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Queen Victoria Women's Centre Melbourne, Victoria

The QVWC Archives is a current venture focusing on organising the collection to ensure preservation of the history, and business activities of the Centre and Trust, whilst allowing for acknowledgement the people and organisations who have worked within the building. The collection comprises of items after 1989, when Monash Health took over the hospital and the people of Victoria fought to keep the iconic building and legacy "for women, by women" thriving.

This is a project, run thanks to the successful grant application to Helen McPherson Smith Trust. The archival project is supported by the QVWC Trust, and there is great interest in the wider community already. The QVWC wants to continue to acknowledge its history but more importantly to use this history to grow operations. This collection has already been acknowledged by PROV in 2014 Multimedia History Award for the Centenary Digital Timeline Website project and the National Library of Australia as they have archived the QVWC website. This project will confirm both the social and cultural significance of the building and the organisations who have occupied the building by collaborating with Victorian Collections.

Items in the collection consists of items in a variety of media since the Hospital moved to Monash. The collection includes items generated by QVWC and external organisations which pertain to:
• QVWC office;
• The QVWC Trust;
• Resident/tenanted organisations while in the building; and
• The building and site itself

QVWC has a take down policy, if you believe we may have breached copyright please contact the centre.

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210 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000
phone
+61 (03) 8668 8100

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By appointment only.

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210 Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria

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Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Ground floor corridor duing restoration works. Three women stand under the arch in white hard hats during a tour of the building. Left to right: Architect Yvonne von Hartel, Minister for Women's Affairs Jan Wade, and Minister for the Arts Lorraine Elliot.

Flyer - Make a Difference

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A4 multi coloured flyer. Facade image on front and internal images of building on the back of flyer.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Ground floor corridor, facing south towards the QVWC entrance and Lonsdale street. Taken during restoration inspection.

Sticker sheet

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

20 stickers to each page. Purple logo on cream.

Exhibition Program - The Return of the Goddess

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A5 sized booklet. cream paper. 44 pages plus 3 page addition in back of program. Program provides short biographies of the 50 women featured.

Historical information

First art exhibition in the QVWC.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Level one south eastern corridor looking into where in 2015 is a doorway at the wall and where is the archive room. Taken during restoration inspection.

Pamphlet - Queen Victoria Women's Centre

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A4 page folded twice to create three column flyer.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Unofficial launch of shilling fund. Patrons cutting the cake. Eight Women stand behind a table with a cake on a swerving platter. At host's, Chair Janet England's house. Front row left to right: Maron Lau (Trustee), Fleur Spitzer (Patron), Prof. Trong Thomas (Patron), Noel Waite (Patron), Glenys Sharma (General Manager). Back row left to right: Jean Tom (Patron Country Women's Association), Janet England, Prof. Nancy Mils (Patron).

Pamphlet - An Exhibition by Paloma White of paintings, drawings and prints

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A flyer used to announce exhibition opening. Colour example of work on left of flyer.

Booklet - QVWC Women's Capacity Building Kit - Young Women, Body Image and the Digital Age

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

10 pages A4 white paper. teal accents throughout. Colour photographs.

Pamphlet - Celebrate a woman in your life

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Paper page folded three times into a pamphlet. Matte effect paper used. Colour photo on front page of two women standing behind the shilling wall. Asking for nominations or donation to the shilling wall project to honour Victorian women.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. In the annex on ground floor in the dining area of the cafe. Groups of unidentified women in frame. Facing south east towards Lonsdale street towards Lonsdale street. Photographic artwork on wall. Sky light in frame.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Ground floor of QVWC building, facing north west towards the reception desk and down the corridor towards the northern foyer, stairwell and lifts. Two people in background in north foyer. Taken after restoration works had been completed.

