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Outback House - summer recreation

Imagine leaving your home to travel back to a time over 150 years ago, to live and work on an outback farm. Sixteen Australians take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work like a real station of the 1860s. Have some cool summer fun with the children and station hands. ...


Andy Thomas discusses recreation on Mir, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Australian astronaut and cosmonaut Andy Thomas describing the recreational challenges of living for almost five months aboard the Russian space station Mir in 1998. The recording was made in August 2008.


Kevin Greenhatch and Valerie McKrall playing cricket in front yard, Prahran, 1948

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Kevin Greenhatch, aged 8, playing cricket with Valerie McKrall in December 1948. Kevin and Valerie are on the footpath outside Kevin's family home in Prahran, an inner-eastern suburb of Melbourne. This photograph was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest ...


O'Connor and Bodman families having picnic in bush, St Margaret Island, c1915

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a bush picnic on St Margaret Island, in about 1915. The picnickers are John Joseph 'JJ' O'Connor, his daughter Gray O'Connor and young adopted son Harold (known as Dibby), and Mrs Bodman (first name unknown) and her daughter Mollie Bodman. The image is a digital scan of the original ...


Children playing on a water pump stand, Lake Boga, Victoria, c1910

This image is from a photographic negative titled 'Lake Boga - wooden tower and bathers'. It shows children playing on a wooden water pump stand designed for filling portable water tanks. The stand is located on the lake shore. Other children are playing with a small boat and paddle in the shallows.


Concert room at Ballarat, 1855

This is a watercolour, measuring 22.8 cm x 31.9 cm, by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), a famous colonial artist. It shows Charles Thatcher (1831-78), a comic singer well known on the gold fields, performing popular songs on stage at the Charlie Napier Hotel in Ballarat with a female accompanist. The painting has the artist's ...


Anna Ellerbock and her four young children dressed for Sunday walk, Ringwood East, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Ellerbock family on a dirt footpath, standing next to a white picket fence and flower garden, on Bedford Road, Ringwood East. Anna Ellerbock and her four young children, Anna Jnr, Ingrid, Herb and John Jnr, are dressed up in their best clothes for a Sunday afternoon walk. ...


Nigel Bondfield in Nunawading swimming pool, c1982

This colour photograph features 8-year-old Nigel Bondfield at the Nunawading Swimming Pool in about 1982. It was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006.


Ivy and Frederick Russell sitting in 'dickie' seat of Citroen car on family drive, 1930s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Ivy and Frederick Russell and friends out for a Sunday drive in the 1930s. Ivy and Frederick were relegated to the fold-out 'dickie' seat at the back.


Newspaper football, mid-1980s

This is a paper football made from a newspaper that has been folded and then tied. It was made at Carlton North Primary School in the mid-1980s and is an example of a homemade football created by children from readily available materials. This object is part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection held at Museum ...


Ellerbock family and friends at Croydon swimming pool, 1964

This colour photograph features the Ellerbock family and friends in swimming costumes at Croydon Swimming Pool, 1964. It was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006.


Lampascope magic lantern and lamp, from 1861

This is a lampascope magic lantern, a slide projector for home use. The lampascope is attached to a glass lamp that contains a kerosene burner and that sits on a tall glass lamp post. Both the lampascope and the lamp post are decorated.


Pamphengos magic lantern, c1883

This is a Pamphengos magic lantern, an early slide projector, designed and produced by optician William Charles Hughes. It comprises a black metal box and a gold-coloured section holding a lens. There is space behind the lens to place slides. A chimney is attached to the chimney housing with two screws. The lantern was ...


Gray O'Connor, family and friends standing by shack after swimming, St Margaret Island, c1910

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Gray O'Connor, her family and friends (names unknown) posing after returning from a swim to a makeshift beach shack on St Margaret Island in Gippsland. All but one of the four women and two men appear to wear bathing costumes of the period, the men standing modestly behind a ...


Jean and Florence Cheers listening to a crystal set radio, Brunswick, 1923

This is a black-and-white photograph showing sisters Jean (on the left) and Florence 'Dot' Cheers listening to a crystal set radio in the backyard of their family home, in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. The photograph was taken on Christmas Day, 1923. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.


Nancy Pitts in 'butterfly' costume, Merrigum, 1910s

This image from a photographic negative shows a young girl, Nancy Pitts, with a large bow in her hair and wrapped in a large sheet of cloth made to look like butterfly wings. The photograph was taken in the 1910s by Nancy's aunt, Lilian.


Apple iPod classic - first generation, 2001

This is the original model Apple iPod, a digital music player and storage device. It is pictured here with its cardboard box packaging. The iPod has a mechanical scroll wheel, white ear plugs and FireWire and headset connection ports. This iPod was one of the first procured in Australia - in 2001.


Family setting out for picnic, c1948

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Treloar family setting out from their home in Cockatoo, east of Melbourne, for a picnic in about 1948. They are sitting on the back of an International tray truck. The family would typically travel to picnics on the back of this truck. The image is a digital scan of the original ...


'Crazy Daisy' novelty garden sprinkler fitting, c1980

This is a plastic novelty garden sprinkler attachment called 'Crazy Daisy'. It is 770 mm long, was collected as part of Museum Victoria's 'Curator for a Day' project, and is in the Water Smart Home Collection.


Sydney Pern at picnic in tea-tree scrub, 1912

This photograph shows Dr Sydney Pern at a picnic on St Margaret Island on 12 October 1912. He is sitting on the ground, with the shade of tea-tree scrub behind him, wearing long leather riding boots, riding pants, a tie, jacket and hat. Around him is an assortment of picnic items: a small woven picnic basket, a tea cannister ...