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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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Can contains potatoes. Weighs 11 lbs. Nett. Made by Swallow and Ariell Ltd, Australia. Dated circa 1914-1918, the can is likely to relate to the provision of preserved food in World War ...Images: 1
Transfer print, probably intended to be applied to a manufactured product. William Henry Blakeley (1839-1921) was founder of the saw manufacturing empire W.H. Blakeley & Company Pty L ...Images: 2
Ribbon of the Federated Iron, Brass and Steel Moulders Union of Australasia from circa 1899-1914. This ribbon was used to celebrate the Eight Hour Day. This item is part of a collectio ...Images: 1
Ribbon belonging to the Federated Iron, Brass and Steel Moulders Union of Australasia. It was used to celebrate the Eight Hour Day. This item is part of a collection relating to Austra ...Images: 1
Ribbon belonging to the Federated Iron, Brass and Steel Moulders of Australasia in support of the 1913 referendum. The ribbon may have been issued during the referendum on the Australia ...Images: 1
'Keller' brand sewing machine in its original case brought to Australia by Dorothea Dunzinger [formerly Huber and nee Freitag] when she migrated from Austria to Melbourne in 1959. Dorot ...Images: 8
Model made before 1915, depicting a method of laying slates on a building roof. The model was purchased by Museum Victoria in 1915 from G. Cussons of Manchester, England.Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Honour Roll Polished wooden board with script and symbols commemorating members of the Geelong Branch of the Operative Painters & Decorators Union who served in Wo ...Images: 1
Badge used at a union-organised sporting event held in Ballarat to celebrate the Eight Hour Day. The Eight Hour Day march commemorated a successful protest march held on April 21, 185 ...Images: 1
Pair of scissors designed for use in the textile industry, one of a small number of personal possessions brought to Australia by Dorothea Dunzinger [formerly Huber and nee Freitag] when ...Images: 1