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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•Historical documents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 coloured photograph of a group of people standing on the platform at Sunbury Railway Station about 1872.

Inscriptions & Markings

SUNBURY RLY STATION ?? under photograph

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of a double fronted bluestone building with a low pitched slate covered roof and the side garden. The property at Bulla was the council chambers for the former Shire of Bulla. The guttering around the roof line has been painted red and the facia boards are primrose.

Historical information

The former bluestone Bulla Shire Hall building was constructed in 1867 and remained the centre of local government until the early 20th century when the administration was moved to Sunbury. In the 1990's the Alister Clark Rose Garden was established in the surrounding grounds. The garden is open to the public all the year round. In 1999 the rose garden was officially opened.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A b/w mounted portrait of an unidentified male.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on front: The Swiss Studios, Melbourne

Certificate - Registrar's Certificate for undertaker

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A seventh schedule standard registrar's certificate for the undertaker used in the 1930s. The certificate shows the date of registering the deceased, the names of the deceased and the registrar / the burial certificate has been removed // The number 715 is stamped in the top RH corner in pencil. The registrar's signature is stamped at the end of the information.

Historical information

The certificate was filled in by the registrar who sent it to the undertaker. The burial certificate was attached and the undertaker detached it and returned it to the registrar after the burial. The certificate registers the death of Clara Isabella Cross and the date of registration was 9 January 1939.

Inscriptions & Markings

Alfred Allison / Head Office / 221 Victoria St / West Melbourne / Phone F 1980 and F 4308 /Alfd Allison / WALTER WILLIAM LANG / Clara Isabella Cross / 9 Jan 1939 / 9 Jan 1939 / W. W. Lang /

Cufflinks - The President, Councillors and Citzens of the Shire of Bulla

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

One pair of enammelled cufflinks in a blue velvet case.

Historical information

This item was produced as a souvenir from the former Shire of Bulla.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The President, Councillors..."

Reading Glasses

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A pair of brown horn rimmed glasses used for reading in the 1960's with a brown leatherette case.

Historical information

These glasses were prescribed for reading in the 1960's. The heavy style frame was very fashionable. The brown leatherette case has Coles & Garrard/Optomertrist & Optician printed in gold lettering.

Inscriptions & Markings

on case "Coles & Garrard..."

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of two completed display homes built by Craftsmen and Kilkenny Homes in lakes Drive at Goonawarra.. There are two houses in the street. The front gardens have been landscaped with lawn and flowerbeds. The corner area at the curb has been mulched around the lightpole.

Historical information

On 4th August 1978 construction began on the Goonawarra Housing Estate which was on land formerly known as Goonawarra Farm. The estate overlooked the jacksons Creek valley and Sunbury township. Plans for the new development included a golf course, which opened in 1989, houses, community services and recreational facilities. Housing construction continued into the 1980s, 1990s and into the twenty first century.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph showing the extent of demolition work which was done to the rear of a double fronted Victorian cottage. The slates on the roof have been removed and a bulldozer is in the yard clearing away the rubble that remains after a rear wall has been demolished. One side of the house and 3 brick chinmeys with cornice tops are still intact.

Historical information

The series of five photographs feature various stages of the demolition of a double fronted brick Victorian cottage which was on the east side of Evans Street opposite the railway line and local football ground. A KFC complex now occupies the site.

Rupertswood Battery Collection

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

One wine glass with two gold decals and gold on lip.

Historical information

This item is a wine glass commemorating the diamond jubilee 1927-1987 of Rupertswood.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rupertswood a living history..."

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of Bert and Lil Kelly standing in front of a wooden panelled wall with three honour boards attached to the wall.

Historical information

The photogfraph was taken when Bert kelly was sworn in as the Shire President for the former Shire of Bulla in 1976.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A b/w postcard size full portrait of Corporal R. T. Naughton at ease with hand behind back.

Historical information

Field Artillery 1st AIF

Inscriptions & Markings

Typewritten on front: CORPORAL R.T. NAUGHTON Printed on back: POST CARD YEOMAN & CO (FRED MEYER) SYDNEY ROAD, BRUNSWICK Handwritten on back: LANCE CORPORAL R.T. NAUGHTON / WITH JAS. NAUGHTON'S COMPLIMENTS / TO MR ARTHUR BOARDMAN

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of a former councillor, Ken Webster and Mrs. Webster standing in front of two honour rolls in the shire offices.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white image of Miss Uraina Cullinan kneeling on the ground holding a sheep at her farm "Bayview" in Diggers Rest.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Uraina Cullinan / Diggers Rest

Booklet - SUNBURY RACING CLUB

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A small four page pamphlet.

