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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•Historical documents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 black and white photograph of the Deep Creek and three arched bluestone bridge in the Bulla Township with the Kaolin Quarry in the background. One truck is crossing the bridge with a tanker approaching the bridge at the bottom of the Bulla Hill.

Historical information

The Kaolin Quarry at Bulla supplied Kaolin to the Northcote and Brunswick Pottery Works until it ceased operation at that site in the 1950s. The three arched bluestone bridge r3placed a ford crossing across Deep Creek, which along with Jacksons Creek flows into the Maribyrnong River.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph mounted on cardboard of a blustone bridge across Deep Creek at Bulla.

Inscriptions & Markings

written on back: Bulla Bridge

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A passport photo of John Forbes torn from his passport issued on 17 June 1970 in Melbourne.

Historical information

John Forbes was a resident of Sunbury.

Inscriptions & Markings

Department of Immigration stamp / Melbourne / 1970 / R. BRITTAIN / Signed J. A. Forbes / (also photograph of bearer)

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of the students at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic School, Sunbury. 1952

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of Cornish Street, looking west taken from Horne Street, with an avenue of pine trees on either side of the road. There is a roundabout at the first intersection and Mt. Holden can be seen in the distance.

Bottle milk

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A small glass bottle used to hold a third of a pint of milk.

Historical information

This object was used to distribute free milk to primary school children during the early 1950's. This distribution of milk was a means of ensuring the children had some way of obtaining milk.

Inscriptions & Markings

on shoulder "THIRD PINT MILK..."

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the former Sunbury State School No. 1002. It is a red brick Federation building with a red terracotta tiled roof and wooden white painted trims. There are two stepped brick chimneys with terracotta chimney pots and six air vents protruding from the roof. There is a small porch at the front of the building.

Historical information

The brick building was constructed in 1911/1912 and replaced an earlier school building. In 1942/43 the school building was extended to cope with the increased population in Sunbury. The State School remained on the Macedon Street site until 1999 when it was relocated to the restored former Industrial School at Jacksons Hill.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of an elderly couple. The man is standing and the woman is seated.

Historical information

This is a photograph of Richard Davis and his wife Ellen Jane nee Hobson who owned Winilba Vineyard in Vineyard Road, Sunbury.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written underneath the photograph: "Richard Davis and Ellen Jane nee Hobson"

Beer Cans

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Aluminium 370ml. can for beer. Green and gold background with red and white writing also sketch of quitar playing singer on can. Opening on top for pouring or drinking.

Historical information

Used at Sunbury Pop Festival staged on George Duncan's property in 1975.

Inscriptions & Markings

"COURAGE/CREST/LAGER/370ml..."

Overalls (Inmates)

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Overalls in light grey cotton with white pinstripe. Back straps held at bib with two buckles. Single pocket on right front hip. Opening on right side. (Metal Button)

Historical information

Worn by patients at Sunbury Asylum

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A threshing scene showing a thresher and traction engine.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front: Matson and Frazer., / 264 LITTLE COLLINS STREET Handwritten on back: 'Eric Boardman' steam engine / chaff cutter / cut Starkies hay in Jakka On front of thresher: Mr BURTON..................TOOLERN Side of thresher: JOHN BUNGLE AND SON

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of Francis Boulevard at the Goonawarra Estate showing the entrances and landscaping and looking south to Sunbury Road and Jacksons Hill (Sheoak Hill).

Historical information

On 4th August 1978 the construction of the Goonawarra Housing Estate commenced. The estate was formerly known as the Goonawarra Farm and overloked the Sunbury town area and Jacksons Creek valley. Plans for the new development included a gold course, housing, community and recreational facilities. The construction continued througout the last two decades of the twentieth century and into the twenty first century.

Beret

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A brown woollen felt beret. The beret has been made from 8 triangles pieced together with top stitching either side of the seam.

Historical information

The beret was part of the winter uniform for Mt. Carmel Catholic School.

Inscriptions & Markings

Created by / Varden Melb / Finest Quality

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A b/w photograph of a battle scene at Gallipoli during World War 1.

Historical information

Battlefield scene after charge Gallipoli 1915 Dead Turks on battlefield.

Inscriptions & Markings

JACKO - BATTLEFIELD AFTER AUSTRALIANS .................... ...FAMOUS CHARGES GALLIPOLI ...............15

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the main entrance to the Sunbury Downs Secondary College showing the cream and orange brick portico and terracotta and concrete paved forecourt.

