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Hume City Civic Collection Sunbury, Victoria

The Hume Civic Collection comprises artworks, photographs, objects and records related to the broad history and culture of the Hume region. Within this, the George Evans Collection is a significant holding of over 5500 objects and photographs, representing the rich social heritage of Sunbury.

Contact Information

location
PO Box 119 Sunbury Victoria 3429 (map)
phone
+61 9205 2200

Contact

Opening Hours

By appointment only.

Entry Fee

Free entry.

Location

40 Macedon Street Sunbury Victoria

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The Hume Civic Collection contains records and artefacts dating back to the establishment of the Shire of Bulla in 1956.
Hume City Council (established 1994) acknowledges the importance of its cultural heritage and maintains a growing collection of artworks and historical items that reflect the artistic, social and political aspirations of the local community.

The collection (formally established in 1987) comprises artworks and heritage items including:

•Works on paper
•Photographs
•Sculpture
•Public art
•Historical documents
•Heritage artefacts
•Paintings

Significance

Local cultural and civic heritage

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Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A sepia print of a group of 21 men standing at attention outside the newsagency in Brook Street, Sunbury. Three men are holding wreaths. There are two drummers and one is in uniform. There are two dogs near the drummers. Some men are wearing medals.

Historical information

The photograph was probably taken on either Anzac Day or Remembrance Day, 11 November because some men are wearing medals and others are holding wreaths.

Inscriptions & Markings

KODAK PRINT / VELOX / (S) 579

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A sepia photograph of Mrs Daisy Nelson (nee Benzley) with three children identified from left to right: Dorothy Grant Nelson, Robert Thurlby Nelson, and Nancy Benzley Nelson.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of 'Arcloney' a Federation style house with a red terracotta gable roof and cream rendered walls. The wooden frames around the windows have been painted dark green and cream. There is a glassed conservatory to the rear of the building.

Historical information

The double storey Federation style house was built in 1911 for Dr. William Cooke Faulkner who was the local doctor until his death in 1922. It was then bought by the local state school headmaster, John James Rogers, for over 6,500 pounds. In the early 1940s a grazier, Eric George Whiteside, bought the property. Bill Landeryou, MLC lived in the house until the late 1980s. He had purchased it from the Campbell family.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of the Prime Minister, Hon. John Gorton standing on a dais and addressing a gathering of people. 11 people are in the official party seated, in the background. A floral arrangement has been placed across the front of the dais.

Historical information

The photograph was taken at the official opening of the Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine. The Prime Minister of the day, the Hon. John Gorton was the official guest at the opening.

Inscriptions & Markings

Other number written on the back: 122AJ/70

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

The photo of St Mary's Anglican Church has been taken from Stawell Street, Sunbury. There is a picket fence along the street line and trees in the churchyard and along the roadway. Unmounted black and white.

Historical information

The original photo is part of an album taken by W.Walls, the front page of which is inscribed "The Hill/Sunbury/April 1897". Whilst most of the photos relate to the environs of the asylum, there are others taken around Sunbury and elsewhere. The original album is held as part of the Mental health Collection. During 2000 this was transferred from Mont Park to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a Victorian home with a return verandah across the front and side. Vines are growing up the metal verandah posts and across the front of the verandah.

Historical information

'Glenara' is situated along the Deep Creek at Bulla and was built on an original government grant of land by Walter Clark. His fourth child, Alistair, spent much of his life there and with the help of his gardener, W.Peers, gained world recognition for introducing 150 new rose species which included the Black Boy and Lorraine Lee. He was also founder of the Moonee Valley Racing Club.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A sepia photograph of an outdoor meeting which took place on the lawns outside the new Shire Offices. The photograph has been constructed from three photographs and gives a panoramic view of the crowd.

Historical information

This photograph was taken at the opening of the new Shire of Bulla Offices in Macedon Street in 1966.

coffee grinder

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A honey coloured wooden coffee grinder with a metal lid and a red handle.

Historical information

This object was used for grinding coffee beans. Originally purchased by Susan Barnett for $2.50 in an 'OP' shop.

Inscriptions & Markings

BE/ (insignia in centre of a dog straddling a globe) / HA / GESCHMIEDETES MALHWERK

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a two arched bluestone bridge over a creek. A wooden post and rail fence painted white has been constructed in front of the original stone wall of the bridge.

Historical information

The Macedon Street Bridge over Jacksons Creek is important because it was built on one of Victoria's first important roads. It replaced a smaller lighter bridge in 1857 and continued to be used until the early 1970s.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A mounted sepia photograph of a group of men and one woman standing on a construction site and in front of a foundation stone. There are 22 men in the photograph with 7 of them dressed in clerical attire. The other men are wearing dark suits. Cream mounting 1.5cm x 2.5 cm.

Historical information

The photo was taken to record the laying of the foundation stone of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (now St. Andrew's Uniting Church) Sunbury 1904.

Inscriptions & Markings

CHR. CHRISTIANSEN

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a DC2 aircraft on the runway at Essendon Airport c.1937. There is a group of people in the foreground. In the background there is an aviation fuel truck.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: DC2 AT ESSENDON c1937

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a Sunbury Fire truck with a driver and four young identified men standing at the back.

Historical information

The Sunbury Fire Station began in......

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a lady and man in colonial dress talking.

