The Creswick Campus Historical Collection contains an estimated 12,000 objects, documents and photographs relating to the more than one hundred years of forestry education at the University of Melbourne's Creswick Campus. The collection records the evolution of forestry education in Victoria through the collected specimens, objects and documents as well as telling some of the stories of those who have studied, worked and lived at the forestry school. Notable items include numerous examples of staff and student work, photographs, and several natural history collections. A substantial school herbarium contains specimens collected by former staff and students as well as esteemed scientists including Baron Ferdinand von Mueller.
We are in the early stages of making the collection available online. For display purposes, we have broken down the collection into three sub collections:
VSF Museum and Archives - includes manuscripts, objects, ephemera, images and equipment from the original VSF museum.
VSF Herbarium - inlcudes plant and fungi samples from the VSF herbarium.
Forestry Lantern Glass Slide collection - 947 images related to forestry and forests from 1904 to the 1950s.
You can read more about the collection in "The Creswick Campus Historical Collection: an Introduction" by Anne Faithfull in University of Melbourne Collections, Issue 15 December 2014.