Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection
The Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Heritage Collection is a local history collection, which includes photos, documents, memorabilia, advertisements and ephemera relating to the history of Surrey Hills and Mont Albert (post code 3127). Its beginnings are traced to the 1970s when a small group of concerned individuals independently started to collect material. When the Neighbourhood Centre was opened in 1978, these individuals came together to create a ‘History Nook’. The Centre has supported the collection ever since. The collection is supported by an active group of volunteers, some of whom are also members of the Surrey Hills Historical Society.
There are over 2000 photos in the collection including many of early residents, sporting teams, shopkeepers and local primary school grades. The collection is not static; there is concerted collecting of contemporary material to document for the future some of the many changes in the built environment of our suburbs over recent decades. There are also c200 vertical files and several thousand index cards on individuals, organisations etc.; a small collection of ephemera and artefacts; an almost complete run of the Surrey Hills Neighbourhood News; 4 registers containing details of every house in Surrey Hills and Mont Albert and a reference library.
During 2007, photos in the collection were scanned, so the collection now contains digital images as well as hard copies. The current focus of work on the collection is cataloguing it onto the specialised computer database, DbTextworks (In Magic), and as items are catalogued, details are uploaded to the Local History Database of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV). Anyone can access the information on the database through the RHSV website: http://historyvictoria.org.au/