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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 ...


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. ...


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 ...


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.

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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.


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 ...


Nest highchair and prototype pieces, 2002-04

This is a Nest highchair and Nest prototype pieces, manufactured from plastic and metal by Bug Design, New South Wales, sometime between 2002 and 2004. The chair has a rotation-moulded orange polyethylene scooped-out half-shell seat. A detachable tray is supported on a column. There is also a circular pedestal base of powder-coated ...


Chairs and table made from vine, 1880-90

This is a 'rustic furniture' setting of four chairs and a small table made from various thicknesses of dark woody vine by Edward Martin, probably at Woonona, New South Wales. The vines have retained their natural twisted and gnarled features. Each piece of furniture uses thicker pieces of vine for the legs and back ends. ...


'Home Sweet Home' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. In the centre on a sky-blue background is a Federation house. The sky can be seen through the windows and it appears to be hollow. Underneath it are the words 'Home [illegible] Home'. Above the house is the sun in a blue sky. The left and right top sections have ...


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 ...


Kodak factory tennis court and garden in Abbotsford, pre-1948

This is a black-and-white photograph of a fenced tennis court and adjacent gardens at the Kodak factory site in Abbotsford, Melbourne, taken some time before 1948. The view is from the court looking east toward the Yarra River. Just outside the court are garden beds, trees, lawn, a rubbish bin and garden seats. The tall ...


Kodak factory and trees, Abbotsford, early 20th century

This is a sepia-toned photograph showing the exterior of the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, taken in the early 20th century. Buildings that may be visible in this photograph are the paper-coating building, the Powerhouse and the glass-plate building. The photograph measures 210 mm (width) x 164 mm (height).


ANZ Tower at Collins Place under construction, 1974

This is a black-and-white image depicting an elevated view of the building site of ANZ Bank headquarters. ANZ Tower was built as part of the Collins Place development on the corner of Collins and Exhibition streets in Melbourne city. Also visible in the background are Nauru House (under construction) and the Southern Cross ...


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.