The Gippsland and Regional Studies Collection (GRSC) facilitates research into, and interpretation of, not only the Gippsland region, but also of rural and regional Australia. Present collection strengths include the history, literature, Aboriginal cultures, education, land use, environment and natural resources, and social structure of Gippsland.

These materials include unique photographs and maps of rural and regional Victoria with a focus on Gippsland from the mid-1880s to the 1980s. The photograph collection consists mainly of black and white photographic prints. There are also 35mm colour slides, colour photographic prints and transparencies and postcards. The images cover a large and diverse geographical area, reflecting industrial development, agriculture, country towns and people of the region. Some of the items are photographic copies of originals held elsewhere, such as the State Library of Victoria or a private collection. The maps generally relate to Gippsland and Victoria and include maps of varying scale.

The Collection is managed by the Federation University Library, and materials are only available for use within the Collection reading room. The Collection’s holdings can be identified through Library QuickSearch (https://federation.edu.au/library), Trove and the GippsDoc indexes. Digitised images can be accessed through Trove and ResearchOnline (https://researchonline.federation.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Index). However, most archival materials are not available digitally.

Updates on goings-on in the Gippsland and Regional Studies Collection can be found at the Friends of the GRSC facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofGRSC)

Our collection

Gippsland and Regional Studies Collection (1985)

Established in 1985 as Centre for Gippsland Studies at Monash University Gippsland.