FLAGSTAFF Hill Maritime Village has Victoria’s richest maritime heritage collection and it can now be accessed online.
Volunteers from the Friends of Flagstaff Hill have spent the past two years photographing and recording information on the 7500 items in the collection for inclusion in the online data bank.
From the Loch Ard peacock to medals presented to local shipwreck heroes and dresses worn by local notable women, the items can be viewed online along with details about their history.
Warrnambool City Council’s tourism services manager Peter Abbott said there were about 10,000 items in the village’s history collection and the job of recording them for the online collection was ongoing.
He said the collection had been built up since 1975 and most of the items had been donated.
Apart from giving the public better access to the collection, the online project has also provided a better way for the village to locate items — especially handy when item donors or those related to them come to the village to see them.
Mr Abbott said every wall in every building in the village had been given a number to help identify where items were located.
The project had also found items not listed in the paper-based records of the history collection.
“It’s given us a better idea of what we have got,” Mr Abbott said.
The volunteers recording the items were trained to use an online system being implemented in volunteer-based museums across Victoria.
Mr Abbott said the village was keen to recruit more volunteers to research information for the online collection.
The Flagstaff Hill Collection Online was launched on Friday, by Premier Denis Napthine. It can be accessed at www.flagstaffhill.com