, 1956. The Games of the XVI Olympiad were held in Melbourne and Ballarat from 22 November t ...

    Images: 3
  • Screwdriver - Chisel Head, England, circa 1940s Object

    Screwdriver - Chisel Head, England, circa 1940s

    Small screw driver, one of a number of hardware tools brought to Australia by Stanley Hathaway when he migrated from England in 1951. Stanley had been a mechanical engineer and then a h ...

    Images: 2
  • Screwdriver - Chisel Head, England, circa 1940s Object

    Screwdriver - Chisel Head, England, circa 1940s

    Small screwdriver, one of a number of hardware tools brought to Australia by Stanley Hathaway when he migrated from England in 1951. Stanley had been a mechanical engineer and then a ha ...

    Images: 2
  • Screwdriver - Phillips Head, England, circa 1940s Object

    Screwdriver - Phillips Head, England, circa 1940s

    Small screwdriver, one of a number of hardware tools brought to Australia by Stanley Hathaway when he migrated from England in 1951. Stanley had been a mechanical engineer and then a ha ...

    Images: 2
  • Set Square - England, circa 1940s Object

    Set Square - England, circa 1940s

    Set square, one of a number of hardware tools brought to Australia by Stanley Hathaway when he migrated from England in 1951. Stanley had been a mechanical engineer and then a hardware ...

    Images: 2
  • Slide Rule Set - 'Unique', England, circa 1940s Object

    Slide Rule Set - 'Unique', England, circa 1940s

    Slide rule with box and instruction booklet. It is one of a number of hardware tools brought to Australia by Stanley Hathaway when he migrated from England in 1951. Stanley had been a m ...

    Images: 2
  • Spanner - Metal, England, circa 1940s Object

    Spanner - Metal, England, circa 1940s

    Small spanner, one of a number of hardware tools brought to Australia by Stanley Hathaway when he migrated from England in 1951. Stanley had been a mechanical engineer and then a hardwa ...

    Images: 2
  • Handkerchief - Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Celebrations, Victoria, 1953 Object

    Handkerchief - Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Celebrations, Victoria, 1953

    Souvenir handkerchief commemorating the coronation celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. It was acquired at the time of the celebrations in Ballarat by Lucy Hathaway who had migr ...

    Images: 1
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