South Melbourne Oral History Project Collection
The South Melbourne Oral History Project Collection comprises 24 interviews, 1,754 pages of interview transcripts and 257 objects collected in conjunction with those interviews. The interviews focussed on home life and work in the home, and covered much of the 20th century in span, from World War I until the 1980s. The objects in the collection include clothing, handcrafts, food preparation and serving equipment, and games.
The South Melbourne Oral History Project was initiated in the late 1980s, when plans were underway for Museum Victoria to move from the its building in Swanston Street to a new facility at Southbank, adjacent to South Melbourne. In preparation for the move, a project was initiated to explore the history of the local community in South Melbourne and develop links to that community. The project, which was funded by the Victorian Women's Trust, was curated by Liza Dale, with Karen Twigg as oral history coordinator, Marilyn Lake as the Latrobe University supervisor, and Latrobe University students conducted the interviews. Although Museum Victoria eventually made its home in Carlton Gardens, the legacy of the South Melbourne Project endures. In the course of the project, 21 women, two men and a couple were interviewed. The interviews focussed on home life and work in the home, including: courting, marriage, first home, childbirth, child rearing, birthdays, kindergarten and school, social life, neighbours, holidays, entertainment, radio, first television, furniture and ornaments, housework, shopping, domestic appliances, weekly routine, food and food storage, food deliveries, nutrition, budgeting, washing clothes, clothes/sewing and work outside the home. The interviews covered much of the 20th century in span, from World War I until the 1980s. The objects in the collection include clothing, handcrafts (including knitting and crochet patterns), food preparation and serving equipment, and games. Reference: 'Work in the Home Education Kit', Museum of Victoria, 1991
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1914-1988; Birth Control; Childbirth; Cleaning Equipment; Clothing; Clothing accessories; Clothing Patterns; Contraception; Crochet Patterns; Cultural Identity; Death & Mourning; Domestic Appliances; Domestic equipment; Domestic life; Domestic Nursing; Domestic work; Food & Drink Consumption; Food preparation; Great Depression, 1929-1939; Handcrafts; Healthcare & Medicine; Home Deliveries; Housework; Housing Estates; Keepsakes; Knitting Patterns; Magazines; Making do; Marriage Customs & Rites; Mental Health; Migration & Settlement; Pregnancy; Recipes; Rites of Passage; Sewing Patterns; Sex Education; Sexuality; Social history; Social Life; Voluntary Work; Wars & Conflicts; Women's Issues; Women's Role; Working life; World War I, 1914-1918; World War II, 1939-1945
South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia