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The Cultural Collection

The Cultural Collection

Our cultural collection is comprised of civic history, visual art and public art.

Our Cultural Collection is comprised of the following:

  • civic history
  • visual art
  • public art

Civic history

Our civic history collection relates to the history of the City of Whittlesea, including memorabilia, historical and contemporary commissioned photos, historical documents, cultural gifts, plaques, medals, Councillor portraits and honour boards.

Bridge Inn Hotel 1875 Thomas's Bridge Inn pre 1878 (date sourced from Historic Views of the City of Whittlesea). 

Visual art

Our visual art collection includes paintings, drawings, textiles, ceramics, photos and small sculptures.

Highlights include the John and Gillian Borrack Federation Bequest of 40 watercolours and the Thomas de Kessler gift of 41 works on paper.

John and Gillian Borrack Federation Bequest

The John and Gillian Borrack Federation Bequest is a generous donation of 4 decades of painting in the rural north and northeast of Melbourne.

The paintings represent a valuable record of historically important scenes and buildings within the municipality and the Plenty Ranges. A large number of the artworks are currently on display at our civic centre in South Morang.

Learn more about the upcoming exhibition Luminosity and Poetic Vision: The Art of John Borrack.

Winter Frost, Yan Yean
Watercolour on paper

Public art

Our public art collection consists of more than 90 works created by contemporary artists in a variety of formats and materials.

Sculpture, murals, mosaics, street furniture as well as installations that respond to themes such as local history, identity and the natural environment.

Works are located in parks, libraries, shopping precincts, community and leisure centres and can be found throughout the municipality.

'Os' by Alexander Knox located at the corner of Linacre and Mammalia Drives in Bundoora.