Historical information

The photograph was taken at the Colonial Ball which was held to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of white settlement in Sunbury. The lady photographed is Hilda Baird, who was one of Sunbury's oldest residents at the time.

Magazine - Weekly Update

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Staff magazine of Australian Red Cross outlining activities and dates of events happening with Red Cross

Historical information

Weekly magazine produced for Staff of Australian Red Cross, Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Weekly (cross symbol) Update/Staff publication.../Red Cross through the years at Sunbury..."

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of a ruined and roofless bluestone building on a roadside.

Historical information

The ruined bluestone building was the former Bulla Post Office and general store which was gutted by fire in1989. The building was demolished after the fire and the post office was relocated to a service station about 1km away.

Significance

Until it was burnt down, the post office and general store was an important hub in the small town for local residents.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A high wooden foot bridge spans a river with a man standing in the foreground of the picture. Unmounted black and white

Historical information

The original photo is part of an album taken by W.Walls, the front page of which is inscribed "The Hill/Sunbury/April 1897". Whilst most of the photos relate to the environs of the asylum, there are others taken around Sunbury and elsewhere. The original album is held as part of the Mental health Collection. During 2000 this was transferred from Mont Park to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of a disused building. The walls are timber with a corrugated iron roof. Various items of rubble are scattered around the outside of the building and the remains of a 40 gallon drum is in the foreground. Some native trees are growing on either side of the building.

Historical information

The disused farm building is part of a larger farm complex in the Bulla area.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of Sunbury Township looking west from above Jacksons Creek and Goonawarra Winery. Macedon Street can be seen in the middle distance and Mt. Holden and Burke Hill are across the skyline.

Historical information

The photograph although recently taken shows the original settled area in Sunbury, which included Goonawarra Vineyard and Macedon Street which was once the business centre of Sunbury township before the railway was established.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Five men are seated and one man is standing in front of a bluestone building which has an open door and five windows. Unmounted - black and white.

Historical information

The original photo is part of an album taken by W.Walls, the front page of which is inscribed "The Hill/Sunbury/April 1897". Whilst most of the photos relate to the environs of the asylum, there are others taken around Sunbury and elsewhere. The original album is held as part of the Mental Health Collection. During 2000 this was transferred from Mont Park to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Mounted b/w photograph of the store of J. Gilchrist and Son, Evans Street, Sunbury with horse and cart and two gentlemen.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back: J. Gilchrist and Son, General Store, Evans St. (arrow to) Hugh Gilchrist

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white copy of a group of women.

Historical information

This is a black and white photograph of a group of women who were members of the Country Women's Association. The original photograph was taken in the Sunbury Memorial Hall.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of a grey rendered building, along a roadside, which has been damaged by fire wqith a temporary fence surrounding the building.

Historical information

he building which has been damaged by fire is the former Diggers Rest Hotel which was the only surviving hotel along the Calder Highway between the towns of Keilor and Gisborne a distance of approx. 32kms

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a demolished bakery. Two men standing above the oven on the RHS with a heap of rubble in the foreground.

Historical information

The Sunbury bakery which was in O'Shanassy Street was demolished in the 1970s to make way for newer retail development. Bakery Walk off O'Shanassy Street defines the vicinity of the former bakery site.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A head and shoulders photograph of a soldier, possibly William McGregor, from Bulla. He is not wearing a hat. The 'Australia' badge is on the right shoulder and the AIF badge on the right collar.

Metal Jug

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Tapered metal container with pouring spout and handle used for measuring liquids.

Historical information

Thought to be used for measuring liquids in retail premises by Council Inspectors of Weights & Measures Department of Shire of Bulla and donated by Hume Council when amalagmation of Councils took place.

Inscriptions & Markings

on side "1 GALLON" on spout "crown/15 91/VIC"

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

This is a copy of a photograph of a soldier.

Historical information

This is a photograph of Prtivate William Hanlen from Tullamarine No. 1160, 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles Contingent. he was one of several local enlistments for the Boer War in South Africa. In June 1901 he was listed as being dangerously ill

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back: PTE.W.S. HANDLEN

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the wooden ceiling and stone walls of part of a building.

Historical information

The wooden shingle roof is part of the roof of Waylett's Cottage at Greenvale in Somerton Road.

Treacle Tin - Treacle

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A green, red and gold tin used to sell and store treacle. Two stick of sugar cane decorate the front and the back of the round tin. The tin lid on the top of the tin needs to be levered open. The tin's capacity is 2 pounds. The word 'treacle' is written in bold red capital letters.

Historical information

The tins were used by the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. to store and sell treacle which is a by-product of cane sugar and molasses. The tin is labelled with the imperial pound measurement so it preceded metric weights and measures.

Inscriptions & Markings

THE COLONIAL SUGAR REFINING CO. LTD / TREACLE / 2 LB NET / MADE FROM CANE SUGAR ONLY

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photo of entries in the preserves and cakes section in the foreground. There are flower entries on the side and vegetables in the background. Two men are standing to the side.

Historical information

The Sunbury Flower show is held annually and is organised by St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. It is held in the Memorial Hall.

Inscriptions & Markings

bottom RH corner: Chr. Christiansen

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured panoramic view of the construction of the duplication of the Calder Highway in the vicinity of Plumpton Road. It is unmounted.

Historical information

This photograph is of the duplication of the Calder Highway at Diggers Rest in the vicinity of Plumpton Road.