Australian sights revisited online

The University of Melbourne’s Digitisation Centre recently digitised over 1100 black and white photographs from the Commercial Travellers' Association collection held by the University of Melbourne Archives. Dating from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, these images depict popular Australian sights and holiday destinations of the time. Now all available online, the images have been catalogued by two student volunteers who have captured the place and date for the majority of the photographs where known.

Formed in 1880, the Victorian Commercial Travellers' Association was established to improve the conditions of employment and accommodation for commercial travellers. During the first half of the 20th century the Association took on an active role promoting Australia as an immigration and tourism destination through its two publications Australia Today and Australian Traveller.

You can now step back in time by searching the Archives’ Digitised Items catalogue for your favorite holiday spots, from bush to beach to city. See what has changed or what has stayed the same! Join the brave standing on the edge of a precipice in the Blue Mountains, NSW; snuggle a "native bear" at the Koala park, Pennant Hills, Sydney, NSW; see how pineapples grow at a pineapple plantation in Nambour, Queensland and cool off at Henley Beach, South Australia. Virtual Reality Archives style.

Image: Sunlight and shadow in the valleys of the Blue Mountains at Katoomba, NSW, 1938. Commercial Travellers' Association collection, University of Melbourne Archives