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Cultural Collection

Glenelg Shire Council Cultural Collection

Glenelg Shire Council is custodian of over 10,000 items valued at over $6 million and manages the presentation and preservation of this treasured cultural collection on behalf of the community.
Under the ARTefacts banner, exhibitions of the collection help to facilitate ongoing understanding of and connection to the region’s history, environment and people.
The unique collection contains quirky objects, photographs and records relating to the social, maritime and civic history of the Shire, some of which are of state-wide and national significance.
We encourage you to visit the wondrous curated features of the Cultural Collection on regular display at many places and spaces in the Shire.

Cultural Collection Exhibitions

History House, Portland
The museum display documents the European settlement of Portland from 1834 covering such themes as the original inhabitants, discovery, settlement, surveying the town, immigration, the Henty family, Mary MacKillop, defending Portland, and significant events in the region’s history. Centrepiece of the museum is Edward Henty’s plough which was used to turn the first sod of soil in Victoria in 1834. The display also includes changing thematic displays drawn from the Cultural Collection and other local public and private collections.
History House
Cliff Street, Portland
Open daily 10.00am – 12.00 noon, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
except Good Friday and Christmas Day
Admission: Adult $3.00
Pensioner/Child/Student $2.00
School groups 50c per student

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Documents and Policies

A range of documents are available for download in the links below.

The South West Guns and Cannon Brochure will also be available in due course.


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IRIS MCLEOD'S SHELL COLLECTION - ONE WOMAN'S PASSION

Shell Collection

The late Iris McLeod of Hamilton was passionate about shells and her shell collection. Her collection was meticulously sorted according to their colour, shape and type. This collection was bequeathed to Glenelg Shire Council in 2006 by Iris’ estate. This display includes a selection from the thousands of shell specimens in the collection including a number of the fragile and beautiful Paper Nautilus. Most shells are from areas of the Pacific and around the coast of South Africa.

History House, Portland
Cliff Street, Portland

16 January – 5 November 2017
Open daily 10.00am – 12.00noon and 1.00pm – 4.00pm
(except Good Friday & Christmas Day)
Adult $3.00
Concession $2.00
School groups 50c per student


THE WHALE _ THA' SHE BLOWS!

Whale Tooth 2

This display includes a collection of objects associated with whales and whaling, including items made from whale bone and baleen; a collection of whale oil lamps; and 19th century whaling tools. Central to the display is a large scrimshaw whale’s tooth by Portland–born artist and master schrimshander Gary Tonkin. Scrimshaw is the craft of engraving or carving in bone or ivory. The tooth, commissioned by Glenelg Shire Council for the Cultural Collection in 2016 is inscribed with two scenes of shore-based whaling in Portland Bay as it would have been in the 19th century.

Portland Customer Service Centre
71 Cliff Street, Portland

23 January 2017 – 21 January 2018
Open week days 8.30am – 5.00pm
(Closed public holidays)
Admission free

MEDAL'S, MEDALLIONS & BADGES - RECOGNITION AND REWARD

Medals, Medallions and Badges

The medals and medallions in this display recognise special events, individual achievements, and commemorations, while the badges include fundraising and charity pins; community organisations, social and sporting clubs memberships; and acknowledgement of special events. Highlights of the display include medals from the Portland Industrial and Art Loan Exhibition of 1889.

History House, Portland
Cliff Street, Portland

6 March 2017 - 25 February 2018
Open daily 10.00am – 12.00noon and 1.00pm – 4.00pm
(except Good Friday & Christmas Day)
Adult $3.00
Concession $2.00
School groups 50c per student


LAND AND SEA - CABINETS OF CURIOSITY

Land and Sea

Glenelg Shire Council’s Cultural Collection contains many unique and fascinating items. This display brings together a collection of unrelated objects in the style of a German “Wunderkammer” or “Cabinets of Curiosity”. The objects in the display will be loosely based on the themes of land and sea. Objects include a 19th century Policeman’s baton, the key to Portland’s Powder Magazine, Bert Vivian’s home-made bellows, and a piece of 82-year-old cake.

History House, Portland
Cliff Street, Portland

7 August 2017 - 6 May 2018
Open daily 10.00am – 12.00noon and 1.00pm – 4.00pm
(except Good Friday & Christmas Day)
Adult $3.00
Concession $2.00
School groups 50c per student

THE MUNICIPAL OFFICE - CELEBRATING CIVIC HISTORY

Municipal Office Casterton

The Cultural Collection includes many items relating to the administrative and civic history of the three former municipalities which amalgamated in the early 1990s to make up Glenelg Shire. Those former local government authorities were: City of Portland; Shire of Heywood; and Shire of Glenelg. In this re-curation of the Portland display are additional photographs and ephemera, with a focus on the former Shire of Glenelg and the 1963 centenary of the Shire of Glenelg celebrations.

Casterton Customer Service Centre
67 Henty Street, Casterton

16 October 2017 – 13 July 2018
Open weekdays 9.00am – 5.00pm
(Closed public holidays)
Admission free

THE FARM / THE ZOO

The Farm

The images and objects in this display are connected by the themes of animals, fish, bird-life and the natural world. Included are children’s toys, photographs, and ephemeral and decorative items. An 1880s pull-along toy cow made in Germany which underwent conservation several years ago will be on public display for the first time since treatment. The display also includes items on loan from the Portland Historical Society.

History House, Portland
Cliff Street, Portland

6 November 2017 - 5 August 2018
Open daily 10.00am – 12.00noon and 1.00pm – 4.00pm
(except Good Friday & Christmas Day)
Adult $3.00
Concession $2.00
School groups 50c per student

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