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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

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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•Historical documents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 a large demolition machine in front of a partly demolished brick wall. A leafless tree in on the LHS of the photograph.

Historical information

The photograph was taken when the old toilet blacks in Evans Street were being demolished. They had been replaced by a newer comfort station which is visible in the background. That block was eventually demolished to make way for the bus terminus near the railway station.

Flag - Victoria 150

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A large green and white flag with black print.

Historical information

This is a Victoria 150/Growing Together 1984-5 flag used by the Shire of Bulla Council during the celebrations.

Inscriptions & Markings

"VICTORIA 150/..."

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph showing a construction site with Jacksons Hill in the background.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: 17/TARGET-SUNBURY

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of 3 men. One has teed off and the other two are watching him.

Historical information

The series of photographs were taken shortly after the opening of the newly established Goona Warra Golf Club in the early 1980s. The golf club was part of the Goonawarra Housing Estate which was developed on the area previously known as Goonawarra Farm. The new golf club replaced 'The Pines' which was part of the Caloola complex.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph showing a partial view of a recently constructed road with the ground in the foreground excavatesd . A housing estate is visible in the middle distance. Surveyor's measurements have been written across the photograph in red biro.

Historical information

The photograph was taken during stage 7 of the sewerage construction in the in the Gumtree Hills Estate near Racecourse Road in 1975.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in red biro across the photograph: J/36----------------J/36/1

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured polaroid photograph of a large mechanical digger parked adjacent to a large building in the former council depot.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of the Sunbury township looking west from Goonawarra across to Mt. Holden. Four gum trees are growing in the foreground.

Historical information

The photograph was taken before the rapid expansion occurred in Sunbury in the 1970s when the development of the Goonawarra Housing Estate and the golf club took place in the latter years of that decade.

Spoon

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A silver plated teaspoon with fancy handle with Shire of Bulla insignia "City Living Country Style" on the end. It is stored inside a clear plastic box with a yellow base.

Historical information

This teaspoon was used as a souvenir when the Shire of Bulla was promoting the concept of City Living Country Style in the local government area, in the decade 1980 - 1990.

Inscriptions & Markings

"City Living - Country Style / SHIRE OF BULLA"

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the swing bridge which straddles Deep Creek behind the former Bulla Primary School. The bridge is constructed from timber and wire cables. A row of pine trees is growing on the opposite side of the bank.

Historical information

The timber and cable swing bridge was constructed to allow school children easy and quicker access to the Bulla Primary School. By using the bridge the children's travelling t ime to and from school was shortened. Afte the Bulla School closed the bridge became private property.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph of a couple being presented at a debutante ball. Mounted on card.

Historical information

This is a photograph of a couple being presented to Cr. William Sorraghan and his wife at the 1973 Presidential Ball held on the 11 May 1973 at the Memorial hall.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oakleigh Studios

Book - Letts No.26 Diary 1899

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Blue cloth bound book with gold lettering on cover and black printing on the pages.

Historical information

This is a works diary used in 1899 for jobs to be carried out by the Shire of Bulla.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Works Diary 1899"

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photocopy of three females and a male standing in front of a building.

Historical information

This is a photocopy of a photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Mommsen with two other women.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of a side view of a bluestone building which has a low pitched roof. The guttering is painted dark red and the facia board is primrose. There are two 12 paned sash windows along the side wall which has a trellis attached to it. An open grassed area is in the foreground with a sand mound in the middle of the grass.

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 coloured photograph of two men standing in front of a car with their hands behind their backs.

Historical information

This is a photograph of the president of the Shire of Bulla, Bert kelly standing with the shire secretary, John Kelly awaiting the arrival of the prince and Princess of Wales at Tullamarine on 26 october 1985.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A sepia photograph of a military policeman on a horse. Unmounted.

Historical information

A photoof a military policeman on a horse standing in front of tents. 1914/1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back: Red cap /on military police in Cairo/English /corporals/For son.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the area around The Nook and the old swimming pool. A white sedan is parked under a line of trees. Linen finish and rounded edges.

Historical information

The photograph was taken at the beginning of the sewerage works in Sunbury, which were done in stages between 1974 and 1975. before the pool at the Sunbury Aquatic Centre was built, the water hole in Jacksons Creek at The Nook was a popular swimming area.

Jug

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A small glass measuring jug with three pouring lips and handle. Meassuring indicators for ounces and cups on one side.

Historical information

This jug was probably used in the kitchen in the preparation of food and for cooking.

Inscriptions & Markings

"1 oz, 2 oz... 1/4 cup..."

