1956 Melbourne Olympic Games Skirt, University of Melbourne Archives. Fletcher Jones Business and Family Records, 201.0031.00808

  It is 2016 and once again Olympic fever has taken hold across the country. Australia is a sporting nation which has always taken a keen interest in its athletes, their victories and of course what they are wearing! In recognition of the sixtieth anniversary of the Melbourne Games in 1956, many of Victoria’s collecting […]

Emeritus Professor David Merrett, Professorial Fellow in the Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne presentation ‘Whither Business History?: Memory, Message and Meaning’ given at the 14th annual Friends of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre for 2015. Prologue I started my Bachelor of Economics at Monash in […]

The University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) is pleased to announce that a selection of photographs and items from the Shell Historical Archive 2008.0045 have now been digitised and are available for viewing online. This collection is a rich source of photographs, images, souvenirs, artefacts and correspondence which offer insight into Australia’s motoring history. In the […]

The University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) wishes to express its appreciation to the Ritchie family for their generous philanthropic gift which has made the creation of online finding aids to the Ritchie family and business papers possible. Contained within the papers of this well-known Western District pastoralist family are early genealogical documents dating from 1749; […]

In March 2015 the National Gallery of Victoria will launch its exhibition ‘Shifting Gear’ which will showcase the work of many of Australia’s top local designers who contributed to the development of Australia’s automobile industry during the twentieth century. One such designer is Sir Laurence Hartnett who was a well known twentieth century industrialist who […]

In late 2014 the University of Melbourne Archives UMA acquired Ralph Jones’ 1975 Engineering Awards Competition submission ‘Elevated Steel Water Tower and Associated Project and his papers about the construction of the water tower at ‘Pleasant Hill’, (otherwise known as the ‘Silver Ball’) at the old Fletcher Jones Factory site, Warrnambool. The water tower is […]

The Commercial Travellers Association of Australia (CTA) represents a professional organisation of otherwise previously unrepresented workers – a white collar union for travelling salesmen – that experienced a long decline as the economy evolved and steadily made them redundant. As such, the CTA’s interests were in providing services and supports to their membership such as […]