Cultural Collection

An oil on canvas
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. 


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. The 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


Portland Saddler, Bert Vivian

A black and white picture of the saddler Bert Vivian (1893-1974) was a second generation Portland saddler. His father William had operated a saddlery in Rosebery in the Victorian Mallee before relocating to Portland in the late 19th century.
Bert began work as a saddler at W. H. Vivian, at 58-60 Percy Street Portland, continuing in the business after his father’s death in 1928. The exhibition includes saddlery and leatherwork tools, photographs and other items belonging to Bert Vivian.
These items were donated to the Cultural Collection by Bert’s daughter, Miss Betty Vivian, in 2012.

Seafarers Wall Portland

If you would like to make an application to Erect a Plaque on the Seafarers Wall in Portland, please complete the below form. 

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