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Working Life & Trades Collection
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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 a sign advertising Hecla electric appliances. This photograph is from an album containing 255 black and white photographs depicting electrical appliances, ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of a display of Hecla domestic products circa 1930s. The products featured are mainly kitchenware with some small heaters as well. This photograph is from an ...Images: 2
Black and white promotional photograph of metal backing piece from 'The Quadra' heater against white background. This photograph is from an album containing 255 black and white photogr ...Images: 1
Black and white promotional photograph of a backing piece from 'The Quadra' heater against mottled grey background. This photograph is from an album containing 255 black and white phot ...Images: 1
Black and white promotional photograph of Hecla Electrics, 'Renown' Heater early 1920s. This photograph is from an album containing 255 black and white photographs depicting electrical ...Images: 1
Black and white promotional photograph of Hecla Electrics 'The Quadra' Heater, post 1939. This photograph is from an album containing 255 black and white photographs depicting electric ...Images: 2
Black and white photograph of street scene featuring a man holding a life sized cardboard cut-out of woman with sign advertising Hecla heaters. This photograph is from an album contain ...Images: 1
Photograph of male and female factory workers assembling Hecla products, possibly at the Little Collins Street or Little Bourke Street premises in Melbourne. The staff sit in an open fa ...Images: 1
Photograph of a male factory worker shaping components of Hecla Electric Safety Kettles. The picture was probably taken at the Little Collins Street or Little Bourke Street factory prem ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph of employees assembling electric kettles, possibly taken at the Little Collins Street factory in Melbourne, circa 1920s. This photograph is from an album co ...Images: 2