Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College archives and collections

Archives and Collections

Wesley College has an extensive archival collection that illustrates the history of the College, since its opening in 1866. This rich and mixed general archival collection includes histories, images, personal papers, multimedia, business records such as annual reports and minutes, historic artefacts and magazines. This collection is available to researchers, by appointment. Access is subject to privacy restrictions and research and reproduction fees may apply.

Over the past few years, a searchable online resource has been developed which provides access to a vast number of documents which have been published since 1866. This has been an ongoing project which has been made possible through the generous support of members of the Wesley College community. This program has involved the digitisation of all key historical documents Lion, the Chronicle, The MLC Cato Collection and each of the histories that written about Wesley.  To gain access to these valuable resources and gain a greater insight into the history of our great school, click here.

The Wesley College Art Collection has as its centrepiece, the Alec Cato Collection of fine Australian paintings, which are exhibited regularly. Works are also lent to public galleries for exhibition and research purposes. Some of the featured artists in the collection include John William Ashton, Sir Arthur Streeton, Sir Hans Heysen, Sir Lionel Lindsay, Norman Lindsay, Percy Lindsay, Penleigh Boyd, Harold Herbert, Sir John Longstaff, Frederick McCubbin and Tom Roberts.

The College is also developing its modern art collection, as well as creating a collection of student artworks. Paintings are available for viewing, by appointment, when not on public display.

Wesley College welcomes donations of archival items within its collection policy, that help illustrate the story of the school and also artworks for the art collection. Some donations of archives and artworks may be eligible to be donated under the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program where, if the appropriate criteria and valuations are fulfilled, it may be possible to receive a tax deduction for the gift.

Archival articles and resources

Come On Lads
Old Wesley Collegians 
and the Gallipoli campaign

Monte Philips and Wesley 
College Songs

World War One
Roll of Honour

Monte Phillips and Wesley College Songs 
WWI Roll of Honour 
 The Golden Age of Rowing
 Collection Curios
Renewing Wesley and 
building for the future
The Golden Age of Rowing
Adamson's Lion
Building for the future
Artworks from the
The Founding of Wesley

Modern in its time
 Artworks from the Collection  The Founding of Wesley College  St Kilda Road Chapel
The boy who followed
Freddie Binks
Our past, our future: The
Wesley College Archive
The Classical World
of Wesley
Jonah Dolphin William Willis Arthur S Way
Something Still Remains of
Wesley in 1893
The Rev Daniel Draper  Acquisitive Art Prize
Something still remains of Wesley in 1893  The Reverend Daniel Draper   Acquisitive Art Prize

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For further information about the archives and collections, please contact:
Kenneth Park
Curator of Collections

Tel: + 61 3 8102 6290
Email: kenneth.park@wesleycollege.net 
Margot Vaughan
Associate Curator of Collections

Tel: + 61 3 8102 6290
Email: margot.vaughan@wesleycollege.net