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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

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•Historical documents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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Bust

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Bust of a man, Bernard Michael Crosbie, President of Bulla Shire 1936-1937. Made from plaster of Paris (?) painted metallic brown.

Historical information

Sculpture was made by a personal friend of the subject in the mid 1940's and displayed in the home of the subject's son, John B. Crosbie until 2001. Bernard Crosbie (subject) was the nephew of Michael Loeman, former Shire of Bulla President and owner of 'Glen Loeman'. Bernard Crosbie and his brother inherited Glen Loeman from Michael Loeman.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A studio photograph of a World War I soldier wearing uniform with a peaked cloth hat. There is an image of a garden and balustrade as a backdrop. Identified as A. Dench. It is mounted on fawn card with a fine brown border around the edge and a decorative oval mounting behind the photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Yours truly / A. Dench / (handwritten)

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a man sitting at a desk.

Historical information

In 1929 Eric Boardman took over the management of the Sunbury News in partnership with Harold Sparrow. The two men printed the Gisborne Gazette, the Lancefield Mercury as well as the Sunbury paper until 1956 when Mr. Sparrow withdrew from the partnership. In 1965 Broadglen Publishing Company took over the Sunbury News and Eric Boardman continued working as a journalist with the company until his death in 1977.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A group of school children: 1930 Sunbury Catholic School; few are indentified.

Historical information

Back row: 6th person from right is Thomas Dillon Front row: 1st person sitting on right is John Dillon? 3rd row from front: 3rd person from right is Shiela Frawley now McDougall Flora Dillon, 2nd row, 5 from right sitting

Book - Basic Skills in Arithmetic, Book 3.

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A cream and orange book with orange lettering on the cover. 136 pages of arithmetic lessons and answers.

Historical information

This book is one of a series used by grades III to VI in Tasmanian primary schools between 1954 and 1960.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A photo of a soldier in army uniform standing on the steps of a verandah of a house and carrying a riding crop. Believed to be P. Collett.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back in biro: Collett 67

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

B/W photograph of a service station with a car at the pump. Identified as Frank Ulm's service station, in Brook Street, with local man Mr. W. Treweek, and his taxi. 1952

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwriten on back: Frank Ulm's service station, Brook Street, with local man, Mr. W. Treweek, and his taxi. 1952.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A man standing near a gardent bench in front of a garden bed. There is a bluestone building in the background, with five men nearby.Unmounted black and white photograph.

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". Whilest most of the photos relate to the environs of the asylum, there are othrs taken around Sunbury and ? elsewhere. The original album is held as part of the Mental Health library Collection. During 2000 this was transferred from Mont Park to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A b/w phtotgraph of the Sunbury Asylum with the additions of the new offices.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back: JUST AFTER NEW OFFICES WERE BUILT in red crayon: ERIC BOARDMAN

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Mounted sepia photograph of soldier Harold Benzley

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front: ALICE MILLS, THE CENTREWAY, 261 COLLINS ST. MELB. Typewritten on white paper: Harold Benzley Handwritten on back: Harold Benzley

Book - Reference

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A green clothbound book with black lettering on the cover and spine. 149 pages of black print on modern teaching methods.

Historical information

Part of a collection donated by Elwyn Davis. See also 0949 - 0952.

Inscriptions & Markings

Modern Teaching - Law

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A mounted b/w photograph of the Sunbury Cricket Club in 1890 - individuals not indentified.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on back: Sunbury Cricket Club 1890 / Eric Boardman

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of the farm at Rupertswood in the foreground including the main house, school and farm together with the railway viaduct taken from the escarpment behind the property.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photo of entries in the cooking sections of the flower show. It shows the prize winners. It is mounted on cream card.

Historical information

This photograph is of the cooking sections of the entries in the Sunbury Flower Show held in the Memorial Hall. It is after the judging as the prize winners have cards placed on them.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Chr Christiansen" on top LH corner on card upside down and on the bottom RH corner.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Black and white unframed studio photo of Reggie Clarke. Mounted with some marking on LH side.

Historical information

A studio photo of an officer standing next to a chair with tassles on arms and seat in front of a potted palm.

Eye Dropper

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A small eye dropper with a black cap at the top.

Historical information

The measuring instruments which were used in the Pharmacy Department at the Sunbury Asylum were collected by a former Curator of the GEM and members of the GEM before the Asylum also known as Caloola closed down in the early 1990's.

Inscriptions & Markings

"CLINTEST"

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a blustone church behind a picket fence known as St. Marys Catholic Church Sunbury but has been incorrectly labelled as St. Marys Catholic Church Bulla.

