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Working Life & Trades Collection
Image: Planes - Jack, Trying, Grooving, Tongueing and Moulding, Yarra Punt Builder
Source: Museum Victoria
This collection aims to document and preserve the history of Victorian workers, and to record their impact on and contribution to Australian society.
Focussing on the post-European settlement period to the present, it aims to reflect the experiences and actions of individuals and groups of workers in different historical, personal, social, economic and cultural settings. It also aims to document the personal and unique renderings of workers' experiences and actions.
Much of the collection documents 'case studies' of working life in Victoria and Australia. These offer insight into a particular type of workplace and work, with some emphasis on workers' voices, while the wider collection represents a variety of working-life skills, experiences and cultures.
The strengths of the collection lie in its coverage of early to mid-20th century factory work, small businesses and trades and the trade union movement. It focuses on work practices in more formal work environments such as factories, commercial workshops and the traditional apprentice-based trades, but is complemented by other collections of less formal workplace objects, such as the home work and handicrafts area in the Domestic and Community Life Collection.
Trades relating to metalworking and precision engineering, especially those requiring the extensive use of machine tools and power tools, are covered under the Engineering Collection rather than in Trades.
- Barfoot Bootmaking Collection: 211 items from a former surgical bootmaker's business.
- Bruhn Collection: 985 items from a father and son woodturning shop operated in Carlton and later South Melbourne, 1920s-1980s.
- Grenoble Gloves Collection: 454 items from a Melbourne glove factory started in 1944.
- McInnes Delicatessen and Butcher's Shop: 106 items from the East Malvern shop, which operated from 1933 to the 1970s.
- Newmarket Saleyards Collection: 27 items from former livestock saleyards.
- Pigment Manufacturers of Australia (PMA): 135 items from a major paint manufacturing plant at Laverton, 1960s-1990s.
- Sam Brown Bootmaker's Collection: 297 items from a former bootmaker's shop in Albert Park, c. 1930s-1980s.
- Simpson's Gloves Collection: 1491 items from the former Simpson's Glove Factory which operated in Victoria Street, Richmond, from 1924 until 1988.
- Victorian Institute for the Blind Collection: 107 items from former RVIB workshops.
- Artworks, including Ambrose Dyson, David Armfield and Aileen Brown, 1950s-1980s.
- 'Stick Together' radio program oral history collection, 1970s-1980s.
- Contemporary occupational health and safety material, 1990s.
- Stonemason's tools and early bootmaking machinery.
See The Working Life Collection, and an essay on this collection from A Museum for the People: A history of Museum Victoria and its predecessor institutions 1854-2000.
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Prohibition Notice issued by Department of Labour to the Royal Victorian Institute of the Blind dated 16 February 1989. The notice relates to the use of the rope plaiting machine at the ...Images: 2
Folder of documents containing guidelines for the installation and service of the Thorvald Clasen trimming machine and sharpener, circa 1950s-1980s. Some are from the manufacturer and o ...Images: 1
Stencil with the wording 'Made by the Blind' manufactured circa 1985. It was was used by visually impaired workers in the matmaking workshop of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Bli ...Images: 1
Set of seven metal stencils with the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9 they were used at the matmaking workshop at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, circa 1985-1992. They were used ...Images: 1
Set of four metal rods manufactured by Park Avenue Wrought Iron, circa 1980-1990. They were used at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind by visually impaired workers on the rod l ...Images: 1
Set of Stewart Shearmaster electric shears manufactured by Sunbeam, circa 1986. They were used in the mat making workshop at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind from about 1986 ...Images: 1
Mat with image of a lighthouse made by Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Factory workers, circa 1966. The mat was made by visually impaired workers at the R.V.I.B. matmaking works ...Images: 1