F.A. Singleton Earth Sciences Collection

The F.A. Singleton Earth Sciences Collection relates to the history of teaching geology, palaeontology and earth sciences in Victoria. Named after Frederick A. Singleton, a leading Australian palaeontologist and authority on Australian tertiary mollusca, the collection contains scientific geological and fossil samples, as well as archival material such as maps, books, photographs and staff memorabilia related to the teaching of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Selected items from the collection are displayed in the main foyer of the McCoy Building on Elgin Street.

Other objects within the collection of interest include the large gold bullion scales, c.1852, that originally belonged to the Bank of New South Wales and were used during the height of the Victorian Gold Rush in Ballarat; and a collection of Victorian gems, gold crystals and alluvial gold from the Victorian gold fields with the earliest sample dating from 1853.

For further information on the collection contact John Pederick, E: pederick@unimelb.edu.au, T: (03) 8344 4874.