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Local and social history

Discover more about the vibrant history of Albury with our local and social history collections.

Abikhair Emporium

When the Abikhair store was closing in the mid 1990's AlburyCity was fortunate enough to acquire the complete merchandise and stock from this iconic Albury store for the collection.

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Albury Base Hospital

One of the oldest institutions in Albury, the Albury Base Hospital has a special place in local community memory. This collection includes historic documents, nurses uniforms, photographs, memories captured on film, medical instruments and even an iron lung.

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Albury Botanic Gardens

This collection reveals the creative, social and horticultural history of Albury Botanic Gardens, telling the stories of early curators and those who’ve enjoyed the gardens over time.

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Bonegilla Migration

For over 25 years AlburyCity has been collecting objects owned by former residents of the Bonegilla migrant reception centre; things that people brought from their homeland that gave them comfort, photographs, domestic appliances, children's toys, books and clothing.

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Drivetrain Systems International (DSI)

The last gearbox made at Lavington’s gearbox factory features in this collection, as well as memorabilia from when it was known as Borg-Warner, BTR Automotive, ION Ltd, DSI and Geely Automotive Holdings.

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Bakery equipment and archives relating to the operation of the Federal Bakery in Howlong from 1914 to the 1970s.

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Harmony in the Home

Feel like doing some comfort cooking? Be inspired by local cooks of yesteryear and have a go at making a recipe from the past.

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Indigenous Artefacts

The AlburyCity Indigenous collection contains many traditional artefacts from the Wiradjuri region including bark paintings, weapons, stone tools and a canoe scar tree.

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McPherson Studios

Albury's McPherson's Studios specialised in weddings, portraiture, child studies and commercial photography. Established by Duncan McPherson (1884-1952) in the 1930s, the studios operated in Anzac House, 611 Dean Street, Albury.

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Murray River Performing Group (MRPG)

The Murray River Performing Group (MRPG) were a key performing arts group in the region. This collection documents their history and development and showcases flyers from their many performances.

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National Growth Centre

The National Growth collection paints a picture of the social interaction, architectural diversity, and historical and environmental landscape changes over the period from 1974 until 1990.

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Nurture: It takes a village

Podcasts exploring the stories of regional and rural women cultivating a village to support them in their journeys.

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Sports Memorabilia

Unique sports memorabilia such as Margaret Court’s Wimbledon tennis racket and Jack Crawford’s Australian open trophy are among this collection.

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The Albury Battery

Telling our unique local story and experiences of World War I, this collection explores conditions on the battlefield, life here - at the home front, the role of women and Indigenous Australians during the war.

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The Hawksview

The Hawksview Collection is a vital part of AlburyCity's costume collection and consists of clothes and accessories from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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The Uiver

The story of the Dutch DC2 airliner 'Uiver' and the role Albury residents played in its rescue in 1934, is a fascinating and important event in the city's history.

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Writing Home

Read the letters sent home from Arthur Leslie Hewish to his mate Les, whilst serving in World War 1. The letters that Les wrote to Frank were coloured by his experiences. Earlier letters were more light-hearted, with the tone becoming more serious as his experience of war grew.

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Come together at the library

Borrow from our collections of books, DVDs, e-books and magazines; browse the internet on our computers, access free wifi, attend exciting exhibitions and programs, and meet up with friends for a coffee at Retro Lane Café.