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Listed under:  Society  >  Culture  >  Recreation  >  Outdoor recreation  >  Picnics

Willow Ware cooler with wheels, 2005

This is a rectangular blue-and-white cooler (or esky) with two wheels at one end and a handle at the other, and the original box that it came in. The cooler was manufactured by Willow Ware Australia in 2005. In part, the text on the box reads: '35 litre Wheelie / Metallic Blue Cooler'.


Two boys picnicking at Merrigum, 1910

This image comes from a photographic negative with the title 'Frank Stephenson enjoying afternoon tea with his brother, Merrigum, near Shepparton, 1910'. It shows a picnic with two small boys in the foreground and four girls in the background, all sitting on the ground and wearing hats. The boys are smiling, and one is ...


Extended Papadimitropoulos family picnic in park, c1964

This is a black-and-white photograph of an extended family picnic in an unknown park, in about 1964. The men, women and children are members of the large Melbourne Greek community. They lie happily on rugs on a sunny day, surrounded by trees. This image was collected as part of the museum's 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' ...


'Kadimah' Jewish community annual picnic, Warrandyte, 1937-38

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Jewish community group 'Kadimah' enjoying their annual picnic in Warrandyte in 1937-38. Elias Baitz's Packard automobile is in the background. Rachel Baitz is standing on the left and her daughter Rosa is on the right, leaning on the car. Rosa Baitz's boyfriend, Eddie Perlman ...


Young Australian women and Canadian servicemen on an outing, 1944

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Sybil Oakes and her friends during a picnic outing with Canadian servicemen in Sassafras, in the hills outside Melbourne, in 1944. The three men, all in military uniform, are standing with the four young women on a bush track in front of a sign that reads 'Sassafras / Please ...


Crowd at Returned Services League picnic, c1948

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a Returned and Services League (RSL) sports day and picnic at Silvan Reservoir, in the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne, in 1948 or 1949. A group of men, women and children sit, stand or crouch in long grass in front of a wire mesh fence. Most are chatting and eating. ...


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 ...


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 ...

Interactive resource

Discovering democracy: sport and leisure

View a slideshow of images and text to find out how Australians filled their leisure hours during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Identify holiday activities and methods of reaching holiday destinations. Examine the development of organised sport and other leisure activities, as well as the role that these activities ...


Luna Park, St Kilda on Boxing Day - asset 2

This is a short excerpt from 'The St Kilda Esplanade on Boxing Day', a black-and-white silent documentary film made in 1913. It shows a substantial crowd of people, some on or near an embankment and others inside a large pavilion. Some members of the crowd on the grassy area in the foreground have built makeshift shelters ...


'St Kilda Park'

This is an oil painting by Louis Buvelot (1814-88), measuring 56 cm x 71 cm and painted in about 1889. The main subject appears to be a picnic in Melbourne's St Kilda Park, where several groups of people have gathered in a clearing in the shade of a large gum tree.


Bryce Higgins - Family and Holiday Scenes, 1909: Mount Wellington

This silent black-and-white clip shows home-movie footage shot by cinematographer Ernest Higgins of his family on a picnic at Mount Wellington in Tasmania in 1909. It includes shots of an extended family group enjoying a picnic, including a woman who may be the children's nanny dressed in black with a white apron, four ...