Burnley Campus Archives


Initially assembled in 1991, the Burnley Archive Collection consists of materials relating to the Burnley Horticultural College, its subsequent ownership by the University of Melbourne and its listing on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Now known simply as the Burnley campus, we’ve been teaching horticultural courses here for a variety of educational institutions since 1891, with the site first put aside for the Horticultural Society of Victoria in 1860. In 2015, Burnley campus marked 125 years of continuous horticultural education, an international record.

The archive was initially assembled for the teaching centenary of the College, and to form a research source for the publication Green Grows Our Garden: A Centenary History of Horticultural Education at Burnley, by A.P. Winzenried (Hyland House, 1991). The archive is comprised of materials that date back to the mid-19th century, including the College's official records (principals' administration records, registers, student attendance books, alumni deposits, student club documents etc.), design plans for the Gardens, examples of student projects such as landscape plans, pressed plants and insect collections, photographs including glass lantern slides, news cuttings, maps, plans and films. It also contains artefacts such as ploughs, leadlight windows and jodhpurs and other uniform items.

View a Showcase of our Collection including our Glass Lantern Slides here: https://omeka.cloud.unimelb.edu.au/burnleycampusarchives

For further information about the collection, or to request access, contact Jane Wilson: jane.wilson1@unimelb.edu.au.