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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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210 Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria

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Photograph

Key words

historic buildings
building construction

Ground floor in what was the seminar room and 2015 is the QVWC office facing east. Taken during restoration inspection.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Bookmark - Capacity Building Programs

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

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

historic buildings
cultural structures and establishments

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

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

historic buildings
building construction

Colour photograph. Ground floor kitchen facing towards north west into what was the trust office. Taken during restoration inspection.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Letter

Key words

people in political roles
letter
newsletters
official events

A4 white paper. Black ink. Copy of original.

Historical information

Letter from Joan Kirner to Janet Enlgand (first chair) about the beginnings of the centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

Correspondence in 4/7/1996

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

historic buildings
building construction
cultural structures and establishments

Colour photograph. Ground floor looking north towards what is the courtyard and QVWC office, from what was to be the cafe and in 2015 is the Breacan office. Taken during restoration inspection.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

official events
woman professionals

Colour photograph. Five women standing posing with a book "Queen of Hearts" Woman, second from right in green is Glenys Sharma General Manager. All other people in frame unidentified.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

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

Key words

annual report
financial documents

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

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

building construction
historic buildings
cultural structures and establishments

Colour photograph. North exterior wall of building facing south west. in 2015 is the QV square towards the QVWC office and the QVWC building's north entrance. Taken during restoration inspection.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Newspaper exerpt - κεντρο γυναικειων το queen victoria

Key words

greek community

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

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

building construction
historic buildings

Colour photograph. First floor corridor. Looking south to the women's lounge and what is the Fitted or Work office in 2015. The left door entrance was into the former matron's office of the hospital. Man in blue shirt sanding the floor faces away from the camera. Taken during restoration inspection.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Newsletter - Q Magazine: Yor place in the city!

Key words

governance
cultural structures and establishments
newsletter

A4 Printer paper. 8 pages. Navy and taupe on white. Grey scaled images throughout.

Historical information

Notice of the appointment of a new chair to the Trust, Jan Parkes.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Newspaper excerpt - Centre born from love, loss

Key words

cultural structures and establishments
building construction
political processes

Whole newspaper page. Sunday Herald sun page 83. Business section. colour photo of Janet England, Chair on rooftop of QVWC building.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Annual Report - Queen Victoria Women's Centre Annual Report 2003-04 From Women for Women by Women

Key words

annual report
financial documents

25 pages. Cover clear plastic. back page black cardboard. 2nd page cream cardboard with colour images. pages 3-24 black ink with images.

Inscriptions & Markings

One page is loose

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

official events
fundraising events
historic buildings
cultural structures and establishments

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.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Pamphlet - ... Will you answer?

Key words

fundraising

Large sized paper folded three times to create a four columned pamphlet - coloured images throughout.

Historical information

Donation/nomination pamphlet made for the shilling wall project

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

historic buildings
building construction

Colour photograph. Second floor southern balcony. Taken facing south west towards Lonsdale street and Swanston street. Taken during restoration.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Loyalty card

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.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Architectural Model

Key words

architectural models
historic buildings

Believed to be a to scale model of the QVWC by Wendy Hastrich. Possibly to 1:500 scale. Perspex covering the model.

Historical information

Made by architectural student - Wendy Hastrich in 1993. Barbara Cameron, "The model – taken around rural Victoria via project officer QVWC Inc. Elizabeth Vanaveld for demonstrations."

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

historic buildings
building construction
cultural structures and establishments

Colour photograph. Ground floor entrance foyer facing north west. Taken during Restoration inspection. Two unidentified women are standing facing east wearing hardhats.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Newspaper Clipping - A people's park at last?

Key words

parks and reserves
hospital
greek community
people in political roles

news paper clipping. The Age newspaper from page A11

Inscriptions & Markings

'Editorial Page A11. 13/13/96"

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

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

Key words

books
biographies

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

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Pamphlet - Step to securing your financial future

page folded three times to create a four columned pamphlet.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Registration Form - A Lasting Gift for Mother's Day

Key words

pamphlet
charitable organisation
fundraising event

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.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

building construction
historic buildings

Colour photograph. Rooftop, level five facing north east looking at the frame and basic structure of what was to be the atrium. Ladder in centre of photo. Taken during restoration inspection.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

voluntary workers
christmas

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.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Newsletter - Q Magazine: Your Centre... ... a "signpost" to many paths

Key words

newsletter
historical site
cultural structures and establishments

A4 Printer paper. 8 pages. Navy and taupe on white. Grey scaled images throughout.

Historical information

Celebrating the first ear of the QVWC.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Newspaper Clipping - Queen Vic unit on track

Key words

cultural structures and establishments
building construction

Newspaper clipping. Herald Sun - Women in business. Sticky tape on top and bottom of clipping.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

Photograph

Key words

building construction
historic buildings
cultural structures and establishments

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.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne

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Report - Report for the Period August 1995 - 30 March 1996

Key words

annual report
financial documents

The first official report as required by the Queen Victoria Women's Centre Act 1994. White A4 paper. 24 Pages. 1-17 full report. 18-24 Draft

Historical information

Drafting of the first annual report with financial statements.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top left corner markings from staples. Pages 18-24 blue pen.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne