Museum Collections and Local History Service

We collect and preserve historical information and artefacts including images, objects, maps, documents and oral histories about our local history. Find out more about our museum collections and local history service below. 

About our Museum Collections

We collect and preserve a large archive of images, objects, maps, documents and audio recordings that document our local history. All of our items are donated by residents or gathered internally.

We have three major collections:
  • Wireless Hill Collection
  • Heathcote Collection
  • Melville Municipal Collection – our City archives
As well as three sub-collections;
  • Melville Archives
  • Melville Photographic Collection
  • Melville Sound and Vision
To see the full collections search our online catalogue

Glass From the Past Exhibition

From Monday, 1 August to Wednesday, 31 August 2022, glass items from the City of Melville Museums and Local History collection will be on display at AH Bracks Library + Creative Space.

Items include historic bottles, glass plate negatives and thermometers.

Explore how this extraordinary material made from the most basic of substances has transformed the way we see, taste and feel.

Image: Majestic Hotel Beer Jug, c1964 (Melville Municipal Collection M2017.4) and Raffles Hotel Pony Glass (Melville Municipal Collection M2017.5)

Local History Service

We have access to a variety of historical information and resources through our museum collections and local history collection. We are able to assist you in conducting research about local history or family history using our resources which include: 
  • Artefacts and photographs (for a fee we can supply copies of photographs for research, presentation, or personal use)
  • Oral history interviews and transcriptions
  • Newspaper articles
  • Maps and building plans
  • History publications about the City of Melville and Melville area
  • General information about local history and ancestry organisations, as well as genealogy research contacts

Contact Our Local History Officer 

Our Local History Officer is available every Tuesday and Wednesday 9.00am to 4.00pm or by appointment at AH Bracks Library + Creative Space. For any questions please contact us at the below: If you have a request or would like more information on our local history service please fill out the request form below.

Enquire about our local history collection 

Use of Images From the City of Melville Collections

The low resolution images found in the online catalogues can be used for study or research purposes only. 

If you would like to display or publish any images you need to contact and gain permission from us by completing our local history enquiry form. Once you have been granted permission from us you will need to gain consent from the copyright holder. For more information about copyright, see the Australian Copyright Council Website.
Enquire about using our local history collection images

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