Historical information

A copy of General Rules of the Sunbury Racing Club that were adopted by members on Monday September 15 1902 at a Special General Meeting. The chairman was Mr. R.W.Lethbridge

Inscriptions & Markings

"SUNBURY/RACING CLUB/GENERAL RULES"

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of a remaining stone cottage with its wooden shingle roof, the wooden and corrugated iron outbuilding and the stone wall.

Historical information

This is a photograph of one of the many stone ruins of buildings which can be seen in the Sunbury district and surrounding areas. This series of 13 photographs show various views of one of the remaining uninhabited stone cottages which were built in the early days of the district's settlement.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A sepia photograph of three men smiling for the camera after the water was turned on . John Wilton is in the centre and John Mcmahon is on his left.

Historical information

The photograph was taken to commemorate the 'turning on' of the water from the Bolinda, Main and Charles Creek schemes by the then Minister for Water Supply, the Hon. W.J Mibus MLA, on 15 August 1962.The scheme allowed for greater water capacity in the holding areas and an increase in water distribution. C.W. Candy ere the project's engineers. John McMahon was the chairman of the Sunbury Watwerworks Trust and John Wilton was the MLA for ther local area.

Rupertswood battery Collection

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

One wine glass with old around lip and a gold decal

Historical information

This item is a wine glass with gold on the lip and a decal of Rupertswood Mansion

Inscriptions & Markings

Rupsertswood c1874/Sunbury

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of His Excellency, the Governor Sir Rohan Delacombe being welcomed to Sunbury by Mrs. Sorrighan and Cr. W.J Sorrighan. Lady Delacombe and the Aide-de-Camp are looking on.

Historical information

In 1972 - 73 when Cr. W.J. Sorrighan was the Shire President, His Excellency the Governor Sir Rohan Delacombe and lady De4lacombe visited Sunbury and were welcomed at the Council Chambers in macedon Street.

Cap, Nurse's

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

White cotton shape (triangular with two curving flaps).

Historical information

Provenance unknown

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a gathering of people at an official function. A canvas booth is on the RHS with an Australian flag flyinfg. A pathway has been dug to the reception area.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the reflecting pool and clubhouse at the entrance of the Goonawarra Golf Course.

Historical information

On 4th August 1978 the construction of the Goonawarra Estate commenced. The estate was formerly known as the Goonawarra Farm and overlooked the Sunbury Township and the Jacksons Creek Valley. Plans for the development included a golf course, houses and community and recreational facilities. The golf course opened in 1980 and the housing construction continued throughout the last two decades of the twentieth century and into the twenty first century.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Troops and dignitaries are standing to attention to welcome the Governor-general

Historical information

Dignitaries and troops stand to attention as Sir Ninian Stevens takes the salute on his arrival at Melbourne Airport on 13 September 1982.

Certificate - Registrar's Certificate for Undertaker

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

This certificate is a seven schedule Registrar's Certificate for Undertaker certifying the registration of death.

Historical information

This certificate registers the death of Arthur Kingsford Lade on the 19 August 1946.

Inscriptions & Markings

"May Johnson/Alexandra..."

iron stand - Servex

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A metal iron stand with the words 'Servex and 'S' embossed at the pointed end and etched into the straight end. A straight bar down the centre links the pointed tip with the straight back. The sides are raised to hold the iron in place.

Historical information

The stand used when ironing was done on a bench which didn't have iron stands.

Inscriptions & Markings

SERVEX / S

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph showeing Station Street Sunbury at the rail crossing.

Historical information

This photograph was taken at the beginning of 2008 when building began for the new Target and other stores on the corner of Station sand Evans Streets, Sunbury.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: 8/TARGET SUNBURY

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a man shaking hands with a man in police uniform.

Historical information

This is a photograph of Prince Hassan of Jordsan shaking hands with the police commissioner, Mick Miller during the Jordanian royal visit to Melbourne in 1977.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the arrival of Elizabeth II on 19 September 1981.

Historical information

This is a photo of Elizabeth II arriving at Tullamarine to attend a meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Governmentwhich was held in Melbourne on 19 April 1981.

Dress, Inmate's

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Inmate's dress in off-white canval (?) with narrow red stripes. Back opening from neck to thigh with six pairs of eyelet holes (unhemmed). Reinforcing panel at front neck. Shoulder and side seams French stitched. Bodice and skirt pleated into waistband.

Petticoat, Inmate's

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Bodice unbleached cotton, sleeveless, fastened at back with four metal buttons (one missing), skirt grey flannel.

Historical information

Worn by patients at Sunbury Asylum. The calico/flannel petticoats were standard issue up to the 1930s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Partially legible "F7" in black ink on left front shoulder - stamp or stencil.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of six people in kayaks in the outdoor pool preparing to race.