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Our Heritage, Our Collection - Strategic Report

This engagement is closed

Contributions to this engagement have closed for evaluation and review.

Date: Thursday, 28 November 2019 to Tuesday, 31 December 2019

We welcome your feedback on ‘Our Heritage, Our Collection’ report.

This a strategic report on the use and management of the City of Greater Geelong’s Heritage Collection. It proposes a plan for how the City could manage and provide access to its 12,000 moveable artworks, objects and artefacts.

The City’s collection is estimated to be worth nearly $28 million and is spread across numerous locations throughout the region. Examples of significant items include:

  • A cloth sample c1820 from wool clipped from Macarthur's merino sheep in 1816 – first wool clip in Australia
  • A hand-made tattoo pen – confiscated inmate contraband from the Old Geelong Gaol collection
  • A c1900 spinning wheel from the Nepal and Tibet region – part of the Zakrzewski Collection, one of the most significant spinning wheel collections in the world
  • Wathourong artist Stanley Couzens’ original painting ‘The You Yangs and Corio Bay’ - commissioned by Geelong Wool Combing Ltd 1993
  • Original Mayoral Chair - City of Geelong
  • Ship's clock – SS Edina

The ‘Our Heritage, Our Collection’ report was developed through consultation with the community and internal and external stakeholders. It highlights the community’s overwhelming support to collect, care for and display more objects that greater reflect the region’s different ethnically and culturally diverse communities. The report also outlines the fantastic opportunity to showcase our proud Wadawurrung community, reflecting our long Indigenous history and supporting cultural expression through collections, stories and exhibitions.

The City welcomes public comments below.