National Wool Museum Collection

The National Wool Museum collection is now online at Victorian Collections.

The collection of the National Wool Museum tells the Australian story of wool, fibre and textiles. It contains a range of material relating to the people involved in all aspects of the wool industry since colonisation.

The National Wool Museum collection forms part of the larger City of Greater Geelong Heritage Collection. The collection is people-oriented, containing items and records documenting their lives within the industry, from the farm to the factory, as well as the range of products made from wool.

The collection contains significant documents, images and objects relating to the history of Geelong and rural Victoria, punctuated by significant wool-related items from other states. The oldest known item in the collection dates to the late eighteenth century.

The collection consists of over 8,000 objects, and includes textiles, paper-based items, objects, paintings, photographs and large pieces of machinery.

The National Wool Museum collection can be accessed online through Victoria Collections and also at Geelong Heritage Collections.

Donate to our collection

Thank you for your interest in donating to the National Wool Museum Collection. It is with your support we can continue to tell the history of wool in Australia.

The Museum collects objects that are linked to the process, production, creation and daily life related to the wool industry based on our five themes. Our five key themes are:

  1. The Dennys Lascelles Company and the CJ Dennys & Co. Wool Store, which houses the Museum (which may cover anything from the building’s history to its workers)
  2. The Australian wool and textile industries (from wool farms, stores and textile mills, to the domestic production of wool and textiles)
  3. Arts and crafts relating to wool (from garments to quilts, commercial and domestic).
  4. Machinery and objects used to process wool (from industrial looms to domestic spinning wheels)
  5. Australian cultural life / social history relating to wool

To donate to the museum, we need to know the provenance of the object – when, where and by whom was it made, owned or used.

Please complete the Collection Assessment Form and provide us with as much information as possible along with a photograph of the object. Scan and email the completed form to [email protected]au or print and mail it to:

26 Moorabool Street
Geelong VIC 3220

Please allow 14 days for us to acknowledge your donation.

Please note: museum staff cannot offer valuations.

Page last updated: Monday, 19 July 2021