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The Civic Memorabilia Collection is of social, historical and cultural significance to the City of Casey municipality and is a valuable part of the story of local government in Victoria. The Collection consists of approximately 800 movable objects acquired by the City of Casey and its former administrations from the 1970s to the present day.

The Civic Memorabilia Collection consists predominantly of artworks, photographic material, textiles, documents, trophies, awards, gifts, and sporting and ceremonial memorabilia. Initially, 100+ researched items have been made available through an online catalogue, with the intention to add to this resource as more information about items in the Collection becomes available.

Margaret Cromb, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick 1991, watercolour on paper, 20.9 x 48.0 cm (sight). City of Casey Civic Memorabilia Collection. Photograph: Viki Petherbridge.


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Collection history

From the 1970s, the City of Casey kept and displayed memorabilia throughout council buildings in both public and private spaces.

In 2017, with the closure of Council offices in Narre Warren, and the impending move to the new Council building and Arts Centre, Bunjil Place, the Collection was documented and moved into storage. In 2019, a project began to catalogue Collection items to museum standards and make them accessible.

In 2020, the Civic Memorabilia Collection was formed. To this date, objects have come into the Collection through Council retaining important material that had been purchased, created, awarded or gifted. As a consequence, the collection currently comprises a mixture of items, many of which require more research to identify collection relevance and significance.

Current Collection holdings document a recent part of the region’s local government history, recording a time of rapid suburban and industrial development that has markedly changed Melbourne’s outer eastern region. This change is one from a rural society, small communities and a place of pastures into a more densely planned suburban fringe and home to diverse communities.

All reasonable efforts have been made to obtain permission to use copyrighted material reproduced on this site. In cases where this has not been possible, owners are invited to notify the City of Casey by emailing arts@casey.vic.gov.au.