The Collingwood Local History Collection is held at Collingwood Library,
11 Stanton St, Abbotsford.
The Collection includes books, directories, pamphlets, press cuttings, photographs, journal articles, unpublished essays and typescripts, theses, brochures, research notes, taped interviews, maps and ephemera. People wishing to use this collection are advised to first contact the Local History Officer at Collingwood Library.
Most photos in the collection have been added to the PictureVictoria website - see http://www.picturevictoria.vic.gov.au/. If you want to limit your search to photos held by Yarra Libraries, choose Advanced Search, and select Yarra Libraries.
Yarra libraries hold a large collection of microfilm, microfiche and CD-Rom resources such as directories, rate books, local newspapers, and birth, death and marriage indexes which are useful for general family and local history research. The library web site includes a section describing these collections in more detail - see http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/Libraries/Local-history/.
None of the microform material is held at the Collingwood library because there are no viewing facilities there. While most of the general material can also be found in many Victorian and interstate libraries, researchers wishing to consult the Collingwood rate books will find them at Fitzroy library, and the local papers at Fitzroy and/or
Collingwood Historical Society does not have its own rooms. Local History inquiries are dealt with by the Local History officer at Collingwood Library. Queries will be passed on to the Historical Society if required.
How to find out about
two books make a very good starting point:
A Short History of Collingwood by G M
Hibbins, a book of 80 pages covering the history from pre-settlement to
amalgamation in 1994. It includes a list of all mayors and town clerks from
1855 to 1994, has a good index, and copious footnotes which provide you with
further references to follow up if wanted.
In Those Days: Collingwood remembered is
based on a series of oral history interviews conducted in the 1970s and gives a
terrific picture of everyday life for Collingwood people in the earlier part of
the twentieth century: school, work, entertainment, the depression, etc. It also
includes a good introductory section of general history.
A more detailed book, but with a narrower
The Inner Suburbs by
Bernard Barrett. Based on intensive research carried out for his thesis,
Barrett concentrates on land subdivision, the development of the industrial
environment in the nineteenth century, the various factions on Collingwood
Council, drainage and sanitation, and exploitation of the Yarra.
For information on three elements which
contribute to the architectural heritage and the tapestry of daily life -
schools, churches and hotels - consult the following:
Bitter Roots, Sweet Fruit: a history of schools in Collingwood,
Abbotsford and Clifton Hill (book)
Brimstone to Bunyip: churches of Collingwood, Clifton Hill and
Collingwood's 101 Hotels (online
database on this website)
These sources give information on every
example in the category, whether existing, closed or demolished, and also put
them, as social institutions, into the overall context of life in
Collingwood - they are more than
just buildings. You can also follow up items in the included bibliographies if
you want to undertake more detailed research.
Under this section of Yarra's website you
will find the following pages:
Resources and publications
The history of your house
Historical and genealogical
linksHistory of the City of Yarra
on individuals, and house history. Use general
genealogical resources such as Births Deaths and Marriages, electoral rolls,
Sands and Kenny / Sands and McDougall directories which list all residents
alphabetically and in street order up to 1974 (on microfiche at many libraries
including Fitzroy branch of Yarra Libraries); rate books which show both the
owner and occupant of each house, and the occupant's occupation (microform at
Fitzroy Library; hard copy at Public Record Office of Victoria). The 1856 electoral roll, divided by
subdivision, lists all men who owned property, earned more than 100 pounds per
annum, or had a university degree; twentieth century electoral rolls include
all enrolled adults in each household.
The Yarra Council website includes all
conservation and heritage studies in searchable PDF format. These include general
historical and background material as well as information on individual
buildings. Go to
names See the page on this website headed This
forget the catalogue!
Documents, books, articles, audiotapes and
DVDs in the Collingwood History Collection are included in the Yarra Library
website. There are also relevant books in the general collection, including books
on general Melbourne history which will provide a context for Collingwood as
part of the greater metropolis. When searching the catalogue, you can make your
search very general, e.g. Collingwood History or very specific e.g. St Philip's Church, John Pascoe
Fawkner, Peter Nettleton. If you prefer to browse a printed version, you can
look at or buy the
Collingwood: an annotated
bibliography, compiled by David Tuck, but keep in mind it does not include
material added to the collection since the early 1990s.
The National Library of Australia's Trove
website is an absolute gold mine, especially the
digitised newspapers, which are fully searchable. Not all Collingwood papers have
been digitised yet, but
The Argus and
The Mercury are great sources. (Other
local newspapers are available on microfilm at libraries.) http://trove.nla.gov.au