This digital photograph depicts family members Georgie Kelly-Papak, Daniel Papak, Heidi Papak and Thomas Papak standing in their front yard during the State of Victoria's first COVID-19 lockdowns and associated 'stay at home' restrictions. The family are pictured tending to their front garden and creating new garden beds.

Georgie Kelly-Papak, an architect, and Daniel Papak, a small businessowner, were both able to work from home when the COVID-19 lockdowns began in March 2020. 'We were lucky that our jobs could be done remotely', reflected Georgie in August 2020, 'and working from home has meant that we have been able to spend more time together as a family.' Although Georgie and Daniel found it challenging and 'frustrating at times' to adapt to working and parenting from home, they also found many silver linings in the lockdown experience. According to Georgie, 'we actually loved being at home and having time to fix up our house and garden, and especially to have this precious time with our young kids.'

This photograph was taken by Melbourne-based photographer Julie Ewing as part of her 'Across the Fence' photographic series. This series documents life in Melbourne's Darebin region during the first COVID-19 lockdowns that began in Victoria on 14 March 2020. Julie photographed 120 households and 60 businesses during March to May 2020, and this digital photograph is one of 24 images that were acquired into Museum Victoria's Collecting the Curve Collection. These photographs provide a lasting reminder of how neighbourhoods and households in Melbourne were impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic, as well as the unique ways through which individuals and communities adapted their lives and found new routines, traditions and ways of supporting one another.

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