Growing together – Trove and Victorian Collections
Thousands of new records from Victorian organisations are being added to Trove
11 November 2014
Trove recently started harvesting records from the Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum. It’s one of a growing number of organisations whose records are flowing through to Trove as a result of our partnership with Victorian Collections.
Community collecting organisations from across Victoria have been using Victorian Collections to catalogue and publish the records of their museum, art and other heritage collections to the web since it was developed by Museums Australia (Vic) and Museum Victoria in 2009. This year has seen close to a doubling of the number of objects on the site – they’ve just broken the 50,000 object mark!
Trove’s first harvest from the Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum reaped 8 items, making it our smallest collection – but all that has now changed. Victorian Collections’ 50,000 object milestone was achieved when the Tatura Museum moved their catalogue of over 3,000 records across to Victorian Collections. And now it’s all in Trove as well.
The Tatura collection is a fascinating part of Victoria’s history. Many of the objects were made by German, Italian and Japanese prisoners of war, or civilians interned during the 1940s, some of whom settled in Victoria after the war. Having the collection online gives Victorians unprecedented access to their lives through photos, letters and many other objects.
Some of the interesting objects from Tatura include this Christmas tree, given by the Red Cross to internees of the camps during the Second World War.
It’s easy for members of Victorian Collections to contribute to Trove. Contact us if you’d like to know more.