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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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Loyalty card

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Loyalty coffee card. Purple ink on blue cardboard. Recipe for salami pizza roll on the back.

Inscriptions & Markings

Three stamps on the back indicating that there is a free coffee available.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour Photograph. Volunteers Christmas Party. Taken in ground floor entrance foyer at the southern end of the QVWC building. Five women stand between two doors on the eastern side which lead to the cafe. These were volunteers for the Trust. Left to right: Cecelia Silverman, Maria Kremidas, Leonie Christopherson, Helen Armitage, and Sylvia Chesterman.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Shilling Fund launch. Janet England, Chair of Trust, addressing the audience. Level four Victoria room QVWC building. Candles in foreground.

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.

Invitation - It's the 10th ANNIVERSARY of the Queen Victoria Women's Centre Trust!

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Thin carboard double sided document. Orange, purple and white colour scheme. On the front right side of item is a purple 'grey scape' of the QVWC building. on the back Provides details of the event.

Historical information

For an event held for the 10th anniversary of the QVWC Trust.

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

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. From rooftop level five. Taken on north west of floor facing towards Swanston street, Melbourne Central and little Lonsdale street.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Newly created architectural model of the QVWC. Annexe or Rooftop atrium not included. Only a southern end image.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Ground floor looking east formerly the administration offices into what was to be the cafe and in 2015 is the Breacan office. Ladder leaning against brick wall. Blue locked trunk left of frame, Taken during restoration inspection.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. From level five atrium after completion of renovation works. Taken from the north of the Atrium facing south over Lonsdale street.

Newspaper clipping - Centre's tax bid refused

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

newspaper clipping. page 6 Sunday Herald Sun.

Annual Report - Queen Victoria Women's Centre Trust Annual Report 1998 -1999

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

1 page A4 plastic clear sheet. 22 pages A4 paper. 2nd page cream coloured. back paged black cardboard. pages 3-21 white paper. black ink. Black plastic binder

Book - Lives and Times : My Life - My Family Jessie Yvonne Boudrie-Allen

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Green cover with a sepia tones photograph. 162 pages. black and white images throughout. one loose page detailing publishing details.

Historical information

"This book begins with some ancestral research, going on to detail the my mother's birth and family life in England 1913-1922. From 1922-2005 the book highlights her life in Victoria - Trawalla, Richmond, WIlliamstown and Daylesford. Christine Yvonne Boudrie-Allen is listed on the Shilling Wall. It presents much social history and could be useful for research in addition to enjoyment." Christine Allen 2012

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.

Newletter - Q Magazine: Welcome to the first edition of the Q Magazine!

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Printer paper. 8 pages. Navy and taupe on white. Grey scaled images throughout of women who are employed by the Trust or are sitting on the trust. Middle pages include original planned layout for the QVWC building.

Historical information

First edition of the Q Magazine

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Black and white photograph. Photo o western side of block E of the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital which was to be the QVWC before the restoration and after the hospital had moved to Clayton. From Lonsdale street with a number of cars in the foreground of photograph. Scaffolding at right of frame.

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

Large Framed Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Black and white framed reprint of a photograph of the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital c. 1912 from the corner of Swanston and Lonsdale street.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque at the bottom of the frame reads "Presented by the Women's Christian Temperance Union of Victoria 9th February 1999"

Pamphlet - Celebrate a woman in your life

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A4 page. Folded twice to create a pamphlet. Donation/nomination form for the shilling wall. A project to create an enduring tribute to Victorian women at the QVWC. Colour images on both side of the page.

Inscriptions & Markings

ticks in blue ink have been added onto the pamphlet

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.

Newspaper excerpt - Attack on innocence: Girls trapped in cycle of violence and Top Dee lets loose on men

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

newspaper page Herald Sun page 13. Colour photograph of two people holding white ribbons in front of the north facade of the QVWC building, Demons coach Neale Daniher and Jan Daniher.

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.

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.

Flyer - Book now for Christmas

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A5 cardboard. Colour photos on the front of the flyer.

Newspaper clipping - Women's centre going broke

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Newspaper clipping Emerald Hill Times either page 5 or 6. Black and white photograph of Glenys Sharma, CEO on the rooftop of the QVWC building.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photo. Taken in first floor gallery space. Example of the first art exhibition the QVWC hosted. Busts of influential women 'Return of the goddess' by Ruth Lyon.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Level two corridor facing south towards what in 2015 is the the Emily's List office. Taken during restoration inspection.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph believed to be an information desk. Taken on ground floor foyer during the official opening weekend. Possibly shilling fund donation point. Five people in frame all unidentified.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. The board which was outside the QVWC building's gates on Lonsdale street. which details main groups involved in refurbishment of the building. "Principle: Office of Women's Affairs - Department of Justice. Principle Agent - Office of Building. Refurbishment Project Team. Project manager: Atkinson Project Management (Aust.) Pty. Ltd. Architects: Robert Peck won Hartel Trethowan. Conservation Architect: Meredith Gould Architects Pty. Ltd. Quantity Surveyor: Rawlinsons (Aust.) Pty. Ltd. Services Engineer: Addicoat Hogarth WIlson (Vic) Pty. Ltd. Structural/Civil Engineer: John Mulle and Partners Pty. Ltd. Landscape Architect: Elizabeth Peck, Landscape Architect. Building Certifier: Philip Chun and Associates (Vic.) Construction Manager: Kane Constructions (Vic.) Pty. Ltd."

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.