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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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Black and white photograph of Hecla Electrics products ready for distribution from the Hecla distribution office in Castlereagh Street, Sydney, circa 1930. The products include Hecla el ...Images: 1
Hecla factory workers employed assembling electric stoves, possibly at the Little Bourke Street Hecla Factory in Melbourne. The floor is crowded with partially completed "Hecla" Electri ...Images: 1
Hecla factory workers wiring switches on electric stoves, possibly at the Little Bourke Street Factory in Melbourne. The floor is crowded with partially completed "Hecla" Electric Stove ...Images: 1
Hecla factory workers shaping metal components of Hecla products, possibly in the Little Bourke Street factory. The machinery is rudimentary and powered by a driveshaft running along th ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of a Hecla display of products at the Geelong Centenary Manufacturers' Exhibition held in 1938 at the Dennys Lascelles building. This photograph is from an a ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of Hecla advertising material featuring a shield depicting a volcano. The heat from its lava was meant to signify the heat flowing from Hecla electric radiato ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of a shopfront window featuring a display of Hecla heaters in a Siemens (Australia) Pty Limited shop circa 1940. This photograph is from an album containing ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of a shopfront window featuring a display of Hecla products at a State Electricity Commission of Victoria showroom in Moonee Ponds, circa 1920s-40s. This ph ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of Hecla fryer/ bain marie in use, circa 1930s. Stove has large sign reading 'Electric Cooking' over the fume hood and is situated in a commercial kitchen. T ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of display of Hecla heaters and other domestic appliances including examples of the Hecla logo and an advertising poster with the slogan 'CLEAN / QUICK / ECON ...Images: 1