Step back in time

An online exhibition gives an insight into Geelong’s wartime history. (Pictures: Supplied)

Three important themes of the City of Greater Geelong’s history – war, wool and work – are celebrated in a fascinating online collection, launched in April as a response to a co-funded report to the Council by the Government’s Building Better Regions.

The virtual Our Heritage, Our Collection exhibition features objects handpicked from the city’s expansive heritage collection of 12,000 moveable artworks, objects and artefacts – valued at nearly $28 million.

Of the 50 featured items, 11 have wartime connections – including military pins, personal stories, audio recordings, memorials and monuments. Items from the National Wool and Geelong Maritime museums will also be on show, including mayoral robes and other treasures.

The purpose-built website will continue to host exhibitions and community-curated themes, with a vision to accompany further displays in the future.

Greater Geelong mayor Stephanie Asher says the city’s heritage collection is a melting pot of diverse treasures.

“These items piece together our history,” she says. “This exhibition is one way we are making this collection more accessible for the community.”

It was particularly meaningful around Anzac Day this year.”

Cr Trent Sullivan, chairperson of Arts, Culture and Heritage, adds that the virtual exhibition is easily accessible and will open eyes to Greater Geelong’s exciting and diverse collection.

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