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Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Image: Digital Photograph - Four Girls in Shallow Water, St Kilda Beach, circa 1910
Source: Museum Victoria
In 2006 Museum Victoria embarked upon a community collecting project with past and present Melburnians, who searched their private albums for their favourite photographs of Melbourne. Over 1000 family photographs were collected for 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album'. Selected photographs are featured in the 'Melbourne Story' exhibition.
These wonderful images have opened up many new perspectives on Melbourne's history, and provide evocative, personal insights into life in Melbourne from the late 19th century to the early 21st century. More than just records of individual family life, these photographs are a wonderful resource for exploring the history of communities, places and events.
Featuring approximately 170 Melbourne suburbs, the photographs depict people of all ages, from a range of cultures. Melburnians are captured at home, on the streets, working, celebrating, travelling, playing and mourning. These photographs also show some of our city's hidden histories - people travelling on public transport, hanging out their washing, browsing inside shops, sleeping in their bedrooms, and washing in the bathroom.
The Biggest Family Album concept is based around the copying of photographs rather than the donation of originals, meaning that families retain their precious photos, while archival copies are held at the museum. For this project, the copying was done in digital format using a high resolution digital camera.
The Melbourne collecting project was conducted in partnership with four public libraries, in Beaumaris, Box Hill, Broadmeadows and Footscray. Library staff and local council officers supported and promoted the project, while ABC radio, community newspapers and The Age newspaper assisted with publicity.
Over 120 contributors responded enthusiastically to the invitation to share their photographs, with most bringing several generations of family photographs with them. Contributors also often came along with a family member who could help with accurately documenting the photographs. They brought with them not just photographs, but stories, emotions and a passion about their place in history. More than a few tears were shed as personal anecdotes were remembered and recounted to museum staff.
The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection was based on The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection project, undertaken by the museum in the 1980s and 1990s, to collect copies of family photos from rural and regional Victoria. This pioneering project was immensely successful, resulting in a collection of over 9,000 photos dating from the 1890s to the 1940s. These photographs continue to be a resource for the entire community, appearing in education programs, history books, exhibitions, student projects, and community projects. http://museumvictoria.com.au/bfa/
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Contributed by Mr Peter DoolanFrom: Brunswick, Australia Images: 1
This photograph shows Nancy Bodman in 'hunting gear' with a shot gun and her dog, St Margaret Island, circa 1916. The O'Connor family leased the island for a period of time in the ear ...Images: 1
Contributed by Dr Christina CheersFrom: Port Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Photograph of a studio portrait of Alice Mary Watson. It was taken at Vita Portrait Studio, which was located at 125 Swanston St between 1889 and 1900. Between 1885 -1889 the studio wa ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Black and white photograph showing the Booth family in front of their Holden station wagon, in their driveway in East Doncaster, January 1967. The Booth family was going away for the ...From: Doncaster East, Australia Images: 1
Contributed by Mrs Lisa CollisFrom: Chelsea, Australia Images: 2
Black and white photograph showing Bernie Concidine, who was a cook in the army during World War II. Here he is pictured sleeping in the backyard of the Quaife family home in Auburn in ...Images: 1
Black and white photograph showing members of the Jewish 'Kadimah' community organisation enjoying their annual picnic in Warrandyte, in Melbourne's east in 1937-38. Elias Baitz's Pa ...From: Warrandyte, Australia Images: 2
In this photograph, Gray O'Connor, Mollie and Nancy Bodman are walking the 'kangaroo' dogs, at Woodside, South Gippsland, about 1910. The one on the left was called 'Old Lion'. The ph ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1