Historical information

St. Marys Catholic Church is now known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Macedon Street, Sunbury. From information written on the back of the photograph it was believed to be the Presbyterian Church Bulla. This being the case, it was relocated because of the construction of the International Airport. Sir Henry Winneke probably re-opened the Bulla Church on 24 November 1975.

Inscriptions & Markings

top LH corner on piece of paper pasted and type written : St. Marys Church Bulla

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

It is an image of six nurses who worked at the Sunbury Asylum. They are dressed in uniform. Three nurses are standing and three are seated. There is a banner in front at their feet with the words "United We Stand" written across it. Black and white - unmounted.

Historical information

Peter Collett was the stepson of Eric Boardman, who owner and produced the local newspaper, "Sunbury News" until it was taken over by Broadglen Publishing in 1965.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hill Nurses/ 12 / Kitchen Cottage / 1918 P. Collett - written on the back in biro.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the side view along Macedon Street of the Ball Court Hotel showing the public bar in the original building, the Take-away area and the bistro. There are three windows and a door in the original building. The take-away section has a shop front facade and the bistro entrance has two double glass doors. All doorways are covered with a cantilever brown and white canvas awning. A footpath and grassed nature strip is outside the building. 3 blue and white brewery signs are along the side of the building and 2 air conditioning units are on the roof.

Historical information

The Ball Court Hotel was built in the late 1870's by John Cahill. It remained with the Cahill family until World War 2. The Lupson family were the hoteliers for 20 years after WW2 and in 1973 the McPhersons rebuilt the interior and added air conditioning to the building. The Ball Court Hotel is the only surviving hotel from Sunbury's early settlement.

Inscriptions & Markings

In Gothic lettering 'BALL COURT HOTEL'

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph taken at the T intersection of Macedon and Evans Streets. The Sunbury Shoping Square and car park is on the RHS of the photograph. There is a blue car on the intersection and 3 white cars are approaching the intersection from Evans Street.

Historical information

Sunbury Shopping Square now occupies the railway land which was once the football ground, scout hall, boys club, fire station and tennis courts for Sunbury residents.

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.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph taken from the eastern side of the curved approach to the main entrance of the former Sunbury Asylum. The photograph shows the two front wings and attic of the main administrative building and other buildings beyond the main building.

Historical information

The building in the photograph was the main administrative building of the former Sunbury Asylum which was closed down in 1991. The buildings are now part of the Sunbury campus of the Victoria University of Technology.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the side garden and the bluestone building which was the shire offices of the former Shire of Bulla. A treated pine fence runs along the front of the property. The roses in the garden are supported with the stakes and there is a backdrop of trees behind the building.

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 Alistair 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.

Mattress Cover

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Heavy cotton mattress cover flat seam in centre. Six thin red strips running lengthwise. Numerous stain marks. Patch on one edge and two holes in diagonal corners. Hemmed at ends. Off white colour.

Historical information

The mattress cover was used on bedding at Sunbury Asylum (Caloola) prior to closing in 1992

Inscriptions & Markings

"F1" stencilled in black in centre. "F7" painted in corner.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Mounted b/w photograph of three boys in army uniform, at ease, holdiing rifles. Unidentified.

Historical information

Probably taken between 1911 and the 1920s when Australia operated a system of conscription which included school boys in cadet units. Children who did not attend could be prosecuted.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front: THE SWISS STUDIOS MELBOURNE

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A sepia photograph of some ladies standing behind soldiers seated at a table.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typewritten on front: SOLDIERS BEING ENTERTAINED AT RUPERTSWOOD 1915 Handwritten on back: GROUP OF SOLDIERS BROUGHT TO RUPERTSWOOD BY RED CROSS 1 DAY Stamped on back: FROM / F. W. TOLRA / 79 GLEN EIRA ROAD / RIPPON LEA

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of students of St Mary's Catholic School in 1940.

Glass essence bottle

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Clear glass bottle

stockings - ladies - Golden Opportunity

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coffee coloured pair of 60 denier nylon stockings Size 10. The 'Myer' price tag is on the inside of the leg and shows the department (26), the size (10) and the price (9/9). There is a band of red around the top of the ribbing.

Historical information

The stocking were worn with corsets or a suspender belt and were fastened to the foundation garments with suspenders. 60 denier stocking were not the finest knit stocking. The stockings are seamed and have a heel and toe shaping.

Inscriptions & Markings

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY / 60 DENIER / SELECTED MEDIUMS / NO 2 NYLON 10

Photograph - Photography

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Diana, Princess of Wales is being welcomed by the Governor General of Victoria, Sir Brian Murray on her arrival at Tullamarine Airport on 14 April 1983.