This week we have big news from Victorian Collections, who are happy to announce a partnership with Trove, the Australian search portal behemoth run by the National Library of Australia. This means that collections catalogued on the Victorian Collections website can be shared to Trove, and appear alongside other significant material from across Australia's libraries, archives, galleries and museums.
With over 300 collecting organisations sharing 48,000 object records, Victorian Collections is a central portal to the cultural treasures held by museums and galleries distributed across the State of Victoria.
We encourage Victorian Collections participants to share their organisation collections on Trove, to give their collections national exposure and increase engagement with researchers.
When Victorian Collections put the call out for organisations that wanted to migrate their records across, these four eager participants were the first to sign up:
Anzac house is the headquarters of Victoria’s Returned and Services League. In 2014 Victorian Collections is working closely with the RSL to catalogue and preserve Victoria’s military heritage, so it’s great to have Anzac House take the lead by getting onto Trove. Anzac House has an extensive reference library of original materials such as war diaries, letters, and photographs. Check out the comprehensive collection of approximately 200 letters written by Robert Rail to his mother while on active service in the First World War, or their early military sheet music collection.
Glen Eira Historical Society has been collecting and preserving the history of their local community since 1972. Over the years they have developed an extensive collection of objects, photographs and memorabilia, and they were keen to share this collection on Trove.
The society’s photographic collection provides a window into the changing nature of the area, as shown in these photos of the London Tavern, Hawthorn Road in Caulfield in 1882and 1888. The featured photo is part of a set part of a set of photos of the four queens of Caulfield crowned for the town’s centenary celebration in 1957.
The Nurses from Ballarat are regular users of Victorian Collections, and their catalogue includes photos, books & equipment used to train nurses at Ballarat Base Hospital between 1888-1988. Their contribution to Trove is full of strange and sometimes scary medical equipment such as these Insufflators and this terrifying Tonsillectomy Tool!
Gory bits aside, the most amazing part of the Nurses League collection is the wonderful series of group photos stretching over 100 years, showing graduations and other gatherings.
Murrumbeena Cricket Club is one of Victorian Collections’ most active sporting members. Founded in 1910, Murrumbeena grew into one of the major suburban clubs by the 1930’s, and has a proud history. The collection is a great resource if you want to track the evolution of cricketing fashion and hairstyles, from 1917, to 1987 to 2009. There are also some amazing club treasures, like the ball featured above, presented to Arthur Schrape in 1942 for his feats of bowling.
If you are a collecting organisation currently using Victorian Collections and would like to make your records searchable on Trove, click here for more information. If you are interested in signing your collecting organisation up to Victorian Collections, contact the Victorian Collections team or fill out an expression of interest form.