Series VPRS 16773
Brunswick City Council 1939 Centenary Photograph Collection
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Date Range: Series 1939 - 1939
  Series in Custody 1939 - 1939
  Contents - 1939
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1939 - 1939 Brunswick (Municipal District 1857-1863; Borough 1863-1888; Town 1888-1908; City 1908-1994) VA 2285
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2011 - cont Moreland (City 1994-ct) VA 3709
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  • How to use the Records
    The records are separated into three consignments:

    P0001 Lantern Slides
    P0002 Glass Plate Negative
    P0003 Photo Album (Open)

    Researchers should note that the lantern slides and the glass plate negatives (located in the P1 and the P2 consignments) are withheld from public inspection for reasons of preservation under section 11 of the Public Records Act 1973.

    Note:
    Some of the images of photoes can be viewed on Moreland local history database. Link to the database: http://moreland.hosting.libero.com.au/libhist/WebOpac.cls

    This URL link was accessed on 29 May 2013.

  • Function / Content
    The collection was brought together to celebrate the centenary of Brunswick in 1939. It consists of lantern slides, glass plate negatives and a photograph album.

    In 1936 a group of Brunswick residents and Councillors formed the Brunswick Historical Association, with the purpose of preparing for the centenary celebrations. Members of this group collected photographs from the Brunswick area, including images of its Councillors, prominent people and hotels, buildings and landmarks. Together, these records comprise a historical collection of various aspects of Brunswick from the 1830s to 1939.

    Members from the historical association took photographs of the original photographs and that is what resides in the collection. The original photographs were presumably returned to their owners.

    The purpose of collecting these records was to have a slide night, held on 27th August 1939. At the conclusion of the event the collection was donated to the Brunswick City Council, where it was formally accepted by the then Mayor, Ben Warr.

    Among the negatives, there is a ticket for the evening's event.


    THE LANTERN SLIDES

    These were prepared for the slide night - the formal event honouring the centenary of the City of Brunswick.

    Many of the lantern slide images appear to be processed from copies of the glass plate negative collection, which made them into glass positives suitable for projection.

    The theme of the 1939 slide show was 'a History of Brunswick', with images of its Councillors, prominent people and hotels, buildings and landmarks.

    These slides do not represent the entire collection of glass plate negatives as only a selection of the glass negatives were copied as Lantern Slides.

    Researchers should note that there are limited viewing facilities available to access these items.


    GLASS PLATE NEGATIVES

    The majority of the glass negatives are copes of original photos, pinned onto a board and photographed onto 4 x 3 plates. Some negatives are a larger format and a few of these appear to be originals.

    At the time of transfer (2011), particular slides were pointed out to PROV as being possible points of interest including an image of Steve Hart (slide Number 96), a member of the Ned Kelly gang and the first wave of Australian troops being farewelled in Brunswick prior to embarkation to the First World War.

    Only a selection of the glass plate negatives were reproduced for the slide presentation.

    There are limited viewing facilities available in the PROV Reading Rooms to access these items.

    PHOTO ALBUM

    The photo album was complied by the Brunswick Historical Association and contains images of Brunswick from first settlement to city. It also contains images of key members of the community.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The lantern slides are arranged in numerical order within a specially prepared wooden box. They are all numbered and titled, and set in the chronological order of Brunswick's history and the screening event. A full listing exists where researchers can use a keyword search or browse the list. The lantern slides also have a negative number from which they are derived.

    The glass plate negatives are arranged in numerical order within cardboard boxes. They are numbered separately to the slides. A full listing does not exist. No listing available, researchers to go through images one by one.

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P0001 1838 - 1939 Closed 1
P0002 1838 - 1939 Closed 3
P0003 - Open 1
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