Annual Report - Queen Victoria Women's Centre 2007/08 Annual Report

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

book with 24 pages. coloured images and text throughout.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Ground floor acing south west into QVWC tower in what was to be the cafe. Entrances show access corridors to ormer towers. New structure for roof seen with black tarp. Taken during restoration inspection

Annual Report - Queen Victoria Women's Centre Trust Annual Report 1996-1997

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

22 A4 pages. Front page is translucent. Back of document is black cardboard. page two purple colour paper. Pages 3-21 white with black ink. Black plastic binder.

Flyer - Steps to Securing your financial future.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A4 sheet cardboard folded twice to create 3 column pamphlet. green and maroon colour scheme.

Historical information

Women and Money month 2010

Annual Report - Annual Report 2005 -2006

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

book. 22 pages. Coloured images and text.

Inscriptions & Markings

One double page loose from centre.

Newsletter - Network Newsletter No.1 1997

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A4 sized newsletter from the Rural Women's Network. 39 pages total. On Page 22 "The Queen Victoria Women's Centre"

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Possibly in the ground floor corridor during restoration works. Three women facing the camera in white hard hats. Left to right: Architect Yvonne von Hartel, Chair Janet England, Minister for the Arts Lorraine Elliot.

Newspaper Excerpt - Making her mark in a man's world

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Newspaper articles. Sunday Herald Sun. Black and white photograph of Jenny Bright.

Press Release - Return of the Goddess and installation by Ruth Lyon at the Queen Victoria WOmen's Centre, 16/12/1996-31/03/1997

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A4 paper. 1 page.Cream coloured. Black ink. QVWC original logo in top right corner.

Poster - Missing Persons

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A3 sized poster. Requesting people who were born, gave birth or trained at the Queen Vic. Hospital to contact the QVWC. Cream paper with Black text and purple header and footer banner.

Bookmark - Capacity Building Programs

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

coloured images. cardboard. image of cupola on front and program information on the back.

Award Certificate - Lord Mayor's City Safety Award 2007

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Framed certificate. Orange background. Black text.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Lord Mayor's City Safety Award 2007. Certificate of Merit. The City of Melbourne commends the contribution made by the Queen Victoria Women's Centre Trust to the safety o the City of Melbourne. Lord Mayor John So'

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Reception area on ground floor southern entrance. Desk has an assortment of flyers and brochures. Behind reception area is a building guide. Unidentified woman appears to the right o frame in front of the reception desk. Taken from the entrance facing north

Re-purposed Quilt - The Century Bedspread

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A quilt made for the centenary of the Hospital made for the International year of women 1975. Re-purposed from a quilt used at the hospital. Given to QVWC in 1997 for the grand opening.

Historical information

Patsy Coverdale wrote on about the artwork which is found with the bedspread "This trousseau bedspread commemorates a century of our daily living, of four generations, a bedcover where many loves and lives have begun and ended. Once immaculate, its years of service, of blood, sweat and tears, have seen so many building washes that today's embroideries would shrink from. I rescued it, patched its tears and wears with needlework from ancestors and aunties to celebrate the International year of Women in 1975. It symbols include the IYW to the left, women's work and its rhythms and cycles, a pearl button for our pleasure centre. The male phallic symbol illustrates the organ's early development and its natural power with the energy of relativity behind it all."

Event Report - Queen Victoria Women's Centre 110th Anniversary Celebration 2006

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A4 sized bound report. 18 pages plus appendix. colour photos throughout including colour copies of media.

Historical information

event report for the three events, cocktail hour launch 9 October 2006, curiosities and campaigns exhibition 9th-13th October 2006 and open day 12 October 2006

Newspaper excerpt - Built by women, for women

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

newspaper page. Progress Press page 20. Black and white photo of Fleur Spitzer OAM standing with the QVWC model.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Christmas 1997 Networking and Shilling Fund Breakfast. Three women are standing in the ground floor north foyer of the QVWC building. They stand around a Christmas tree adorned with multiple and various dollar notes. Left to right: Glenys Sharma (first General Manager), Kerri Ward (Marketing from Francis Tobin & Associates) and Janet England (first Chair of the Trust).

Inscriptions & Markings

Was a standard size but has been cut.