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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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Flyer - Thank you and special offer

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A5 cardboard. Colour photos on the front of the page. Sent to customers who filled out feedback forms.

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 clipping - A matter of trust

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Newspaper clipping cut in half. Black and white photograph on the bottom of page.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Ground floor before demolition works and restoration. Counter top and pealing blue wall paint.

Pamphlet - The Queen Victoria Women's Centre

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Purple A4 paper folded twice to create a three column pamphlet. Black ink.

Historical information

Made before the opening of the centre

Newspaper exerpt - κεντρο γυναικειων το queen victoria

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Greek community newspaper. Black and white photograph of a woman sitting with a flower vase.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. On Lonsdale street and south entrance stairs of block during door of the building. Four women with hard hats face towards camera. Left to right: Minister for Arts Lorraine Elliot, Minister for Women's Affairs Jan Wade, Chair Janet England, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ann Henderson

Newspaper excerpt - There's still a lot of life left in Women's Trust, State Govt position on Queen Vic Centre, and Kirner on attack over women's centre

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A4 page of complied print media about financial troubles and a possible closure of the QVWC. Possibly from all from Melbourne times.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marking in blue pen ink o dates and page numbers. at the bottom there is a cut out o a newspaper headline reading Yarra River fish face extinction and the inscription above reads "And now the Melb Times has the ish facing 'final days'. Seems to be the Melb Times spin on everything"

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.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Guide Dogs Australia seminar in seminar room on ground floor of QVWC building. What is in 2015 the QVWC office. Looking towards east to the speaker. Audience's back to camera. Several dogs sit on the floor.

Envelope and flyer - Support the 1996 Queen Vic. Centre Shilling Fund

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Print post approved envelope. White in colour with black QVWC old logo on left corner. Inside which is a flyer requesting support for the shilling fund 1996. It is glossy white paper with black ink.

Historical information

For the shilling fund 1996 at the opening of the QVWC and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the shilling fund

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

Certificate

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

"The Melbourne City Council expresses its appreciation and gratitude to The Queen Victoria Women's Centre for the contribution made to the community through volunteer work." A4 cardboard coloured page.

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

Annual Report - Queen Victoria Women's Centre Trust Annual Report 2014-2015

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Book with 52 pages. Orange coloured cover. Inside pages white. Black and white images throughout. Black text with orange coloured accents.

Annual Report - Queen Victoria Women's Centre Annual Report 04-05

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

square book. 19 pages. Cover is brown with a coloured photo. inside there are black and white images. text is black with purple accents.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Ground floor entrance foyer facing north east to where the honour board would have been, the outline clearly visible. Taken during restoration inspection

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Black and white photograph. Taken on the rooftop facing south towards Lonsdale street in what is the atrium. Glass panels are erected, scaffolding present in frame. Taken during restoration inspection.

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.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. From level 3 balcony facing sotuh west over Lonsdale street towards Swanston street. Taken during restoration inspection.

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.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Taken in the dinning area of the cafe, annex ground floor of the QVWC building. Groups of unidentified women in frame. Black and white artwork hang from the wall. Taken facing north east.

Invitation - Photography of Susan C Clarke

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Double sided flyer as an invitation to attend the opening of an art exhibition in the QVWC building. Colour example of artwork on front of item, a biography of the artist on the back.

Envelope

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

1996 Queen Vic. Shilling Fund donation Reply Paid envelope. Cream paper. Green and navy blue ink.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. Two women behind od display cabinet in the cafe. Possibly the owner/manager on the right and the owner/chef on the left. Both looking at the camera.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Colour photograph. The eastern exterior views of the QVWC during renovations facing west. Taken before or during restoration works.

Photograph

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Black and white photograph. Ground floor acing south towards Lonsdale street in what was the cafe and in 2015 is the Breacan office. Wires hang from roof. Wheelbarrow in middle of frame. Taken during restoration inspection.

Registration Form - A Lasting Gift for Mother's Day

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A4 flyer with form on the back. Colour image of two women on from size of the page. Black ink and orange accents. Created for the mother's day appeal for the shilling wall project. A project to honour Victorian women.

Event Poster - Celebrating Women's Participation

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

A3 sized page detailing events 26 october - 22 october. green, purple and white colour scheme.

Historical information

Poster with details for the celebration of 100 years of Victorian Women's Vote