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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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Red vinyl pouch containing a pair of scissors and a weaving or knitting machine comb, one of a small number of personal possessions brought to Australia by Dorothea Dunzinger [formerly ...Images: 3
Identity card issued to Dorothea Dunzinger as an employee at the Cadbury-Schweppes Factory in Caterbury Road Ringwood during the 1980s. Born in 1929 near Graz, Austria, Dorothea was a ...Images: 1
Cloth-lined cardboard storage case for slide rule used to calculate conversions between different scales of measurement on a linear scale. The scales of measurement include log-log (LL) ...Images: 4
Unused membership certificate from the New South Wales Operative Bakers' Association, issued circa 1890s-1900s.Images: 1
Character reference written for William James Latham by the mine manager at Kaitangata, Otago, New Zealand. Latham, who worked for The New Zealand Coal & Oil Company Ltd at Kaitangata f ...Images: 1
Card in which William James Latham's monthly contributions to the Kaitangata Coal Miners' Industrial Union of Workers were recorded. The card was issued on 7 April 1921, and the last en ...Images: 2
Clearance certificate confirming that William Latham had paid his union dues to the New Zealand Coal, Gold, Shale, Quarry and Tunnel Workers' Federation, and was 'entitled to recognitio ...Images: 1
Card in which to record William James Latham's contributions to the National Amalgamated Union of Enginemen, Firemen, Mechanic, Motormen & Electrical Workers. The card is dated 1920, an ...Images: 2
Contribution card in which William James Latham's contributions to the Warwickshire Miners' Association are recorded. The card is dated 1920, and acknowledges Latham's transfer in Febru ...Images: 3
A form letter acknowledging receipt of William James Latham's application for permanent employment as a penal warder for the Office of the Public Service Commissioner, Victoria.Images: 1