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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. ...


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.


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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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.

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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.

Interactive resource

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 ...


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 ...


Victa Razor lawnmower, 2004

These is a 2004 Victa Razor lawnmower with a Victa VSX160 two-stroke petrol engine. The lawnmower has an alloy chassis and a blue plastic catcher with grey-and-black trim. 'VICTA' is printed in black on each side of the catcher and printed in grey between the front wheels.


Cox Stockman lawn tractor, 2005

This is a red and grey Cox Stockman 2005 ride-on lawn mower, manufactured from mixed materials by Cox Industries (Australia) Pty Ltd, Queensland. It features four black rubber tyres, an internal steel chassis, front-mounted engine, mid-mounted seat and driver control area and rear-drive axle. The external body is made mostly ...


Concept sketch for Breville 800 Class Citrus Press, 2003

This is an early concept sketch of a Breville 800 Class Citrus Press, pencil on paper by designer Keith Hensel at Breville Design - Housewares International, New South Wales, 2003.


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 ...