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High-rise housing: Atherton Gardens Estate

This is an information sheet providing a history of Melbourne's slum reclamation and housing estate development in the post-Second World War era, highlighting Museum Victoria's model of the Atherton Gardens Estate in Fitzroy. It is downloadable as a two-page pdf file.


'Your house and mine', 1954 - asset 3

This is a clip from a 22-minute colour documentary made in Melbourne, Victoria in 1954 titled 'Your House and Mine'. In the voice-over, a man describes the various architectural styles of Melbourne houses. A man smokes a cigarette on a ground floor balcony of a multistorey block of flats. Another block of flats is shown ...


Southern Cross Hotel, Melbourne, 1969

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative looking south-west across the Melbourne skyline. The long building in the centre is the Southern Cross Hotel. Moving to its left, the tall buildings are the Gas and Fuel building and the CRA Building. In the centre background is Park Towers, a high-rise public housing ...


Shoe sample, 1933

This is an incomplete shoe sample. It is made of navy leather with white leather decorative detail. It has a narrow strap fastened on the side with a small white-metal buckle.


Construction of Gas and Fuel Corporation towers, Flinders Street, Melbourne, 1967

This is a black-and-white image from the original 1967 negative depicting the Gas and Fuel Corporation towers under construction in Flinders Street, Melbourne. The towers (also known as the Princes Gate Towers) were constructed of brown brick and aluminium windows, and were built over the Flinders Street railway yards. ...

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It's not a square house

In this interview people talk about how they worked together as part of a community to build their unconventional houses. They describe the influence of Buckminster Fuller, and how they shared ideas and experimented with local building materials. See how they achieved their aim to be self-sufficient and sustainable.


Shopfittings from Bates Milk Bar, 1953

These are timber, steel and plastic shop fittings used at Bates Milk Bar in Bondi, Sydney, from 1953. The fittings consist of two etched glass mirrors depicting beach scenes, two small and two large bevelled glass mirrors, one timber wall frame for the mirrors, three plastic-topped tables with plated steel edges, two timber ...

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Visions of energy-efficient house design

Discover how housing design is changing and what it may be like in the future. Energy efficiency has become increasingly important in sustainable housing design. Innovative solutions to reduce the use of resources are the way of the future. Can you imagine living in a parasite house?

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Zou ba! My house: rooms and places

Explore the names for rooms in a house. Find out how to ask and answer questions about where people and furniture are within a house. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Zou ba! My house: locating objects

Find out how to tell someone where to put an object in a house. Explore the location words: shàngmian (on), xiàmian (under), lǐmian (in), pángbiān (next to, beside), hòumian (behind) and qiánmian (in front of). This learning object is one in a series of three objects.


Boys in front of Nissen huts at Nunawading Migrant Hostel, 1958-59

This is a black-and-white photograph showing teenager Michael Clarke and a friend leaning against a tree in front of Nissen huts at the Nunawading Migrant Hostel.


Housing commission flats in Sydney, 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1953 that shows the approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge from North Sydney and New South Wales Housing Commission flats. On the left of the photograph are a petrol station and a car yard, while several cars are shown in the foreground. Attached to the petrol station is a 'FORD' ...


'Your house and mine', 1954 - asset 7

This is a clip from a 22-minute colour documentary made in Melbourne in 1954, Victoria titled 'Your House and Mine'. A number of large mansions from the Victorian era are featured, showing details of carved stonework and cast iron lacework. There is no dialogue and the vision is accompanied by George Frederik Handel's 'Water ...


Afshan runner from the Shirvan district, North Caucasus, c1800

This is a long rectangular runner rug with predominantly woollen warps, cotton wefts and knotted woollen pile. It was manufactured in the Shirvan district of the Kuba region of the North Caucasus in around 1800. The dark blue field is filled with rosettes and palmettes linked by vertically aligned and somewhat geometric ...


Kurdish kilim, 1993-94

This is a traditional Kurdish kilim, handwoven in scarlet wool with multicoloured geometric patterns picked out in green, yellow, black and blue. The kilim is fringed with the white cotton warp threads and has been worked in bands; alternating between red, black and multicoloured sections.


Two men wade through water at the flooded Kodak factory, 1923 or 1934

This is a black-and-white aerial photograph of the Yarra River in flood at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, probably in either 1923 or 1934. The photograph shows two men, probably factory workers, positioned in the doorway of a flooded factory building as they wade through thigh-high water. A corrugated iron ...


Ivan Kucan and friend building friend's home, 1951

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Ivan Kucan, right, and an unknown friend working to build the friend's house in Newport, Victoria.


Staff of J Danson Wicker and Bamboo Furniture factory, c1900

This sepia photograph features the staff of J Danson Wicker and Bamboo Furniture factory and showroom in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, around the turn of the 20th century. The photograph was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006.


Letter to Aircraftman Royce Phillips from his father, 27 Jan 1942

This is a two-page letter, handwritten on lined paper. The paper has browned and there are losses from insect activity. Water staining is also evident. It measures 24.7 cm long x 19.6 cm wide.


Anna and Ivan Kucan and their daughters outside their home in Newport, 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Anna and Ivan Kucan and their daughters, Larysa and Marika, in front of their weatherboard house in Newport, Victoria.