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Fashion and WWI items now online in Port Phillip City Collection

BY Media Unit | 06-Nov-2017
A red leather dress designed by Jenny Bannister, a WWI bayonet, and an 1859 ‘Elwood abattoir’ letter are just some of the surprising items residents can now view online from the Port Phillip City Collection.
A red leather dress designed by Jenny Bannister, a WWI bayonet, and an 1859 ‘Elwood abattoir’ letter are just some of the surprising items residents can now view online from the Port Phillip City Collection.

The art and heritage collections date from 1855 and celebrate the social, cultural, political and artistic development of Port Phillip and its former municipalities of Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and St Kilda.

City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss encourages residents to make the most of the new online portal to explore the community’s eventful past.

Residents can explore the Collection online at: https://artheritagecollection.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Presto/home/home.aspx

“There are more than 10,000 art and heritage items and the online portal makes it easier than ever to study them and better understand your neighbourhood and our shared history,” Cr Voss said.

“So whether you have an interest in fashion, art, photography, local development, or the civic events and decisions that shaped Port Phillip over the past 162 years, it is now literally at your fingertips.

“Council is really proud to make the art and the Collection more accessible because we know it’s treasured by so many residents in our community.”

Cr Voss last month praised the Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre for recently donating several historical items to Council.

Council encourages all residents to visit the Collection and to also consider donating worthwhile art and heritage objects that enrich our local history, and our connectedness as a community.

The Port Phillip City Collection recognises the characters and places which provide Port Phillip’s tangible and intangible heritage and unique character.

Council is custodian of the Collection, and takes seriously its community obligation to ensure the storage, display and access of these items are maintained for the benefit of current and future generations.