Historical information

The series of photographs were taken shortly after the opening of the second Secondary College, Sunbury Downs, in Sunbury in 1987. The first high school opened in Sunbury in 1959 in the local Memorial Hall. Sunbury Downs Secondary College was built west of the town in Mitchells Lane.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a small bluestone gaol with a shingle roof and two wooden doors. The modern police station is in the background and a plaque set in bluestone is on the RHS of the photograph.

Historical information

In 1990 the small gaol was dismantled from its site at Aitken's Gap and relocated in Sunbury outside the new police station.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of Rupertswood Mansion.

Historical information

The foundation stone was laid on 29 August 1874 by the first wife of Sir William Clarke, ................. The building of Rupertswood was a most important event in the district history because .........................

Bottle - E. Murphy Riddell's Creek

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A light green bottle used for soft drinks. The neck is broken and at the base of neck there is provision for a wire clamp which held the ball at the opening in place. There is embossed writing around the bottle. The base of the bottle is recessed.

Historical information

This bottle was used by E. Murphy of Riddell's Creek.

Inscriptions & Markings

E. MURPHY / EM / REG'D / RIDDELL'S CREEK

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A sepia coloured photo of the Rev and Mrs Gayer with their daughter, Crystal, in a garden setting with an afternoon tea set up. The photo is mounted on a grey cardboard mat. There are a number of stains and some foxing on it and also a number of pin holes and an area of superficial paper loss centre top of the mat.

Historical information

The Rev. Charles Edward Gayer was the vicar at St. Mary's Church of England in Sunbury during the early decade of the twentieth century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Matson and Frazer 264 Collins Street

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 b/w photograph of a group of dignified gentlemen and one woman around a foundation stone and a partly completed brick building.

Historical information

It is a photo of Mrs. Duncan, pictured with the trowel in her hand, laying the foundation stone for St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Sunbury in 1904. Written on the back: 'Foundation Stone - St. Andrew's'

Inscriptions & Markings

THIS MEMORIAL ST / was laid by / MRS J. DUNCAN / 17 August 1904 / H. W. & E. B. TOMPKINS. R & W CO. /CAHILL MINISTER

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of dancing in the Memorial Hall. Mounted on card.

Historical information

This photograph shows the debutantes dancing at the 1973 Presidential Ball at the Memorial Hall held on 11 May 1973.

Can

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Royal Crown Cola blue aluminium 370ml. can.

Historical information

Used at Sunbury Pop Festival held on George Duncan's property in 1975.

Inscriptions & Markings

"It's right for you/Royal Crown Cola...."

Bottle, wine

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Conventional bronze green glass bottle with indented base. Cream, gold & maroon printed labels. On the front there is a map impression of Longview Gorge in Sunbury. On the back there is geographical and historical information about the vineyard. There is black cap with a thin gold band at its base which covers the neck and opening of the bottle.

Historical information

The bottle was donated to the museum by Ron and Joan Parker for use in the exhibition ' A history of the Vineyards in Sunbury' held in the George Evans Museum in 1996. The vineyard was planted in 1992.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front label: " LONGVIEW CREEK / SUNBURY / PINOT NOIR / 1994 / Produce of Australia"; " S A A 5300" embossed on the glass around the base of the bottle.

Mckenzie's Excelsior Baking Powder

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Small tin with white and gold packaging

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A mounted b/w photograph of a view of a waterfall (possibly at Craiglee).

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front: L. Davis / PORTRAIT AND LANDSCAPE ARTIST

Corset

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Pink floral embriodered cotton material corset with stays, elastised inserts, metal hook and eye closure, two lace-up sections with elastic straps and metal buckles, four suspenders

Historical information

This item was used by women to enhance their figure (body) and hold their stockings in place. Although still sometimes used they were mainly used prior to the making of pantyhose approximately 1960.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tag "Gross/Support"

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.

Music Book - The Rose of No Man's Land

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Music book, yellow background with Red Cross Nurse holding vase of flowers on front cover. Three loose pages. 407 $1 written in pencil on front. In fragile condition.

Historical information

Words and music of popular song about Red Cross Nurses during World War 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

front "The/Rose of No Man's Land/ words by..."

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Mounted b/w photograph of Frank Mounsey, 3rd Field Engineers. His sister was Mrs McCormack. He is in a seated position with his arms crossed at chest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front: The Marlborough Studios, 125 Swanston Street, Melbourne Handwritten on front: Frank Mounsey Mrs McCormack's brother - 3rd Field Engineers ...?.... (133)