Relive the good old days

Take a journey back in time to a by-gone era where lovers locked eyes across dance floors, the night man emptied the dunny and TV was a luxury household commodity.

Couple dancing at a Swallow & Ariell social function held at 9 Darling Street reception center. The man is lifting the woman off the ground, behind them are people seated at tables.

Rock ‘n’ roll

Rock 'n' roll began taking the airwaves and Australia by storm in the 1950s. Explore a range of activities focussed on the music, fashion, icons and fads that became popular with this new generation.

Team portrait of the Shell Company Australian Rules Football team, taken at Toorongo Oval.

Track and field

In the mood for reminiscing about a gold medal winning moment or that time your team won the premiership? Explore activities focussed on mid-20th century Victorian sporting history, moments and milestones.

A man using a wood lathe.

In the shed

Relive times spent in the shed with a range of activities centered around carpentry, gardening, mechanics, and other hobbies and recreational activities commonly enjoyed in the shed.

Three boys playing with a toy train set, teddy bear and other toys on the lawn of a backyard.Three brothers Darryl, John and Trevor Hawksworth, in the backyard of the Hawksworth family home, Strathmore, 1949.

Childhood games

Did you grow up in a time when children roamed more freely, taking over the streets with games of cricket, cops and robbers, and marbles? Relive popular childhood games from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Product photograph of a pie dessert, a slice has been removed and placed on a plate in front of it. There is a fork and spoon placed next to it.

Recipes for remembering

The way we procure, prepare and consume food has certainly changed a lot over the years. Relive memories of home cooking and changing food trends from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Portrait of Mrs Andrews using a sewing machine at Ashburton.

Stitches through time

Did you grow up wearing carefully constructed home-made garments? Or know your way around a sewing machine? Relive the good old days of home haberdashery with a range of activities.

The passenger liner Fairsea near port, 1950.

Port to port

Did you migrate to Australia by ship? Relive the memories of your journey with a range of activities inspired by post war Australian migration.

Couples dancing at the Royale Ballroom in the Exhibition Building, circa 1950s.

Dance hall days

Revisit the music, dances, celebrities and venues of a bygone era where dancing and dance halls dominated the social scene.

Three girls riding their bikes to Ferntree Gully, 1940.

Transport and travel

Do you remember the sounds of horses' hooves, cable cars or car horns? Or the feeling of owning and driving your first car? Reminisce about forms of transport and travel from last century with a range of activities to do at home.

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