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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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Leaflet 'Painting in Wonderland', issued by Dulux, circa 1960. This material was acquired from the Dulux Archives following their dissolution in May 1999.Images: 1
Colour Chart and Leaflet titled 'Bergermaster All Weather House Paint', issued in 1964. This leaflet is part of a group of material acquired from the Dulux Archives following their diss ...Images: 1
Book entiltled 'The Victorian Gold Valuer's Ready Reckoner' published in 1853. For dozens of registered gold brokers and merchants throughout Victoria, a 'ready reckoner' provided a qu ...Images: 1
Booklet advertising Bangor Ball Bearing Door Hangers, for interior and exterior folding doors, dividers, and elevators, it was published by John Sands Ltd, circa 1935. Bangor Ball Beari ...Images: 1
Framed statement of acknowledgement issued by the Australian Bank Officials' Association (A.B.O.A.) in 1970. The statement acknowledges the role played by four of its female members reg ...Images: 2
Illustrated catalogue, dated January 1929, advertising J. Stone's door designs. John Stone was a timber merchant whose shop was located in Napier Street, Fitzroy, established in 1858.Images: 1
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
Poster issued by the Hospital Employees Federation, campaigning against the privatisation of health services, circa 1980s.Images: 1
PKIU Bulletin titled 'National Wage Case', written by Ian. G. Wenham and issued by the Printing & Kindred Industries Union, Victorian Branch on 20 October 1989.Images: 1