A cultured community

June 11 / 63

Shameen, Armadale, 1914, Arthur Purnell Collection, University of Melbourne Archives
Shameen, Armadale, 1914, Arthur Purnell Collection, University of Melbourne Archives

The University Library has partnered with the Culture Victoria website to share its extensive cultural collections with the wider community.

Culture Victoria’s website gives users access to Victorian cultural collections.

Visitors search across the websites and databases of Victoria’s collecting organisations to find information on more than 700 places with publicly accessible collections.

Staff from the library’s Publications, Digitisation and Cultural Collections units worked together to edit and upload University content in partnership with Culture Victoria.

The website now lists and describes every cultural collection held by the University. 

Stephanie Jaehrling from the library said two little-known Victorian architects with links to the University were featured on the website.

“Arthur W. Purnell (1878-1964) was a Geelong-born architect who maintained a thriving practice in central Melbourne,” she said. 

“He designed hundreds of buildings, including the Olympic Stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Rosebud Yacht Club, and many factories, offices, shops and warehouses.

“Many of these still exist, including Melbourne landmark Michael’s Corner on Elizabeth Street.”

Purnell’s architectural plans are held in the University of Melbourne Archives and are the subject of extensive scholarly research and publishing by Dr Derham Groves, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

Culture Victoria now also holds records of John Harry Grainger (1854-1917, father of composer Percy Grainger), a prolific architect who designed Melbourne’s iconic Princes’ Bridge.

J.H. Grainger was also the topic of a book and exhibition at the University of Melbourne in 2007, based largely on the material in the University’s Grainger Museum.

 To explore Culture Victoria, http://www.cv.vic.gov.au


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