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Spotlight On The Archives

The Local Studies Archives is an interesting and diverse collection of photographs, maps, architectural drawings, film, family and organisational collections, and objects. Enjoy a glimpse of what the Local Studies Archives contains by exploring our spotlighted exhibitions below.

The Haddon Family Archive

The Haddon Family Archive is an eclectic collection of material donated to the Library.

The collection includes photo albums, letters, handwritten notes, books, and articles from the family, as well as material from the family's travels, and periods of time spent abroad, including New Zealand.

Lilac Time Collection

The Lilac City Festival, known affectionately as 'Lilac Time', is Australia's longest continuously-run community festival.

The festival was established in 1951, and occurs every October long weekend. The lilac flower was selected by Goulburn citizens as their floral emblem due to its spectacular abundance on the streets and in the gardens around our town.

The MacDonald Family Archive

The MacDonald Family Archive contains diaries, scrapbooks, recipe books, and memorabilia from one of Australia's most prolific early pastoral families.

Dan MacDonald, born near Laggan, owned ‘Rossiville’ in Goulburn and ‘Arnprior’ in nearby Larbert, before taking up the pastoral lease at ‘Fossil Downs’ in Western Australia, one of the largest cattle stations in Australia. Dan's daughter, Jean, bequeathed this collection of priceless memories to the Library in 2004.

The Lieder Theatre Company

The Lieder Theatre Company is Australia's longest continually running theatre company, celebrating 130 years in 2021.

A potted history of the Company, highlighting some of the wondeful historical and archival resources available at the Library.

The Wheatley/Bladwell Family Archive

The Wheatley/Bladwell Family Archive is a wonderful pictorial collection of two of Goulburn's most prominent and well respected Goulburn families of the early 20th Century.

The Wheatley Family, pastoralists and auctioneers from the Gunning and Goulburn regions, and the Bladwell Family, proud tailors from Goulburn, were tied together by family marriage in 1905.

Kenmore Psychiatric Hospital

Kenmore Psychiatric Hospital is one of the most iconic historical sites in Goulburn and NSW.

Built in 1894 and operating as a hospital until the mid 1990s, Kenmore Hospital made a massive contribution to the Goulburn community. It cared for countless patients, launched hundreds of nursing and artisan careers, provided school-day memories of a place to play sport, forged many a lasting friendship, and provided a spectrum of on-the-job training for thousands of Goulburn citizens over many decades. In the first half of the 20th century it was a cultural and sporting hub for the community.

St John's Orphanage

St John's Orphanage has been an important landmark in Goulburn since it was first built in 1912.

Designed by renowned local architect E.C. Manfred and run by the Sisters of Mercy and Catholic Church, the old Goulburn Boys Orphanage housed thousands of young people before it was closed in 1978.

A melodious tour of music in Goulburn, into the 21st Century

Goulburn and its surrounding districts are home to a vibrant arts and music community, and play host to an equally exciting variety of artistic and musical endeavours.

A melodious tour of music in Goulburn, into the 21st Century delves into the Library's Vertical Files collection to discover a broad range of music-related activities in Goulburn and surrounds in the first part of the 21st Century.

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