Category Archives: University of Melbourne Archives

War Stories

Image: Ray Jones, England, 1919, Ray Jones collection, 1981.0081, NN/2520, University of Melbourne Archives The University of Melbourne Archive’s records relating to World War I are extensive. The official University records document the University’s involvement in the war, through research, … Continue reading

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Seminar on North Mount Lyell Disaster 1912

Image: A group of men in front of a locomotive at the Mount Lyell Mine in Tasmania, University of Melbourne Archives (UMA), Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Co, Ltd. Collection, 1975.0083, PA/241.1. The 12 October 2012 marks the centenary of … Continue reading

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Thomas Bibby Guest

Thomas Bibby Guest arrived in Sydney in 1852. By May 1856 he  had established a steam biscuit factory in Melbourne in partnership with John Barnes, trading as Barnes, Guest & Co. The firm began the manufacture of ship and fancy … Continue reading

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Melbourne’s Maritime History Revealed

From the Duke’s and Orr’s Amalgamated Dry Docks Ltd collection, no date, item 1972.0042.0110, unit 59, University of Melbourne Archives Living in modern times where advanced aviation technology has made travelling overseas and the transport of goods an efficient and … Continue reading

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A Wealth of Detail

The Rialto, detail of third and fourth stories, c.1890, William Pitt, 1977.0115, University of Melbourne Archives Exhibition: A Wealth of Details, ground floor, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, 26 July – 12 August, open during library hours. (See http://library.unimelb.edu.au/hours#baillieu_library.) In … Continue reading

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Historical Records

The University of Melbourne Archives has recently digitised and made available online a unique collection of recordings of political advertisements from the 1949 federal election campaign. The recordings are from the ‘John Henry Austral’ advertising campaign run by the Liberal … Continue reading

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Historian Uses Archives to Research Baillieu Biography

Historian, Honorary Fellow and member of the Archives Advisory Board at the University of Melbourne, Peter Yule recently launched his biography William Laurence Baillieu: Father of Australian Industry (Hardie Grant, 2012) at the Baillieu Library. Much of Peter’s research was … Continue reading

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Ned Kelly Goes Online

A new collection item at University of Melbourne Archives, a letter by Superintendant Francis Augusts Hare, reflects on the demise of the Kelly gang. The letter was penned by Hare on 21 July 1880 from Rupertswood, Sunbury where he recuperated … Continue reading

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Edna Walling Designs

A garden design within the Bates Smart Collection of architectural materials has been confirmed as being by renowned designer, Edna Walling. The watercolour sheet shows the final design for a garden to complement a residence built in Upper Heidelberg Road, … Continue reading

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A.G.M. Michell

Above: A.G.M. Michell, Ronald East collection 1975.0084, box 2, University of Melbourne Archives. In the 150th year of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne Archives has received a significant donation of papers relating to one of the … Continue reading

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