Image Collection

The RHSV’s image collection of over 30,000 objects includes items of national significance, such as a painting by the Aboriginal artist William Barak, an engraving by Tom Roberts, drawings by Jane Cannan and lithographs by Eugene von Guerard, Nicholas Chevalier and S.T. Gill. Apart from original artworks, the Images Collection also includes postcards, maps and parish plans, as well as items of museum ephemera.

The RHSV holds approximately 2,000 maps that range from rare manuscript maps to parish plans tracing the history of land occupation throughout the State.

The Society’s collection of historical photographs dates back to the 1850s and 60s and includes daguerreotypes, albumen prints, silver gelatin prints, glass negatives and glass slides. Major subject areas are portraiture, street scenes – both Melbourne and many Victorian country towns, architectural and occupational.

Reproductions of many of these images may be made to order. To submit a research request, email your Image research query to