Uncover stories from the past at Old Gippstown
The Collections of Old Gippstown
Our collections are vast and varied. Every heritage building houses collections pertaining to its era.
Our significant collections include:
- Narracan Mechanics’ Institute Library, one of four surviving intact Mechanics’ Institute libraries in Victoria with over 2,300 books on their original shelving.
- Dr J.M. Andrew and Family Collection, an unadulterated collection representing a variety of items used during the life of the first medical officer appointed to the now extinct town of Yallourn, and housed in an old relocated Yallourn house.
- Tuck Tinsmithing and Plumbing Collection, a rare collection of plumbing and tinsmith tools used by one family over three generations.
- Camera and Photography Collection, a large collection ranging from old bellows-type cameras and including the old Yallourn cinema projector.
- Military Collection, a comprehensive well documented collection including the SMS Emden steam whistle, 1916 Mark VI horse-drawn ambulance and 1918 general service wagon from World War I, as well as many other artefacts from World War II and other military conflicts in which Gippslanders were deployed.
- Horse-Drawn Vehicles Collection housed in an old Gippsland coach house and one of the largest displays of horse-drawn vehicles in Victoria.
There is also an extensive display of old farm equipment including the massive Clayton & Shuttleworth thresher and a Sunshine Harvester housed in our Farm Contractors’ Shed.
This is one of four surviving intact Mechanics’ Institute libraries in Victoria, with their original, unadulterated collections, demonstrating the range of fiction and non-fiction
Represents a variety of aspects of the Andrew family’s life in Yallourn and is especially rich in its documentation of Dr. J.M. Andrew’s professional and recreational interests
The history of the Tuck family in sheet metal work, tinsmithing and plumbing. A rare collection of plumbing and tinsmith tools as used by the one family, over three generations
Collection of cameras, projectors, developing equipment and many other items associated with cameras and photography throughout the ages.
Old Gippstown Military Collection seeks to recognise and acknowledge the supreme sacrifices so many of our men and women from Gippsland made for their family and country in all military conflicts
One of the largest display of horse-drawn vehicles in Victoria housed in an old coach house and includes Butcher’s Cart; two Coal Box Buggies; Double Brougham; Farmer’s Dog Cart; Sidebar Whitechapel Cart
Donate your time
Help us by donating your time and become a collections volunteer.
If you have a passion for Gippsland history and some time to spare, please give your time & help in the role of collecting the wonderful artifacts and keep Old Gippstown thriving with the history of Gippsland.