As well as holding the records of the various institutions which made up Victoria University, the archives also holds a collection of historical artefacts and memorabilia.
This page presents some of the artefacts held in the VU Archives.
The archives has a wide range of clothing from a number of different institutions. This includes:
Footscray Technical School prefect cap, c. 1940s
The archives has a range of photographs from all institutions. These include:
Photo of a ball held by Footscray Technical School, 1925
When no longer in use, official institution seals are transferred to the archives. We hold a range of seals from different institutions, including Footscray Technical School, Western Institute, and seals from Victoria University which are no longer in use.
Seals are used on official documents, including some contracts and agreements, and graduation certificates.
The archives holds a range of trophies and medals. Most are sporting-related and are from various inter-campus and inter-institution competitions that VU and its predecessor institutions were involved in. However, the archives also holds non-sporting medals and trophies, for example, the Moomba Trophy won by Footscray Institute of Technology in 1969 for "Best Float entered by a College or University". We also have medals awarded to students for being the top apprentice of their trade and year.
Moomba trophy, won by FIT in 1969
Other items and artefacts in the archives include:
Bust of C.A Hoadley, first principal of Footscray Technical School