Queensland Museum Domestic Life Collection
This collection includes objects for personal use, such as spectacles, toothbrushes and vanity sets along with objects found around the home, like cutlery, mixing bowls or washboards. New inventions represented in the domestic life collection include the prototype pineapple peeler and innovative home medicine solutions. Objects date from across the 19th and 20th centuries, with the largest subsets created between 1920 and 1950.
The social history collection at the Queensland Museum is rich in objects from domestic life. These range from 19th century furnishings through to modern kitchen gadgets. Objects from the domestic sphere provide an insight into lifestyles, social mores, new inventions and entertainments throughout Queensland history. The day-to-day goings on in the Queensland family home are as important to our understanding of the past as politics or public events.
Cookware; Domestic life; Packaging; Social history