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A b&w photo of twon men shaking hands in front of a metal plaque

Historical information

This is a photo of an unnamed man together with Cr. Michael Donovan standing at a white picket gate holding a Victoria 150 banner

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of a man swearing an oath before another man.

Historical information

Former councillor, Des Dumbrell is swearing an oath of allegiance before John Kelly who was the shire secretary of the former Shire of Bulla in 1986.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the Evans Street Grasslands a few weeks after the Autumn burn-off. Green regrowth is visible across the burnt area. The photograph is looking south to the grasslands nursery and workshop.

Historical information

The Evans Street Grasslands are situated on former railway land and contain many unique varieties of Australian Wildflowers and native grasses as well as insects, birds and animals.| Each year selected sections of the grasslands are burnt during the Autumn with the Sunbury CFA supervising the controlled burning of the area.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A sepia photograph of John McMahon speaking to a group of people on a bus.

Historical information

The photograph was taken to commemorate the 'turning on' of water from the Bolinda, Main and Charles Creek Schemes by the then Minister of Water Supply, the Hon. W.J Mibus, MLA on the 15 August 1962. This scheme provided a greater provision of water in the holding areas and an increase in its distribution. J.J McHahon was the chairman of the trust and the commissioners were : M.P McMahon, G.L Oates, D.G Duggan, R.A Geyer and R.J Fisher. John kelly was the secretary and C.W.Candy and partners were the engineers.

Plaque - Pines Golf Club

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Polished wooden framed plaque with names of Treasurer and Secretary in black of the former Pines Golf Club for the years 1954 to 1993. A burgundy line separates the two positions.

Historical information

This plaque was used by the Pines Golf Club to record the years and names of members who held positions of Secretary and Treasurer at the Club. The Club ceased functioning approximately late 1995 early 1996 when the Urban Land Authority redeveloped the land around the Sunbury Asylum. Also known as Caloola Pines Golf Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

"TREASURER SECRETARY..."

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of the Evans Street Grasslands with a grassy ring. The railway line is in the background.

Historical information

The Evans Street Grasslands are situated on former railway land and contain many unique varieties of Australian Wildflowers and native grasses as well as insects, birds and animals.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A group photograph of a cricket team and others. Unidentified

Certificate - Registrar's certificate for undertaker

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A seventh schedule standard registrar's certificate for the undertaker used in 1930s. The certificate gives the name, age, previous place of residence and denomination of the deceased, the grave site and date and time of burial. The burial certificate has been removed. The figure 721 has been pencilled in the top RH corner. The registrar's signature is stamped at the end of the information. The stamped signature of W. W. Lang has been crossed out in red pencil and H Robvinson's signature stamped in purple.

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 sent it to the registrar after the burial. The certificate registers the burial of Patrick Hogan which took place on 7 June 1939.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bulla A.V. TOBIN PTY LTD 721 / WILLIAM HENRY ROBINSON / Patrick Hogan / 7 February 1939 / 7 February 1939 / H. Robinson / W. W. Lang /

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A black and white photograph the Sunbury Fire Brigade at the Demonstration Day in 1936 in Geelong.

Historical information

This photograph was taken when the Sunbury Fire Brigade attended the Fire Brigade Demonstration Day in Geelong in 1936. Demonstration Days were a regular event.

Inscriptions & Markings

written on back: Geelong 1936

Rupertswood Battery Collection

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A metal bugle with small banner attached to handle.

Historical information

This is a bugle used by the Rupertswood Battery of Horse Artillery. Tony Menhennitt was involved with the Battery for 34 years and was Commanding Officer when the Battery was disbanded in 2011.

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

Mounted b/w photograph of a large group of people in a hall at Bulla. "A HEARTY WELCOME to all" is on a notice on the back wall.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on bottom LH side: Le Roy / PHOTO /197 Bourke St / Melbourne Handwritten on front: Bulla Handwritten on back: Eric Boardman

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A b/w postcard portrait of Bert Swift, seated.

Historical information

c1914 - 1915 infantry private 1st AIF

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on front: BERT SWIFT Printed on back: POST CARD DARGE, PHOTOGRAPHER 175 Collins St. Melb. Victoria

Photograph

Hume City Civic Collection, Sunbury

A coloured photograph of construction on the site of the Sunbury Railway Station. The photograph has been taken from the Macedon Street bridge and is looking south towards Station Street. The old rail tracks have been removed and excavation work is in progress to make way for the new tracks. The new rail lines have been placed on the side of the track on the RHS of the photograph.

Historical information

This photograph was taken during the upgrade of the bendigo Railway line at Sunbury Station. The upgrade of the line took over twelve months to complete and bus services replaced the train service during that time.