100,000 Pieces Of Victoria’s History Now Online

26 October 2017

A further 100,000 of Victoria’s cultural objects are now online for more Victorians to enjoy for many years to come, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today joined representatives from museums and collecting organisations across the state at Melbourne Museum to celebrate the landmark achievement by Victoria Collections.

Victorian Collections is a web-based catalogue system that allows Victoria’s museums and collecting organisations to upload and catalogue their collections for free.

The website gives Victorians free and unlimited access to our state’s rich cultural heritage and diverse stories – spanning fine art, war heritage, sporting culture, technology and innovation, archaeological finds, and social history.

From Orbost to Mildura, more than 450 collecting organisations have catalogued their collections online. The collections include a wide range of digitised objects – from Ned Kelly’s cartridge bag to more curious items such as a cigarette case made from the windscreen of a Japanese aircraft, and even a mummified cat.

The epic digitisation effort is a joint initiative of Museums Victoria and Museums Australia. It’s part of the Labor Government’s commitment to making cultural collections accessible to all Victorians and preserving the state’s cultural heritage for future generations.

Victoria’s vast cultural collections can be explored at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“Reaching 100,000 objects is an extraordinary achievement. Today’s milestone is a testament to the hard work by our state’s museums and collecting organisations to secure a bright digital future for our prized collections.”

“Free and accessible to all, the Victorian Collections website is part of our commitment to making our state’s vast and valuable collections available for all Victorians to explore.”

“Victoria is home to more museums than anywhere else in the country. The digitisation of our collections allows us to share our rich cultural stories not just around our state, but to people all around the world.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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